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      Golisano Children's Hospital receives grant for dental care

      The Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital and the Wal-Mart foundation announced a new award for the hospital that will bring some new services to everyday health screenings.

      The $65,000 grant will integrate preventive dental and oral health screenings into routine physical exams. The money will be used to cover the costs of supplies and equipment needed for oral examinations, fluoride treatments, educational materials and home care kits.

      "As a Children's Miracle Network Hospital, we've enjoyed more than 20 years of commitment from associates at our local Wal-Mart stores. They're actively involved in the community and are frequent volunteers for us. We have even drawn from some Wal-Mart staff for advice on some of our programs," said Thomas Welch, M.D., chair, Pediatrics, and medical director, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. "Oral health has been recognized as one of the major unmet needs in pediatric care. We frequently care for children who have developed serious complications because of unrecognized dental problems. This new grant will help our youngest patients achieve good oral health and develop strong, lifelong habits and healthy smiles."

      This grant will help provide funding for the "Introducing Oral Health and Preventative Dentistry into the Well Child Physical Exam" pilot program for children at Upstate Golisano's Pediatric and Adolescent Center.