October 2020
A Message from the CEO
I am very excited to announce the official opening of our 4th location in Barto, located at 1315 Route 100 North, Barto, PA. Currently we are providing face to face and telehealth medical visits as well as telehealth behavioral health visits. We are working on finalizing the set-up of our 2 dental chairs within the Barto location with the intent of having them open by the end of this year or the beginning of the new year. At this time, any patient needing a dental appointment can contact our main number at 610-326-9460 and schedule a dental appointment at our other locations. Please remember we provide free transportation to and from all CHDC locations- please check out our website www.ch-dc.org for a list of pick up and drop off locations and times.

Another friendly reminder to everyone to get their flu shot as it is more important than ever right now with the pandemic still in place. CHDC continues to provide a safe and clean environment as we are following social distance practicing, screening questions and mandatory mask coverings to ensure your visit to CHDC is up to your expectations.

CHDC is devoting time and effort to work with our staff to improve the patient experience. It is important to our organization each and every person coming to CHDC has the best patient experience. We will be providing an on-going patient experience monthly training beginning in November with our staff to continue to improve your patient experience at CHDC. If you happen to come in for a visit, please tell us what you think by taking a quick survey on our survey kiosks located throughout our locations as every opinion counts! 

Bridgette McGivern, CEO
Community Health & Dental Care, Inc
New! CHDC Town Hall Event
Finding Family Balance: Navigating through Stress

Tuesday, October 27th
5:30 PM
Join us virtually on Tuesday, October 27th at 5:30 PM with Behavioral Health Consultants Meghan Brown and Lisa Hallahan.

The pandemic has brought a lot of change and stress the school year. We understand how stressful it can be trying to manage it all. We can help! Here are a few topics we will focus on:

  • Addressing stress related to Virtual learning 
  • Helping families apply effective coping skills to deal with stress.

CHDC in the Community
Care Management Team Left to Right:  
Gladys Rodriquez CHW, Camille Watson CHW, Lauren Emmell RN Nurse Educator 
Kristine Jones RN Nurse Care Manager, Karen D’Amico Clinical Liaison (not shown)
Eat Fresh Fall Program Updates

After a successful summer season, in partnership with Chester County Food Bank Eat Fresh Program, the Care Management Team Kicked off the Eat Fresh Fall program at CHDC. Care Management distributes the boxes of fresh produce to Community Health & Dental Care patients and their families that are experiencing food insecurity. The team distributed over 150 boxes to families over the summer and are set to increase those numbers this fall. The Care Management Team coordinates box pickups and deliveries to the home. The Eat Fresh program allows participants to gain positive attitudes toward a variety of nutritious foods including fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The program offers six weekly bilingual virtual sessions provide hands-on cooking opportunities and encourage individuals to learn more about their food environment and acquire basic knowledge of nutrition. With these skills and the opportunity to taste new fresh fruits and vegetables, participants will be able to make informed choices to select ingredients and prepare healthy meals at home.
The Care Management Team also supports the Fresh to You truck through the FVRX programs and the Veggie Bucks programs. The Fresh to You truck is open to the public and is located alongside the CVS lot at the Coventry Mall on Tuesdays between 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  

Top right: Care Management Team Left to Right) Gladys Rodriquez CHW, Camille Watson CHW, Lauren Emmell RN Nurse Educator Kristine Jones RN Nurse Care Manager, Karen D’Amico Clinical Liaison (not shown))

CHDC is excited to participate in The Amazing Raise to raise funds in support of CHDC patients who struggle with food insecurity.

Our patients. Real challenges. Compassionate solutions.

"I want to tell you guys thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have done for me. With everything that has been going on with the coronavirus, it has been so hard scraping things together. The gift card that you are able to give me is such a blessing, and I am completely thankful that you were able to get them and chose me for receiving one! Again, thank you so very much, and if it wasn't for you, and programs like this I don't know what I'd do!" - M.P.

"It's been a struggle, I didn't think anyone cared about me. What y'all did made a difference in my life and caused me to care about myself. I didn't care about myself and now I do. I didn't have anyone to ask for help, I didn't have anyone else. Your team really helped me. Thank you. You don't know how much this really means to me." - T.T.

