Knox County Health Clinic News
October 2012: "Dentists With a Heart" a Wonderful Service to the Community!
February 2012: Second "Dentists With A Heart" Day Held.
Dr. Theriault and Emily Dostie help a patient during "Dentists With a Heart", October 2012
Oral health has a significant impact on a person’s overall health, self-confidence, and employability, and yet many people in our community have no insurance to pay for dental care. Thanks to many volunteer dentists working with the Knox County Dental Program, 50 patients received much needed dental services. These procedures relieve patients from extreme pain and infection, improve their nutrition, and cosmetically enhance their job opportunities, significantly impacting their overall health and ability to work.
On October 12th, 11 dentists and about 25 hygienists, assistants, and receptionists volunteered and saw over 50 Knox County Dental Program patients for restorative care and extractions.
Participating dentists in this October’s "Dentists with a Heart" included:
In total, the volunteers donated services valued at more than $36,000 dollars! Many thanks to all who were involved in this day, and to the many who volunteer throughout the year.
- Dr. Sarka, Coastal Oral Surgery
- Dr. Barbour, Dr. Campbell, Dr. Endl, and Dr. Hersom, Glen Cove Dental Associates
- Dr. Kingsley, Dr. Kingsley’s office (354-6453)
- Dr. Jordan, Maine Coast Family Dentistry
- Dr. Pier, Mount Pleasant Dental
- Dr. Medina, Seasons of Smiles
- Dr. Singer, Singer Dentistry
- Dr. Theriault, Dr. Theriault’s Office
August 17, 2011: Area Residents Save $6 Million in Medication Costs
The KCHC Dental Program helped local dentists to organize a day of free dental care for qualified patients on February 3rd, 2012. 17 dentists and about 45 hygienists, assistants and receptionists volunteered their time. More than 100 Knox County Dental Program patients were seen, substantially reducing the Clinic's backlog of dental patients. Participating dentists included Dr. Amy Campbell, Dr. Robert Day, Dr. Deborah Endl, Dr. Jonathan Goss, Dr. Michael Hersom, Dr. Jeffrey Jordan, Dr. Scott Kingsley, Dr. Arthur Medina, Dr. David Pier, Dr. Lawrence Singer, Dr. David Theriault, Dr. Randy Thivierge, and Dr. Edward Zanca. Knowing how great the demand was for volunteer dental care, four dentists practicing outside of the area - Dr. Brian Brunacini, Dr. Katherine Bunin-Stevenson, Dr. Jenny Fultz, and Dr. Gregory Sarka - joined their friends in Knox County to help as well. An article about the event is available on Village Soup .
February 2011: "Dentists With A Heart" Day a Huge Success
The Knox County Health Clinic is pleased to announce that Midcoast residents have saved over $6,000,000 in medication costs since the Prescription Assistance Program’s inception in 2003. The program, administered by the Knox County Health Clinic, was started to help low-income community members get critically important medications they otherwise would not have been able to afford, including insulin for diabetes and medications to lower patients’ blood pressure and cholesterol.
Dana Coleman has served as part-time coordinator of the PAP program since 2004. She helps patients by navigating the cumbersome application process that pharmaceutical companies require to obtain low-cost medications. The clinic does not provide any narcotics, and participants in the program do not have to be KCHC patients.
The KCHC Dental Program helped local dentists to organize a day of free dental care for qualified patients on February 11th, 2011. 17 dentists, 8 hygienists, 20 assistants and 7 receptionists volunteered their time. Together they were able to treat 115 patients during the busy day, substantially reducing the Clinic's backlog of dental patients. You can read more about it in the Rockland Herald Gazette . Thanks to all involved in this great Valentine's Day gift!
September, 2010: Dr. Paul Klainer & KCHC Receive Award
Clinic Medical Director Dr. Paul Klainer was awarded the 2010 Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service by the Maine Medical Association. The award included a contribution of $1000 to the Clinic.
March, 2010: OVER $4,000,000 IN PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE !
The KCHC Prescription Assistance Program has obtained over four million dollars worth of medications for area patients since it was started in 2003. The PAP program helps qualifying patients (not just KCHC patients) get prescription medications by submitting the necessary applications to pharmaceutical companies. Dana Coleman is the clinic's PAP Coordinator. She does a terrific job of navigating the difficult application process.
January, 2010: Health Clinic for the Uninsured Welcomes New Staff
Meredith Batley and Sarah Laube
The Knox County Health Clinic is pleased to announce the hiring of two part time staff: Meredith Batley as the new Executive Director, and Sarah Laube as the Clinic Nurse. Ms Batley and Ms Laube provide the necessary volunteer coordination, support, and continuity of care to patients. Ms. Batley brings her experience in volunteer recruitment and training, office administration, and public relations to provide the operational glue. Ms. Laube draws on her extensive nursing background as well as international rural healthcare experience to provide patients with more personal medical follow-up and education. She will also be tracking key measures of patient care.
July, 2009: OVER $3,000,000 IN PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE !
The KCHC Prescription Assistance Program has now obtained over three million dollars worth of medications for area patients. The PAP program helps qualifying patients (not just KCHC patients) get prescription medications by submitting the necessary applications. Coordinator Dana Coleman has helped more than 670 patients over the last six years.
June 3, 2009: The Knox County Health Clinic is 10 Years Old ! ! !
The Knox County Health Clinic was founded ten years ago, when Dr. Paul Klainer moved to the Rockland area and tried to find a free clinic where he could volunteer. When he discovered that there was no clinic serving the uninsured and the underinsured in the Midcoast, he and his wife Jeanne looked into starting one. The first official meeting of the new clinic was held on June 3rd, 1999. Thanks to the hard work of some 200 volunteers and the generosity of many donors, the clinic has been a tremendous success.
An article by Shlomit Auciello on the Village Soup web site and in the Rockland Herald Gazette tells the story of the clinic. You can read the article here.
June, 2008: $2,000,000 IN PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE !
The KCHC Prescription Assistance Program has now obtained over two million dollars worth of medications for area patients! The clinic's Prescription Assistance Program was started in 2003.
October 6, 2006: $1,000,000 IN PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE !
The KCHC Prescription Assistance Program (known as "PAP") has obtained over one million dollars worth of medications for patients in our community. The prescription program, which was started less than three years ago, has helped patients obtain free medicine directly from pharmaceutical companies. Most pharmaceutical companies have programs to provide medications free of charge to qualified individuals who do not have insurance that covers their medication. However, the application process can be too onerous for patients and too time-consuming for doctors' offices.
That's where the Knox County Health Clinic comes in. Prescription Assistance Program Coordinator Dana Coleman expertly does the necesary paper work so that medications can be obtained directly from the pharmaceutical companies. Anyone who meets the financial guidelines can use this KCHC service - one need not be a patient of the Knox County Health Clinic.
June 15, 2006:
KCHC founder and medical director Dr. Paul Klainer has been selected as the overall winner of the New England Patriots 2006 Community MVP Award. In his honor, the Patriots organization will make a $10,000 donation to the Knox County Health Clinic.
Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft recognized Dr. Klainer at a luncheon at Gillette Stadium on June 15th.
The New England Patriots Community MVP Award honors "individuals who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving the communities in which they live through volunteerism."
Here is the announcement of the award on the New England Patriots web site.
The KNOX COUNTY HEALTH CLINIC