A 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment identified “access to dental care” an area of critical need for children in Medina, Summit, Portage, Wayne and Stark counties.
Thanks to a generous gift from Celeste and Stephen Myers, Akron Children’s took a big step this spring to meet this need with the opening of the Celeste Myers Dental Clinic. Located in the Kay Jewelers Pavilion, the clinic offers comprehensive oral healthcare services and increases access and long-term care for low-income and under-insured infants, children and adolescents in Akron and the surrounding communities.
Celeste Myers shares her thoughts on this historic opening.
My interest in Akron Children’s Hospital’s dental clinic stems from my past involvement with the Junior League of Akron’s Oral Health Initiative. Responding to an unmet need in the Akron community, I jumped at the opportunity to spearhead an initiative among League members to address and ameliorate a handful of oral health concerns within our community.
Through the considerable encouragement, guidance and efforts of many individuals, including 2 I would like to single out for their particularly invaluable contributions – William Keck, MD, MPH, and Marvin Cohen, DDS – we were able to open a volunteer dental clinic in the Akron Health Department. We were inundated with patients. Need far exceeded capacity.
Through our entire marriage, my husband, Stephen, has been unstinting in his support for my volunteer activities and particularly for the JLA Volunteer Dental Clinic. Thus, when Akron Children’s presciently planned to include dental care among its patient services, Stephen joined me in being especially relieved to learn of this.
For many years, Stephen has been pleased to be a member of Akron Children’s Board of Directors. He speaks to me regularly of his profound admiration for president and CEO Bill Considine and Mr. Considine’s myriad of accomplishments. Thus, our existing relationship with Akron Children’s, combined with my own previous experience, made the choice of supporting the new dental clinic easy. It was, as they say, a perfect marriage.
The Celeste Myers Dental Clinic represents many things, most especially what good can come from a solid relationship built on mutual respect, but also from the importance of a loving and supportive community.
It is my enduring hope that Akron Children’s is proud of what it has accomplished and that it is able to continue to bring joy and – quite literally – life to the community through its continued work.
Find out how you can support the Celeste Myers Dental Clinic by contacting Jeremy Butler at 330-543-3723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.