CHDC’s care management team identified 170 patients throughout May and June 2020 – about 10% of our patient population – with food insecurities. With limited grant funding approved to be re-allocated towards helping these patients, CHDC purchased grocery store gift cards and distributed them to these individuals to help put food on their table. In only two short months, our $12,000 grant fund was depleted.

As the pandemic continues, CHDC recognizes the ongoing and growing need of our patients – especially as we head into the colder months. To replenish our food insecurities fund, we made the decision to opt-in and participate in our local Pottstown community’s one day donor match campaign called The Amazing Raise. For every dollar YOU donate through The Amazing Raise on October 30, 2020, CHDC will receive an additional percentage in dollar match from generous Amazing Raise sponsors, stretching your contribution even farther!  Not only will enable us to purchase gift cards from area grocery stores, but you will be part of the compassionate solution in helping our patients like M.P. and T.T. above.

We need your help! As our partner, please donate to support our efforts. Helping patients resolve food insecurity, even temporarily, can help them to focus on the medical and behavioral aspects to their treatment.

To donate, please go to: https://www.amazingraisetricounty.org/CHDC on October 30, 2020. Want to make an early gift now and not wait until the 30th? You absolutely can! 

Thank you for your generous support!

Keeping our Patients Safe
At Community Health and Dental Care, we are committed to a safe and clean environment as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Locations have been triple-cleaned, all staff are wearing masks, and seating in lobby and waiting rooms are socially distant.

We want to send a special thank you to Transcend Facility Management Company, LLC for all they do to ensure our CHDC facilities are clean and safe. Check out this cool video featuring our main office at the Coventry Mall.
Octodent equipment have been installed in our dental facilities, and patients are being scheduled to allow for appropriate levels of social distancing in our facility. COVID-19 pre-screening includes temperature checks of all patients upon arrival for their scheduled appointment. All patients and staff are required to wear masks.

If you are an existing patient or looking for a new medical home, we invite you to schedule your next appointment by calling 610-326-9460.
Barto is Officially Open!
As a patient-centered healthcare center, our clients get a team of healthcare specialists, dedicated to you and your family. We address every area of your health at any one of our locations:
  • 351 W. Schuylkill Road, Pottstown (in the Coventry Mall, next to Dick's Sporting Goods)
  • 800 Heritage Drive, Pottstown
  • 700 Heritage Drive, Pottstown
  • 1315 Route 100 North, Barto - To see pictures of our newly renovated location, click here.

Our Services
At CHDC, we believe everyone has the right to access quality healthcare. With three locations in Pottstown and our expansion into Barto, we offer a wide range of medical and dental services to take care of you and your family regardless of your insurance status.

Free Transportation and healthcare discounts are also available.
Free Transportation
Community Health & Dental Care continually strives to provide the highest quality care for our patients.

At times, patients are unable to keep their
scheduled appointments due to unforeseen
transportation barriers.

Patients can schedule free shuttle service to and from any of our health center locations.

To view a full list of shuttle stops and program requirements, please CLICK HERE.
Important Health News - ROUTINE CARE
Help us spread the word!
The Tri-County Health Council has launched a multi-faceted campaign effort to reach members of the Greater Pottstown region to encourage people to seek immediate emergency care if experiencing signs of a stroke or heart attack. Many people are experiencing anxiety about going to the hospital for emergency care due to the pandemic. However, our hospitals and healthcare facilities are fully equipped and safe for people who need immediate care.

Help us spread the word and reduce the harm done to individuals who might ignore symptoms of stroke and heart attack and not seek care.

To download flyer, click:

Welcome to the CHDC Family! - UPDATE
Please join us in welcoming our newest medical providers and staff who have recently joined our CHDC family over the last few months.

Christine M. Kolbmann
Credentialing Specialist

Kimberly Mansur
Sr. Staff Accountant

Seeking a rewarding career in healthcare? See our current job openings by clicking here.
Board Members Wanted
Community Health and Dental Care is seeking to fill 3-4 board positions. Board meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month.

For more information, please contact Bridgette McGivern, CEO, at info@ch-dc.org.
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