PRESS RELEASE: AUGUST 11, 2023
The Dental Center Closes its Doors
Since 1910, the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio has provided primary oral health services for underserved children and adults in Northwest Ohio. After significant staffing and financial struggles over the past two years, the Board of Dental Center has reached the regrettable, but unavoidable, decision to cease clinical operations as of August 11, 2023. This decision was not made lightly, but the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio lacks the financial resources to continue to operate in a responsible manner. The Dental Center of Northwest Ohio’s primary funding came through reimbursements for services provided to its patient base. These reimbursements have not increased in almost fifteen years, while the costs of providing these services have continued to grow. The business model under which the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio was founded is no longer feasible in today’s economic climate, absent significant support from donations from the public or other not-for-profit entities.
The Board, Employees, and other contributors to the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio are proud of the services provided to members of the community for the last 113 years. The Dental Center of Northwest Ohio understands the impact this will have on our patients. We are committed to helping our patients transition to other providers. To that end the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio is sending a letter to its patients with the contact information for other providers in the area. We are also establishing a special fax line where patients or providers can request and obtain dental records.
We ask of our community for understanding and patience during this difficult time for our organization and we thank the northwest Ohio community for its continued support. We thank our employees for the service they have provided to an underserved community for over a hundred years. We thank our volunteers and board members for their selfless service to the organization. Finally, we thank our patients for allowing us the opportunity to serve our community.
WELCOME TO DENTAL CENTER OF NORTHWEST OHIO
Everyone Deserves Quality Dental Care
Since 1910, the mission of the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio has been to provide primary oral health services for underserved children and adults in Northwest Ohio, to promote the value of good oral health through education, and to serve as an advocate for those with limited access to dental care.