PROGRAM: Diane McCormick, Health Office/Director of the Livingston County Health Department, gave an update about the new county dental clinic that is soon to open.
 
PROGRAM: Diane McCormick, Health Office/Director of the Livingston County Health Department, gave an update about the new county dental clinic that is soon to open.
GUESTS: Christina VanPutten.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
  • Polio Plus fundraiser lunch at October 25 meeting. Mike Bourke will be grilling dogs on a Coates grill.
  • Collections are still being received for the Polio Plus College challenge at the front table. Michigan has taken a lead over Michigan State. Tuesday is last day for collections which are matched by Gates Foundation.
  • Steve Monet along with Nancy Johnson, Steve’s sister Judy and his new “sister” Michelle Bouhana passed the hat for collections for people who have “absolutely nothing” and are in need of basic items such as bowls, knives, plates, can openers, etc. For 10 bucks, Judy can fill a bag of such essentials at a dollar-store she manages. At least 10 bags a month are needed.
  • Beth Walker has tickets for the annual U-M Men’s Glee Club concert Nov. 5 at Hill Auditorium. Three county residents, including her son Jeff, are performing.
  • Dennis Kalio introduced Christine from Scouts who presented a proclamation for the club’s financial support of the Blast into Scouting marketing day.
  • Peggi Bourke and Stan Schafer completed the Free Press half marathon.
  • Jane McManus talked about the Nov. 5 gala Foundation event at the Troy Marriott which features 100 Reasons to Celebrate. Great way to learn about Rotary and the Foundation.
 
PROGRAM: Diane McCormick, director of the county health department, talked about a new dental clinic that will open in Howell in January. She said there are 20,000 people in Livingston County without a dental home, often because dentists won’t take Medicaid patients because of low reimbursement rates. A collaboration of the county, Livingston County United Way, St. Joe’s Livingston Mercy Hospital, VINA and donated construction work by Brighton Rotarian Jim Barnas allowed the county to used accumulated state and federal funds from discontinued programs to restore a donated building from St. Joes into a dental clinic. It will be run by MI Community Dental Centers, a company that does hiring/scheduling/ etc. from a central office in Boyne City. That company now serves 83,000 patients with more than 200,000 annual visits. Livingston’s clinic will be its 28th center and will start with two dentists and a staff of 8-10.
St. Joe’s donated the building and two acres of land. United Way provided 50,000 to underwrite project in case money came up short. The county board gave its full support of transferring the accumulated funds. No county funds will be used to finance the operating costs. And Contracting Resources donated work.
This is a key complement to VINA which already provides dental services for low income people but doesn’t accept Medicaid.
50-50
Tom Zizka, Ed Bottum and Rich Perlberg all came up empty in their quest for the Ace of Spades.