Ronald McDonald Care Mobile coming to Vermillion

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile coming to Vermillion
Does your child need dental care? Has your child never seen a dentist? The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is coming to Vermillion the week of Sept. 10. The RMCM provides comprehensive dental health care and immunization to children from birth to 21 years of age who have no "dental home." The Care Mobile, a fully equipped dental office on wheels, is a joint program of Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Delta Dental Philanthropic Fund, and the South Dakota Department of Health

Whether or not your child is Medicaid eligible or if you don't have dental insurance, find out if your child qualifies for this program. Applications for dental screening and treatment are available at the Vermillion Public Library, the Clay County Public Health Nurse's Office, The Welcome Table, Social Services, and The Center for Children and Families. Completed applications should be returned to one of the above locations by Tuesday, Sept. 4. Parents/guardians of children who may qualify for this program should pick up and return applications as soon as possible. Applications that were distributed through the Vermillion School District last spring may be returned to the child's school office. Parents from Yankton and Union Counties may call Pat Pravecek at 624-5550 for information.

The Dental Mobile is able to provide appointments for up to 75 youngsters during its four day stay in Vermillion. The "bus" will be located in the Vermillion Middle School parking lot at the beginning of the week. If there is enough need to keep the unit here Monday through Thursday, it will move to the Vermillion High School parking lot later in the week.

The Theta Omega chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International is partnering with Delta Dental and Ronald McDonald House Charities to bring the mobile dental office to Vermillion. Local financial sponsors of the mobile unit are the Theta Omega chapter of Ronald McDonald Care Mobile ESA, Vermillion Rotary Club, Vermillion Lions Club, and the Vermillion Veterinary Clinic. Local dentist, Dr. Matthew Knutson, will be providing some of the dental care.

The mission of the RMCM is to treat children without access to dental care. The RMCM will treat patients without dental insurance. Those families may be billed based on a sliding fee schedule, however, no child well be turned away for inability to pay.

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