The Care Mobile is a fully equipped, modern dental office on wheels that is bringing dental care and child immunizations directly to children in South Dakota who don't otherwise have access to care, regardless of their ability to pay.
As the most comprehensive health care delivery vehicle of its kind, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a 40-foot long, 8-foot wide vehicle designed and built specifically for the delivery of pediatric health care. The unit accommodates two dental operatories, a reception/patient education area, a wheelchair lift and a records area. It is full equipped with top of the line dental equipment including wiring for teledentistry.
Delta Dental of South Dakota has committed to bringing the Care Mobile to communities in every corner of South Dakota. It is on the road 38 weeks each year, serving an estimated 1,300 children annually. Delta Dental supports the Care Mobile with paid staff and volunteer dental professionals who provide care on the unit.
"As the clinical sponsor of the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, Delta Dental is happy to provide this important service to children in need," said Scott Jones, president and CEO of Delta Dental of South Dakota. "Unfortunately, the Care Mobile staff sees to many children in pain because of poor oral health," Jones says. "Children in pain can't concentrate in school, and poor oral health can affect a child's overall well-being. Providing healthy smiles one child at a time is the Care Mobile's mission and passion."
The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a part of Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Dakota's commitment to supporting programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. The ultimate vision for the South Dakota Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is to promote healthy bodies and happy smiles to underserved children across the state of South Dakota.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Dakota is the umbrella organization for the Ronald McDonald House of Sioux Falls, the Care Mobile Program and a statewide children's grant program. The Ronald McDonald House of Sioux Falls has been working with families for more than 20 years.
Delta Dental of south Dakota is a non-profit dental service corporation specializing in providing dental benefit programs to more than 1,500 South Dakota employers statewide representing nearly 168,000 enrollees. Delta Dental also administers the Medicaid/SCHIP dental program for the State of South Dakota/South Dakota Department of Social Services. Delta Dental's mission is to advance and promote the improvement of oral health in South Dakota.