Newaygo Family Dental Care helps out, encourages other local dentists to join
By N3 News Team
In times like these when some have taken to hoarding supplies with little thought to the needs of others it is refreshing to see the actions of individuals and organizations who realize this is a team effort and that we are truly all in this together.
This is what it means to be a part of a community and to do community service.
The need for Personal Protective Equipment is colossal.
As the number of positive cases mushrooms the call has been sent out for any who can to help.
One of our local dentist offices have stepped up to help by donating these much needed items to our health care providers.
Newaygo Family Dental Care, the same group that has provided a day of free services for veterans the past two years, answered the call.
We caught up with Dr. Ross Nelson the co-owner of NFDC along with his Dad Dr. Dennis Nelson.
How did this get started?
My cousin Anna Ingersoll who also happens to be a nurse with Spectrum was directed by the hospital to inquire about donations for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) from local healthcare facilities. One of the first she asked was mine. Then a PPE Drive was organized by a colleague and oral surgeon Dr Mark Jesin out of Grand Rapids, I donated to both. My assistant and hygienist worked together to compile all PPE including:
Disposable hair net/caps
Disinfectant wipes and spray
Hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
Are you still open?
We have closed our doors for the foreseeable future with the exception of treating dental emergencies and we donated all our PPE except what will get us through those visits for about 10 weeks.
What can others do?
I have reached out to many local dentists in Newaygo County and had a couple respond that they may donate as well. If you or someone you know has access to any PPE PLEASE have them reach out to myself or the local hospital to donate. Anything would be graciously accepted. I know that the Spectrum Health System is down to a single digits inventory of PPE.
Well done, NFDC.