The cost of masks used in healthcare facilities has increased 391% since the pandemic started. Children's Smile Center clinics schedule over 13,000 appointments a year for low-income children in Southwest Missouri, so the increase in cost is significant to our organization.
Impact on Southwest Missouri:
This project will purchase medical masks to protect all our staff and patients in the four locations where do provide dental services, including Ozark, Aurora, Branson West, and Witherspoon Surgery Center. Annually, we help nearly 6,400 children in over 13,000 dental appointments.
Financial Goal for this Project:
One box of masks costs about $15.
The average monthly cost for masks is over $500.
The annual cost for masks in 2021 will be approximately $6,000.
Children's Smile Center is thankful for all donations to support our staff and our mission to provide oral health and wellness to children through access to dental care. We continue to do this in an environment where the Missouri Medicaid reimbursement does NOT cover the cost of care we provide.
Compassionate Care Story:
One of the best compliments we receive at our dental clinics is when a parent or patient says "this feels like a regular dental office." This might not sound like a big deal, until you REALLY think about what they mean. So many who receive services in the welfare community have been accustomed to substandard and aging facilities with limited access and patchwork scheduling.
At Children's Smile Center, we emphasize quality facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and professional staff providing up-to-date dental services in an environment of care, compassion, integrity, common sense and respect.
To see the amazing work our friendly and compassionate staff does in providing dental care to children at a "regular" dental office, please go to our Facebook Page.
Thank you for supporting CSC!
The Children's Smile Center board and staff want you to know how much we appreciate your individual donation during Give Ozarks Day.
We were thrilled to see 21 donors provide us a total of $973 in gifts that go towards our need to pay the increased costs of operating our dental clinics as a result of the pandemic.
Also, we were BEYOND excited with the news that we were one of twelve agencies to receive a $5,000 grant that was awarded just after 1:00 p.m. on Give Ozarks Day as a result of individual donations made between noon and 1:00 p.m.
This brings our fundraising total for the day to $5,973!
Thank you for your continued faith in our work and for your gift to help us offset the rising cost of protective masks used every day in our dental clinics.
Executive Director of Children's Smile Center