For Immediate Release
Contact: Kaylyn Kendall Dines
Jersey Dental School
Dental Faculty from UMDNJ To Provide Care at Matheny's New Dental
An open house is scheduled
for a new dental center at the Matheny School and Hospital where
dental services will be provided for children and adults with developmental
disabilities. The event will take place on Tuesday, July 16, at
11 a.m. at Matheny Hospital's main building, Main
This new full-service
facility will be staffed by faculty from the UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental
School and will provide preventive dental care and treatment to
children and adults with medical conditions such as cerebral palsy,
spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, mental retardation, Lesch-Nyhan
disease and Down syndrome.
Dr. Maxine Strickland,
assistant professor of general dentistry at the UMDNJ-New Jersey
Dental School, will provide a variety of services including: teeth
cleaning, dental fillings, X-rays, extractions and behavioral management.
The Matheny School and Hospital provides comprehensive habilitation
services to people with developmental disabilities.
Dr. Cosmo DeSteno, associate
dean for clinical affairs at the UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School,
said, "We are enthusiastic about our cooperative arrangement between
New Jersey Dental School and Matheny, a private hospital with an
Prior to the opening
of the new center, patients were treated in a mobile unit provided
by Colgate-Palmolive Company. Dr. Anthony Volpe, vice president
of clinical dental research at Colgate-Palmolive Company, was instrumental
in arranging for this interim dental center on wheels. Colgate-Palmolive
is donating opti-power toothbrushes to the new center. Opti-power
toothbrushes are essential in treating patients who are at risk
While the dental center
will serve the tri-state area, the clients will primarily reside
in six counties in north and central New Jersey: Hunterdon, Middlesex,
Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Warren.
Delta Dental Plan of
New Jersey has presented Matheny with a $150,000 capital gift for
this initiative. In addition, the New Jersey Health Initiatives
Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has donated $394,000
to help establish the dental center.
The University of Medicine
and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) comprises the state's only three
medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical
sciences, a school of nursing, a school of health related professions
and a school of public health on campuses in Newark, Piscataway/New
Brunswick, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ also operates
University Hospital in Newark and University Behavior HealthCare.
It is affiliated with more than 200 health care and educational
institutions throughout the state.