Hometown Health Centers Prepared for Ellis Dental Shift
Saturday, March 13, 2021 -- I am responding to the Feb. 21 column by Sara Foss (Ellis Dental Clinic in Schenectady Slated for Closure) with Hometown Health slated to take over the program:
There is no disputing the good work that this branch of Ellis has done over the years.
However, Hometown Health Centers has been performing dental services since the 1980s. A few quick facts: Hometown has a staff of 12 dentists and hygienists. This also includes an oral surgeon. Hometown had over 22,000 dental visits, both routine and emergency in 2019. Ellis currently has a staff of five with four dental residents.
In 2019, Ellis had 14,000 dental visits. Hometown Health provides primary health care, dental and behavioral health care without regard for one’s ability to pay.
If you can be enrolled in Medicaid they will assist in that regard. Other insurance is accepted as well. And for those who are uninsured, including undocumented individuals, they are welcome as well with payment on a sliding scale according to ability to pay. No one is turned away at Hometown Health.
As to the takeover of the Ellis Dental Clinic, Hometown is well prepared for this and would assume all the Ellis staff that wants to join Hometown.
Additionally, the hope is that the space currently located on the McLellan Campus will be utilized until a new site can be found to consolidate the two programs.
In short this is a great opportunity for the community offering low-cost, high-quality dental care.
William Faubion, Scotia
The writer is a board member and past board chair of Hometown Health Centers
The Daily Gazette Letters to the Editor (3/13/21)