BronxCare’s Department of Dentistry under the leadership of Dr. Ingrid A. Dowrich, Chairman, Dentistry, continues to focus its efforts on addressing the integral interrelationship between systemic health and oral health. Dr. Dowrich, in addition to promoting the vision of the previous Department of Dentistry leadership, is striving to expand services in response to the growing dental needs of the Bronx community, the continuing emphasis is on access to care and workforce diversity. As a result, the Department's efforts in promoting a collaborative approach to improving the overall health of its patient population are ongoing and succeeding. In 2019, more than 95,000 visits were provided at six convenient locations across the Bronx.
In continued support of the dental faculty and residents, the Department secured a faculty repayment grant for four Attending Dental providers. Additionally, a Ryan White Grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is supporting and improving access for HIV patients seeking Oral Health Care.
The Dental Department’s main clinical site, BronxCare at 1775 Grand Concourse, located one block north of the hospital’s Concourse Division, was expanded by six chairs and currently has a total of 45 dental treatment rooms. It includes adult, pediatric, orthodontic, and oral surgery services, with modern registration and waiting areas. The facility features 16 adult treatment rooms; an Oral and Maxillofacial suite that includes seven fully equipped surgery rooms, with an expanded recovery area and dedicated nurses’ station; 12 orthodontic treatment areas; and 10 pediatric suites equipped with state-of-the-art chairs that have a child friendly design.
In addition to the main 1775 Grand Concourse location, the BronxCare Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Center encompasses five additional locations at its 1265 Franklin Avenue Practices as well as Third Avenue Medical and Dental; Poe Medical and Dental; Ogden Medical and Dental; and BronxCare Special Care Center. The practices are part of an eﬀort to reach patients who have not visited the dentist during the previous year.
BronxCare’s General Practice, Pediatric Dental, and Orthodontic residencies are nationally recognized for their outstanding dedication to serving the underserved population and underrepresented minorities. Dental residents are also receiving training taking on leadership roles in bringing oral health care to these populations.
Delivery of dental care at our sites has evolved from patients coming in on a semi-annual basis for a cleaning and check-up to being recognized as a comprehensive health care delivery system taking on a pivotal role in maintaining overall health and wellness of, not only residents in this area, but also neighboring communities,” stated Dr. Dowrich.