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Cass Community Health Foundation to break ground on new safety net dental clinic site

Rendering of new Cass County Dental Clinic building

BELTON, Mo., (Apr. 26, 2024) – Cass Community Health Foundation proudly announces the groundbreaking ceremony for the new home of its safety net dental clinic, Cass County Dental Clinic. The ceremony is set for 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 at 1000 E. Markey Parkway in Belton, Missouri, and signifies an important milestone for continued access to quality dental care in Cass County.

Cass County Dental Clinic aims to serve those who are most in need. The clinic provides comprehensive oral health services for children and teens ages 0 to 20 years old who are insured by Medicaid or who are low-income and uninsured. The clinic opened its first location in Belton, Missouri, in 2011. In 2023, clinic staff served the most patients in a single year – more than 4,000, creating a demand that exceeds capacity at its current location in Belton.

The project allows Cass Community Health Foundation and Cass County Dental Clinic to expand capacity and continue to serve as a dental home for thousands. The clinic will expand from four operatories at the existing location to eight operatories in the new building, with a goal to add dental care for the adult family members of the children currently being treated. The new building includes a larger lobby, community conference room, and administrative space. This will allow staff to continue outreach programs like Cass Community Health Foundation’s school-based dental screening and teledentistry programs.

The ceremony will feature key figures from the Cass County community. Attendees will witness the unveiling of the project's design, gain insights into its transformative impact, and participate in the ceremonial groundbreaking.

"This groundbreaking ceremony marks an important step in the growth and expansion of safety net dental services in Cass County and the surrounding communities,” said Cynthia Randazzo, Cass Community Health Foundation president and CEO. "This new building represents Cass Community Health Foundation’s unwavering commitment to oral health and the overall health of our community. We are excited to have the support of the community as we bring this vision to life."

Cass Community Health Foundation will launch a capital campaign with opportunities for the community to support the new Cass County Dental Clinic building. For more information regarding the campaign, call 816-276-4218.

The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday May 15 at 1000 E. Markey Parkway in Belton, Missouri. For further inquiries or to RSVP, please email megan@casscommunityhealth.org or call 816-276-4218.