We Can Make You Smile
Salvus Center, Inc. opened a dental clinic for the working uninsured in Sumner County in September of 2012. The office is located in the lower level of the Gallatin Health Department. Through the generosity of the Sumner County Commission, the office which contains two treatment rooms and an imaging room was leased to Salvus Center for $1.00 a year.
Having a dental office with state-of-the art equipment wouldn’t have been too valuable without the dentists to staff the clinic and treat our patients. We are pleased to report that over 20 dentists from the local community have signed on to volunteer at the clinic to assist in taking care of our patients. Most of these dentists have been traveling to Haiti and Guatemala to pro-vide dental missions to those populations. Dr. Jayson Tabor, one of the lead dentists in the clinic, has stated that he ‘found his Haiti in Sumner County.’ The dental problems among the patients being seen in the clinic are the same as those that are seen in a third world country. With the dental clinic came some older x-ray processing equipment which is outdated to say the least. There was a great need to upgrade the equipment so that our patients could receive the best in dental care.
In the last few months, the Dental Clinic has been the recipient of some generous funds needed to grow the services offered to our patients. Hendersonville Morning Rotary took on our mission and through their Foundation provided $12,500 in funds for digital imaging equipment. How-ever, more was needed. Dr. Tabor talked with Dr. David Black in the produce aisle at Publix one day and told him about our need. Within a couple of weeks, Dr. Black and Congresswoman Diane Black, presented Salvus Center with an additional donation for the purchase of the digital equipment!
This was not the end of the blessings that have surrounded Salvus Center in 2014! The Memorial Foundation included an additional amount of $10,000 to a grant given to Salvus for the dental imaging equipment. Dr. Tabor had been working with the Patterson Dental company in Nashville to find some used equipment for our imaging needs. This company has worked with its suppliers and they will be able to provide the entire package of equipment we need within the total of gifts received! All of the equipment will be new. Salvus will also be able to purchase the server, laptops, and cabling services needed to complete the project.
This equipment will enable our dentists to provide more services to our patients, well beyond the limited service we have been able to offer. Currently we are open on Friday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Our hope is to expand the hours of service as well as to increase the number of days we are open for dental care.
This experience has been a beautiful demonstration of how our Sumner County community has come together for the working uninsured in our area with the providential support with which Salvus has been blessed.