Community dental clinic to open in La Crosse in September


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – A new dental clinic, operated by Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers, will open in September, next to Gundersen Health System’s La Crosse Campus.

The clinic will be in the lower level of the Smile Care Dental Center. Gundersen purchased the dental clinic through the support of a grant from the Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation. The clinic will initially be open one day per week, with expanded hours expected in the coming months, according to a news release from Gundersen Health System. La Crosse County patients who previously traveled to scenic Bluffs’ dental clinics in Cashton and Viroqua can now get there care closer to home.

Scenic Bluffs is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that delivers primary healthcare services in underserved areas, with a focus on reducing barriers to healthcare.

“Scenic Bluffs is passionate about our work, which is grounded in prevention of disease and staying well. Our team works together, creatively bringing services that attend to the individual needs of each person as they come to us, reducing barriers and focusing on healthcare access, regardless of circumstances,” said Mari Freiberg, CEO, Scenic Bluffs. “This partnership allows us to bring care close to home for La Crosse area residents who depend on us for services. We are so pleased to be in La Crosse again with dental care.”

“Thanks to the collaborative approach with Scenic Bluffs and the philanthropic investment by generous donors, our community will have another option to access necessary dental care,” said Mandy Nogle, director, Development, Gundersen Medical Foundation. “This collaboration showcases the power of philanthropy and the giving spirit of the people of our community. It’s a winning combination when the resources are combined for the benefit of all. It is uplifting to see this kind of strategic philanthropy in action.”

Scenic Bluffs accepts Wisconsin Medicaid, Medicare, most private insurance, and cares for those without insurance. Additionally, Scenic Bluffs offers a sliding-fee scale program, available to those with or without insurance, which may reduce the cost of care to those who qualify. Qualifications are based on the individual’s household size and income.

“This unique partnership with Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation, Gundersen Health System, Gundersen Medical Foundation and Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers will help provide needed access to dental care for individuals with Medicaid coverage in the region,” said Doug Ballweg, president and CEO, Delta Dental of Wisconsin. “We look forward to our collaboration and closing the gap to dental care for our most vulnerable populations.”