About PCHC Dental Center
PCHC’s two dental health centers have a total of 46 operatories, 11 dentists and residents, 12 hygienists, and 24 dental assistants. PCHC currently hosts five general practice dental residents. PCHC is staffed by more than 800 employees who serve almost 65,000 patients annually
The dental practices are integrated with our other primary care services and are either in the same building or just a short walk across a parking lot. Patients in family medicine, pediatrics and mental health are asked if they have a dentist and if not, they are encouraged to make an appointment before leaving. The scheduling system is linked to all practices. On occasion, patients are actually walked from our Pediatric Center over to the Dental Center for care of injuries. Dentists often consult with PCHC physicians and they in turn consult with PCHC dentists regarding patient care.
PCHC has cared for about 65,000 patients and provided 350,000 patient visits in 2015, up from 300,000 in 2011 and 25,000 in 2003. We are always open to new patients and have received approximately 5,000 new medical and 4,500 new dental patients each year over the past three years. PCHC currently has 16 primary care practices including 800 employees, 200 of which are providers. The practices include two dental centers, a public housing clinic, three school based health centers, two health clinics and a shelter dedicated to homeless and perihomeless individuals. Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residents will gain valuable experience from all of these.
PCHC offers a Patient Centered Medical Home model of highly integrated care. We have more than one mental health provider for every two medical providers and all are embedded in our medical practices. There is one dentist for every five medical providers; one physical therapist for every five medical providers; one pharmacist for every 10 medical providers; and one RN care manager or health coach for every six medical providers. Beyond family medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatry, mental health, and dental care, patients across all of our practices and clinics have access to specialty services through physician referral that includes a high-complexity laboratory, physical therapy, digital radiology, 340B pharmacies, addictions medicine, GYN/women’s health, podiatry, dermatology, wound care, pain management, osteopathic manipulation therapy, chiropractic, speech therapy, audiology, optometry, allergy care, and nutrition counseling.
PCHC is the only Federally Qualified Health Center in the greater Bangor region. Unlike most providers in the area, we regularly add new patients and promptly see low income persons and those on Medicaid and Medicare.