Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
EOVAHCS Celebrates New Tulsa VA Dental Clinic
The Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System (EOVAHCS) formally celebrated the opening of the new Tulsa VA Dental Clinic on Oct. 11, which is located at 5110 South Yale, Suite 200.
The clinic officially opened on Aug. 13 and replaced the Tulsa VA Dental Clinic previously located at the Ernest Childers VA Outpatient Clinic. The new clinic has 12 treatments rooms, compared to four at the previous location.
“The modernization of VA dental clinics is at the heart of our dental mission to honor America’s Veterans,” said Dr. Patricia Arola, Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Dentistry, VHA, who traveled from Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting ceremony. “Exceptional oral health care contributes to the whole health of our Veterans.”
In the past year, the Tulsa VA Dental Clinic served more than 2,700 Veterans, which included 7,000 visits and 17,000 procedures. These services had a private sector value totaling more than $2.8 million.
To meet growing demand, EOVAHCS has hired two additional dental hygienists and expects to hire two more dentists by January. The new clinic also has the capability to make crowns on-site using computer assisted manufacturing technology.
“This technology can significantly reduce wait times for the delivery of crowns, and also improves patient satisfaction,” said Dr. Arola. “Sometimes a crown can be delivered the same day with this technology. This can have a dramatic benefit for Veterans who come from rural areas and may be driving a very long way to get to the Dental Clinic.”
During the ceremony, Dr. Arola also congratulated the Dental Service for consistently meeting national VA quality of care indicators.
“This Dental Service is providing world class dental care to Veterans in this area and I’m very proud to be here to acknowledge that,” she said. “You have done a wonderful job balancing growth with high quality care.”