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Cadillac Dental Services  COMPLETED


Baldwin Family Health Care (BFHC) is a private, nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). BFHC was founded in 1967 to provide needed primary care and dental services to the residents of Baldwin and Lake County, Michigan. Over the years, the organization has expanded to address the compelling needs of residents of adjacent Newaygo, Wexford, and Missaukee Counties located in the West Central portion of Michigan. The service area population is 106,003. The target population is residents with income levels below 200 percent of poverty (27,615 individuals). The service area is a Medically Underserved Area and a Health Professional Shortage Area. Much of the service area is rural and sparsely populated, comprised largely of farms, inland lakes, and vast tracts of the Manistee National Forest. The service area of 2,542 square miles features small towns, long distances, and people who like a rural, four-season lifestyle.

BFHC will convert approximately 3,000 square feet of existing building space from its current medical office use to a space suitable for dental services. The reconfigured space will house 6 dental operatories (2 for hygiene and 4 for dental services). It will include the required sterilization, lab, and x-ray spaces, as well as spaces for dentists and support staff. Registration will be part of a new centralized registration area made possible by Health Resources & Services Administration Immediate Facility Improvement grant funding.

  • Location:  520 Cobb Street, Cadillac, MI
  • Contact:  Kathy Sather, Chief Executive Officer | 231.745.5039; Russ Kolski, Project Lead  | 231.834.9787
  • Project Cost:  $460,000
  • Size:  3,000 sq. ft.

Meeting Community Need, Increasing Access, Expanding Services

This renovation is in response to the oral health needs of the medically underserved population of the greater Cadillac area. Heretofore, BFHC did not have dental health services available. The introduction of these services substantially enhances the package of services available.

Reaching Special Populations

BFHC does not currently provide dental services within its Cadillac or McBain facilities. Oral health is important for many populations, especially children and patients with diabetes. BFHC currently provides oral health education in Lake and Newaygo Counties as a vital component of their services to the pediatric population. Extending these services to the Cadillac office where BFHC’s only pediatrician is located will greatly support those efforts.

Improving Outcomes

The co-location and integration of services improves patient convenience and compliance with treatment regimens. This project introduces dental care to a significant low-income, medically underserved population.

Program Innovation / Model of Delivery

BFHC intends to provide oral health services, involving preventive and restorative care, for patients of Wexford and Missaukee Counties. Its model of delivery integrates the new dental services with medical, behavioral health, and enabling services to provide a comprehensive health home.

Community Collaboration / Service Integration

BFHC has a long history of collaboration and partnerships with social agencies, community-based initiatives, and educational institutions, addressing many social challenges. It collaborates with Wexford and Missaukee County rural health clinics and primary care providers, as well as providers of dental, mental health, and counseling services. BFHC also collaborates with area providers that include in their services a wide range of supplemental services, referral services, and services that enable residents to access medical and social services. Among these are senior services agencies, District 10 Health Department, Mackinaw Trails, Catholic Human Services, Lake County Meals and Human Services, Lake County Trial Court, and Michigan Rehabilitation Services. BFHC works in collaboration with area hospitals and maintains medical staff relationships. It also has referral relationships with facilities providing tertiary and higher level care. BFHC is also a training site for the University of Michigan Dental School, University of Detroit Physician Assistant Program, Michigan State University Nurse Practitioner program, Michigan College of Optometry, Grand Valley State University Physician’s Assistant program, Baker College Medical Assistant program, Ross Medical Education, Olympia Career/Everest Institute Dental Assisting and Medical Assisting programs, and Career Tech Center for health career exploration.

Innovation in Design

The primary innovation is the integration of dental care with comprehensive, quality primary health services, saving multiple trips by patients to various venues for care. The renovation is planned in full compliance with the applicable life safety code, incorporating the U.S. Green Building Council’s sustainable construction and design principles (LEED). Renovation also complies with the ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Building and Facilities and Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards issued by the General Services Administration.

Impact on Social Determinants of Health

Contribution to job creation: This project will add 6 new positions to BFHC’s Cadillac office. It is anticipated this service will require 2 dentists, 1 hygienist, 2 dental assistants, and 2 office support staff when the site is fully functional.


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