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St. Apollonia Pediatric Dental Clinic 1 of 2 County Facilities to Receive Grant Money from USDA

| August 28, 2014


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Good news for a pediatric dental clinic in Presque Isle. The Aroostook Dental Clinic Inc. is set to receive some money that will help them better serve patients. News Source 8’s Angela Christoforos reports…

This little boy is 1 of over 2,000 patients at the St. Apollonia pediatric dental clinic that’s going to benefit from some good news. St. Apollonia will be receiving thousands of dollars worth of funding.

St. Apollonia Dental Clinic Dentist and Director Norma Desjardins said, “This is really going to help us out quite a lot in our goals and with the vision of the clinic.”

Desjardins says St. Apollonia will be receiving a grant worth $50,000 and a low interest loan of over $150,000 from the USDA Rural Development Program.

Funds will be used to purchase a building that’s currently being leased, and to improve accessibility features of the building.

” The roofing, the handicap accessibility, the ramp will be improved, interior doorways will be improved for handicap accessibility,” said Desjardins.

Erik Johnson, DMD, Pediatric Dentist said, “For the kids that need just a little more help in the dental chair this is really the only place to come north of Bangor.”

St. Apollonia itself has only been open for a few years now, and Johnson says this investment in the clinic will ensure continued pediatric care for infants, children, and those with disabilities and sensory issues.

MSAD 27 in Fort Kent was also selected to receive a grant of $10,500 from the USDA Rural Development Program. The funds will be used to expand the Community High School weight room into a Community Wellness Center. It’s part of a collaborative effort between Northern Maine Medical Center and SAD 27 to promote fitness and wellness for the community with a focus on supporting cardiac rehab patients. MSAD 27 Superintendent Tim Doake says he’s happy this funding will help further that initiative.

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