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Erie County Medical Center Corp. is working with Millennium Collaborative Care along with the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and Kaleida Health to open the clinic in leased space on the sixth floor of Buffalo General.

JIM COURTNEY

By Tracey Drury  – Reporter, Buffalo Business First

Feb 20, 2018, 12:06pm EST Updated Feb 20, 2018, 3:40pm

A collaborative effort to expand access to oral health programs will see a new outpatient dental clinic open at Buffalo General Medical Center.

Erie County Medical Center Corp. is working with Millennium Collaborative Care along with the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and Kaleida Health to open the clinic in leased space on the sixth floor of Buffalo General.

ECMC’s department of dentistry, affiliated with the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, currently offers services at its Grider Street hospital campus. ECMC’s dental program is among the largest outpatient general dentistry practice in the region, recording about 25,000 patient visits in 2016.

The new clinic would serve the High Street/Michigan Avenue neighborhood and extend to the East Side community now designated as a dental health professional shortage area.

The partners in the project are all members of the Millennium Collaborative Care, one of 25 performing provider systems across New York working to reduce Medicaid costs by addressing unnecessary emergency department visits and improved preventive care. If they meet their goals, hospitals and health care providers in the region stand to receive $335 million over five years through the state’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments program (DSRIP).

The main goal of the clinic will be to reduce the number of patients seen at Buffalo General’s emergency department for dental infections, while providing dental clearance for patients coming to the ED who require cardiac and vascular surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and those receiving services at its craniofacial center. In its first year, that could account for 11,100 patients, and up to 14,700 in year three.

Chris Lane, president of Buffalo General, said ECMC’s dental program has a proven track record that will benefit patients seen on the medical campus.

The project represents another example of the collaborative relationship between ECMC and Kaleida, said Thomas Quatroche Jr., ECMC president and CEO.

“The need for establishing this clinic has been reinforced by BGMC patients seeking dentistry services quickly and efficiently, but, in some instances, not being able to access the type of dentistry care offered on the ECMC health campus,” he said. “This new clinic will more effectively provide that needed care.”

According to plans filed with the state Department of Health, ECMC will lease a vacant 2,572-square-foot space for a 10-year period, spending $544,708 to furnish and equip the clinic and operate and complete all billing and administrative functions. The clinic will include five examination rooms, a panoramic imaging room, surgical room for minor surgical procedures and an administrative office.

The program will hire a junior dentist to be managed by the division’s chief of dentistry, three dental residents and a dental hygienist plus a dental assistant, and two administrative support professionals.

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