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Healthcare fair rescheduled

A health fair that was supposed to happen last Saturday will happen from 9 to 11 a.m. April 18 at Centerpoint Medical Center, 19600 E. 39th St. The event was canceled because of inciment weather.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week announced the release of $338 million to expand services offered at community health centers nationwide. The money was made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. However, none of the health centers designated for funding are located in Eastern Jackson County.

Comfort Dental opens new office

Comfort Dental has opened three offices in Independence. Comfort Dental opened its 59th dental franchise, Comfort Dental Noland Road, on Feb. 23.  The office is located at 3908 S. Noland Road.

The 60th office in the franchise, Comfort Dental 24 Hwy, located at 651 E. U.S. 24 opened Monday. Comfort Dental will further expand in Missouri at the end of May with a third location located in Raytown. Each office is individually owned and operated by Dr. Mathew Draper, Dr. Shelby Applegate, Dr. Scott Ash, and Dr. Randal Silver. Comfort Dental doctors average over ten years of experience.

To celebrate Comfort Dental’s expansion the offices will be offering a new patient special that includes a dental exam and full X-rays for just $19 (a $155 value). 

Comfort Dental offices are open evenings and Saturdays for convenience.  Walk-ins and emergencies are welcome.

A Grand Opening with free food and family fun is scheduled 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the U.S. 24 location.

This location will also have its own Comfort Dental Braces and Comfort KIDS. The Orthodontic office is owned by Dr Craig Bahr and Dr Carl Bahr. For appointments, call 816-461-6911.

REACH names new board

The REACH Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors elected four members to the Board at its March 23 meeting. The members include a health care coalition executive, a health policy consultant, a retired nursing school director, and a medical school faculty member.

One of the members is an incumbent; three are new to the REACH Healthcare Foundation Board. Their three-year terms will begin June 1.
 The elected board members are Bill Bruning, President & CEO, Mid-America Coalition on Health Care, resident of Johnson County; Heidi Cashman, Health Policy Consultant, resident of Johnson County; Ken Davis, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center, resident of Johnson County; and Karen Gilpin, Nursing Consultant, resident of Allen County.

TMC receives grant funds

The Greater Lee’s Summit Health Care Foundation presented a $24,600 grant check today for the Truman Medical Center Lakewood Diabetes Empowerment Program. Scott Zweerink, TMC Corporate Director of Outpatient Pharmacy Services and Robin Moss, TMC Diabetes Education Coordinator, accepted the check on behalf of the program at the beginning of a Diabetes Empowerment Class, which educates newly diagnosed diabetic patients on the proper management and care of their disease.

“With the support of the Foundation for our blood glucose testing strip program, TMC Lakewood is able to provide better preventative care to low income, uninsured diabetic patients,” Zweerink said.