May 17, 2020

"Miles of Smiles" mobile dental health clinic

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Written by Alyssa Clark The little mouths of Ottawa County are getting the much-needed dental care they desperately need through the Ottawa County Hea...

Written by Alyssa Clark


The little mouths of Ottawa County are getting the much-needed dental care they desperately need through the Ottawa County Health Department’s Miles of Smiles mobile dental health clinic.

Already having over six years of success in serving public health, this program will cover a 22,000 mile parameter thanks to a new $10,000 grant this year from the Delta Dental Foundation. Targeting children as their target market of those they wish to serve, Miles of Smiles is known for making pit stops at local elementary schools in order to perform some quick cleanings and checkups.

Providing onsite dental services to both uninsured and Medicaid-dependent kids living within Ottawa county, Miles of Smiles makes habit of visiting elementary and middle schools, homeless shelters and Head Start programs in order to make sure that they are tending to as many kids as possible, as often as possible. Whether someone is in need of getting a pesky cavity filled or simply needs a routine dental exam, Miles of Smiles is there to help with all dental needs.

“Children’s oral health is important to their school success," Teri Battaglieri, director of the Delta Dental Foundation, said in a news release. “Dental problems cause children to miss too much time in the classroom. We’re supporting this program because good oral health will help ensure that kids show up for school every day healthy, pain-free and ready to learn.”

The service is operated by helpful volunteers who donated their time and energy to the mobile dental health project, as well as volunteer dentists and dental hygienists students. These volunteers and professionals provide services like: exams, radiographs, fluoride treatments, sealants, restorations and extractions. This not for profit organization specializing in both preventative and emergency dental care, developing a safe and healthy environment for kids to obtain their much needed dental health checkups and services.

Working with local schools in the area, Miles of Smiles goes into the classrooms of many second through sixth graders in order to educate about the importance of maintaining dental health and exposing the program to those who are not aware of it. A lot of the kids who end up coming to Miles of Smiles have never been to the dentist before, so the program works to ensure that these kids will receive preventative treatments as well as the education about dental health that they desperately need. Services include: preventative services, instructional programs, educational materials, toothbrushes and floss and maintaining healthy smiles.


 If you or someone you know is interested in donating to the “Miles of Smiles” dental health program, visit the website at for more information or to make a donation today.


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Alyssa Clark is the Editor of Healthcare Global

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Jun 21, 2021

Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know

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The brand new Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre has opened in Dubai. We take a look at what this smart hospital offers. 

We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital. 

What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah.   It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots. 

Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005,  Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day. 

Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital. 

Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.  

Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our  next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.

"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”

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