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SCF Dental Hygiene Program Receives Grant from Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 3, 2015) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) received a $7,842 grant from the Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation for the purchase of equipment that will ensure that dental hygiene students train on industry-standard tools and improve the exam assessment services at the Dental Hygiene Clinic at SCF Bradenton.

The grant will fund the purchase of a GXS700 Intra-oral Digital Sensor to be used in conjunction with the existing panoramic radiograph scanner, a diagnostic tool for examining the development of dental arches and teeth and positioning of third molars or wisdom teeth in youth. The sensor will be used to identify issues such as decay and infection that otherwise would not be detected by the panoramic radiograph. It also will provide easily transferable and readable radiographs to dental practices in the area, avoiding costly second retakes of dental images.

“We are grateful to the Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation for their generous donation, which not only will benefit the SCF Dental Hygiene program, but families and adults who otherwise might not be able to afford quality dental care,” said Cassandra Holmes, executive director of the SCF Foundation (SCFF).

With 13 state-of-the-art dental units, the SCF Dental Hygiene Clinic provides accessible, affordable and high-quality dental care to the public, with an emphasis on the treatment of children. Services are provided by dental hygiene students under the close supervision of SCF dental hygiene faculty and licensed dentists.

Bradenton orthodontist Steven Tinsworth, DMD, is the chairman of the Kiwanis Foundation’s Charitable Committee and a past president of the Bradenton Kiwanis Club. A longtime champion of SCF’s dental hygiene program, Tinsworth, who was involved in the initial effort to gain state backing, stressed the importance of the services it provides to the community.

“It is a great breakthrough for dental health care in Florida to have this program up and running,” he said. “I am pleased that the Kiwanis Foundation was able to contribute this important equipment to be used not only for student training, but to improve the care of the patients they treat.”

SCF graduates approximately 15 Dental Hygiene students each semester. Equipment such as the GXS700 Intra-oral Digital Sensor ensures that they gain vital, contemporary skills and hands-on experience with industry-standard dental care devices. In the 16 years of SCF’s Dental Hygiene program, students have registered a 100 percent pass rate on the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. Many of those graduates obtain employment in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

The Dental Hygiene Clinic generally is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.; however, hours may vary.  Call 941-752-5353 for a current schedule or to make an appointment. Information also is available at scf.edu/Academics/DentalHygiene/DentalClinic.

Prior to their December board meeting at SCF Lakewood Ranch, the SCF Foundation Board thanked the Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation for supporting SCF’s Dental Hygiene Program with a grant to purchase a GXS700 Intra-oral Digital Sensor. Back row, left to right: Mike Fuller, SCFF board member; Kimberly Bastin, SCF dental hygiene program chair; Dr. Steven Tinsworth, Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation Charitable Committee chairman; Hon. Ed Nicholas, Bradenton Kiwanis president and SCFF board member; Dr. Beverly Hindenlang, SCF health professionals dean; Chris Romine, SCFF board member; and Cassandra Holmes, executive director, SCFF. Seated left to right:  Jodi Allen, SCFF board member; Lisa Bristow, SCFF board member; Roland Emerton, Bradenton Kiwanis development director; Cathy Kuhlman, SCFF Board vice president; Dorothy Korszen, SCFF board member; and Jennifer Michell, SCFF board member.

Prior to their December board meeting at SCF Lakewood Ranch, the SCF Foundation
Board thanked the Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation for supporting SCF’s Dental Hygiene
Program with a grant to purchase a GXS700 Intra-oral Digital Sensor.
Back row, left to right: Mike Fuller, SCFF board member; Kimberly Bastin, SCF dental
hygiene program chair; Dr. Steven Tinsworth, Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation Charitable
Committee chairman; Hon. Ed Nicholas, Bradenton Kiwanis president and SCFF board member;
Dr. Beverly Hindenlang, SCF health professionals dean; Chris Romine, SCFF board member;
and Cassandra Holmes, executive director, SCFF. Seated left to right:  Jodi Allen,
SCFF board member; Lisa Bristow, SCFF board member; Roland Emerton, Bradenton Kiwanis development
director; Cathy Kuhlman, SCFF Board vice president; Dorothy Korszen, SCFF board member;
and Jennifer Michell, SCFF board member.

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