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$200,000 in Support from Northeast Delta Dental Helps to Expand Capacity of Easterseals NH Oral Health Center

Ribbon Cutting Opens the Door to Increased Number of Patients

June 6, 2017

Media Contact:
Pam Dube

Manchester, NH – The Easterseals NH Oral Health Center recently received a five-year pledge totaling $200,000 from Northeast Delta Dental to help expand the center’s patient capacity as part of a building-wide renovation of the Easterseals NH headquarters in Manchester, NH. The pledge of support was given through the Easterseals NH Big Ideas for Building Independence Capital Campaign, which is helping to fund the renovation. The Center’s official ribbon cutting ceremony was held on June 5, 2017.

The Oral Health Center, which first opened its doors in 2009, with significant support from Northeast Delta Dental, has provided a dental home to children and adults in the greater Manchester area. In addition to expanding capacity at the Easterseals NH Oral Health Center from three patient chairs to five, the renovated space will be larger, and more private. Last year the center provided 3,100 dental treatments to 1,700 children, adults, and seniors. As one of the few dental centers in the state that accepts Medicaid, the renovations have increased the center’s capacity to serve indigent and low income families and individuals as well as the general public. The renovation will allow the center to serve an additional 800 patients a year.

“From the beginning when we first opened the center, Northeast Delta Dental has partnered with us in this important initiative in order to ensure that oral health care is accessible to families in the greater Manchester area,” said Easterseals NH President & CEO Larry Gammon. “With the recent expansion, we are grateful for their continued support that allows this important work to continue.”

Once the entire building renovation is completed later this summer, Easterseals NH will be home to the largest array of services under one roof for people with disabilities and special needs.

“Through this important expansion, we are pleased that Easterseals NH has increased their capacity to provide necessary dental care to New Hampshire’s residents. Northeast Delta Dental has been a supporter of the Oral Health Center from the beginning as it is in harmony with our mission to improve the access to, and the quality of, oral health care and education in the communities we serve,” said President & CEO of Northeast Delta Dental, Tom Raffio. 

In addition to the pledge from Northeast Delta Dental, donors to the Oral Health Center include Walmart, the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation, the McIninch Foundation, and the Oleonda Jameson Trust.

Easterseals NH has a long and well-respected 80-year history in the Granite State of helping people of all ages with disabilities and special needs. In the past eight decades, services have expanded to fill unmet community needs and the agency currently serve more than 13,500 people.

The Big Ideas for Building Independence Capital Campaign continues this legacy for people in need across the Granite State with a goal of raising $2.5 million for the building renovation. If you are interested in supporting the campaign, there is still plenty of time to help reach the goal. Naming opportunities are available as are tours of the facility that offer a firsthand view of the renovation in progress.

To learn more about Easterseals and the Big Ideas for Building Independence Capital Campaign, please visit www.easterseals.com/nh or contact Senior Advancement Officer Karen Van Der Beken at 603.621.3556 or kvanderbeken@eastersealsnh.org.

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