Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s 2015 community health needs assessment identified access to pediatric dental services as a high-priority need. Supporters of the program include: Raedena Ryan, TMH Foundation; Martin Vota, Taylorville Kiwanis Club; Greg Haarman, DMD, Central Illinois Smiles; Dave Trost, DDS, Miles of Smiles, Ltd.; Reverend Bill Kerns, Taylorville Ministerial Association and Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau, Taylorville Community School District #3.
Some students in need in Christian County are receiving free dental care thanks to a new program that has come out of Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s community health needs assessment. The assessment identified pediatric dental services as a high-priority need, and the hospital created a group to address that need that consisted of hospital staff, Taylorville School District officials, and other community leaders.
Dr. Greg Haarman from Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry is a part of the group who identifies children who could benefit from the program, and he is also providing the dental care to some of those students. He says his practice wants to help out students in the community in the best way that they can.
Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry will be providing that needed dental care to two students per month free of charge during the current school year. Also, a grant from the Taylorville Kiwanis club of twenty-five hundred dollars, along with a twenty-five hundred dollar match from the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation will go towards covering an oral surgery or other services beyond what Central Illinois Smiles can provide for free. Haarman says he is glad he can do his part in helping these students.