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Brighter Smiles in South Florida Thanks to a New Mobile Dental Van

Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) unveiled its new state-of-the-art mobile dental unit by cutting the ribbon on the trailer in front of its corporate headquarters — and it is a beauty!

The new dental trailer features three operatories that will allow dental teams to do cleanings and other basic preventative services along with restoration and minor oral surgeries. It also has digital x-rays, the latest dental equipment, Wi-Fi and an educational TV system.

“I’m excited about this new opportunity that we have for this community,” said Brodes H. Hartley Jr., President and CEO of CHI.  “As you know, we always try to improve on the services that we provide to the community and take the services to the people. We are not just waiting for people to come to us.”

The mobile dental unit will bring CHI’s dental teams and brighter smiles into neighborhoods and schools throughout South Florida.

“This is the next phase of oral health care for CHI,” said Dr. Robert Johnson, Dental Director at CHI. “We can get out and operate after a hurricane comes with expanded outreach to the community. It has a generator that can be self-sufficient.”

Dr. Johnson said CHI purchased the dental trailer thanks to a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for $700,000 over two years. The investment is a bonus to the services that CHI already provides residents in addition to excellent primary care — urgent care, walk-in services, low-cost pharmacies, radiology, vision, dental, behavioral health, laboratory, insurance enrollment, and free transportation to ensure patients have access to care.