PROVIDENCE — Delta Dental of Rhode Island, Providence Community Health Centers
(PCHC) and the Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation are pleased to announce that the
Foundation’s two-day Rhode Island Mission of Mercy (RI MOM) free dental clinic will
once again be held in 2018. Delta Dental of Rhode Island and Providence Community
Health Centers will serve as premier sponsors of the event.

The 2018 clinic is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30, at the Delta
Dental of Rhode Island dental clinic at Providence Community Health Centers’ Prairie
Avenue location at 335 R Prairie Ave. in Providence. This marks a change in location
from the event’s former home at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Lincoln
campus.

“I am grateful that Delta Dental of Rhode Island and the Providence Community Health
Centers have stepped up to ensure the continuation of the Rhode Island Mission of
Mercy free dental clinic,” says Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “This clinic provides an
invaluable service and I am appreciative of all the people that volunteer their time
and skills to improving the oral health of our most vulnerable citizens.”

Delta Dental of Rhode Island has been a premier sponsor of the Mission of Mercy
clinic since 2012.

“We are pleased that the Mission of Mercy clinic will carry on in a setting
dedicated to improving the health and oral health of Rhode Islanders,” said Joe
Nagle, president & CEO of Delta Dental of Rhode Island. “Our premier sponsorship of
this event is an important part of fulfilling our own mission of improving the oral
health of all Rhode Islanders. In addition, the many Delta Dental employees who look
forward to volunteering their time at this event each year are thrilled that the
Mission of Mercy will continue.”

Since 2012, the free dental clinic has provided care to more than 4,025 patients.
Services provided to patients, who are seen on a first come, first-served basis,
include fillings, extractions, cleanings, root canals and oral cancer screening,
among others.

“Providence Community Health Centers is dedicated to providing neighborhood-based,
accessible primary care and dental care with professionalism, dignity and respect,”
says Merrill R. Thomas, chief executive officer for PCHC. “The Mission of Mercy free
dental clinic aligns naturally with our mission, and we look forward to welcoming
patients and volunteers into our facility.”

“We look forward to working in Providence Community Health Centers’ state-of-the-art
dental clinic as the Mission of Mercy returns in 2018,” says Dr. Jeffrey Dodge, DMD,
Mission of Mercy co-chair. “We couldn’t ask for a better location to serve the many
patients who need access to affordable oral health care in Rhode Island.”

To learn more about the Rhode Island Mission of Mercy free dental clinic or for more
information about how you can volunteer, visit www.rimom.org.