The college will unveil its newly renovated, state-of-the-art Hampton Center dental clinic and laboratory at a ribbon cutting with the Ocala/Marion Chamber and Economic Partnership Thursday, May 25, at 11:30 a.m.
The community is invited to tour the clinic at 1501 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, and learn about updates to CF’s Dental Assisting program and see how the college meets the academic needs of students and dental needs of the community.
The clinic was renovated with a $416,032 grant from the Marion County Hospital District. Five chairs/dental stations were added to the clinic, increasing to 13 total. With the added seats, the clinic will be able to provide more than 6,000 adult dental treatments annually, an estimated increase of 215 percent.
CF partners with the Department of Health in Marion County to provide dental care to underserved populations and to provide hands-on training to students in CF Dental Assisting program.
“It’s a wonderful experience for our students,” said Deanna Stentiford, associate dean of Health Sciences. “Not only do they get to assist the two clinic dentists with patients, but the very nature of the clinic establishes the importance of community service and giving back.”
The partnership has garnered national and state best practices awards for CF and Marion County. In 2014, the clinic received one of 22 Model Practice Awards from the National Association of County and City Health Officials; a Chancellor’s Best Practice Award from the Association of Florida Colleges; and the Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award from Gov. Rick Scott.