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Blue Ribbon Foundation Supports Dental Services for Monroe County Children

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By: Christine Zavaskas
July 1, 2014
Pictured at the check presentation are, seated (from left): Primo and Nya. Standing (from left) are: Lori Segond, RDH, Hodge Pediatric Dental Center; Ann Osbun, practice administrator, and Stephen Cunningham, FACHE, senior vice president/chief business development officer, Pocono Medical Center; Mary Coopersmith, RDH, and Dr. Lioudmila Nikiforouk, DDS, Hodge Pediatric Dental Center; Christine Zavaskas, grant and program specialist, The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania; and Yvonne Bruno, receptionist/dental assistant, and Nancy Dominguez, dental assistant, Hodge Pediatric Dental Center.

Pocono Medical Center’s Valerie M. Hodge Memorial Pediatric Dental Center recently received a $4,300 grant from The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania to support dental services for un/underinsured children.

For more than 16 years, the Center has provided preventive and restorative dental services to children under the age of 18.  With the grant from The Blue Ribbon Foundation, the dental center will build an inventory of supplies that will support services to 1,600 un/underinsured, new and returning patients in the coming year.

“As the only clinic in Monroe County serving the pediatric dental Medical Assistance population, the Hodge Pediatric Dental Center fills an important gap in services,” said Marynell Strunk, Development and Grant Coordinator at Pocono Medical Center.  “We are grateful to The Blue Ribbon Foundation for helping us meet the dental health needs of our community.”

About Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  BCNEPA offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to more than 540,000 individuals in 13 counties in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.  The company’s mission is to provide integrated health care services and products to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of health care in the populations it serves.

BCNEPA established its private, nonprofit Blue Ribbon Foundation in 2002 to invest in health education and prevention initiatives that produce measurable health improvements and help manage long-term health costs for the residents of northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.  In more than a decade of service, The Foundation has awarded more than $10 million in grant funding to 195 nonprofits to help meet the health and wellness needs of more than 193,000 at-risk individuals.

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