Improving the oral health of our residents & tenants.
In Care Centers (nursing homes) across the country, residents are plagued by cavities, gum disease, and cracked teeth. Many arrive with poor teeth after long periods without seeing a dentist.
Many prescription drugs, including some antidepressants, high blood pressure medications, and anti-seizure medications, can reduce saliva and dry out the mouth. Without proper oral care, residents taking such drugs are especially prone to relatively rapid deterioration of their teeth.
For many of our residents and even assisted living tenants, going to the dentist is not easy. They often put off regular dental care, which results in emergency trips to the dentist. COVID-19 only highlighted the importance of having dental care available on our campus. For months residents were not able to leave the facility, putting off their dental needs.
Taking care of your oral health can make a huge difference in your well-being and quality of life.
Inside Johnson Memorial Health Services Care Center’s main entrance is the Town Center. The public space features a workout room, café, chapel, and beauty/barbershop. Inside the beauty/barbershop is a separate room that would allow us to create a dental office. We have worked with a local dentist to determine what is needed to provide cleaning, fillings, pulling teeth, denture care, and other dental needs.
JMHS would purchase the equipment and rent the space and equipment to local dentists (like we do with outreach specialists) so that individuals can continue to see their dentist, just in a more convenient location.
The cost to renovate the space and purchase the equipment is $85,000. JMHS received a $50,000 grant from Delta Dental of Minnesota to help offset the costs. The JMHS Foundation is fundraising for the additional $35,000 to ensure the project is completed to its greatest potential.
How You Can Help
Gifts to the JMHS Foundation are tax deductible, as provided by IRS regulation for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. We welcome donations of all sizes. Donors can make a gift with grain, stocks, cash, check or credit card.
The JMHS Foundation has played a critical role in Johnson Memorial Health Services’ growth and mission. A mission that, with your partnership, enables us to build on our commitment of caring and healing.
Donations of $100 or greater are listed on the JMHS Foundation Donor Wall located inside the main hospital/clinic entrance. The Donor Wall is updated semi-annually.
Please make checks payable to:
mail to: JMHS Foundation 1282 Walnut Street, Dawson, MN 56232
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For information on giving opportunities contact Kristyn Wicht, Marketing & Development Manager at 320-312-2111.