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HAP 2020 Achievement Awards Spotlight: UPMC Cole, Coudersport

October 09, 2020

HAP 2020 Achievement AwardsHAP’s Achievement Awards showcase exceptional programs throughout Pennsylvania’s hospital community. This week, HAP is proud to recognize UPMC Cole, Coudersport, for its innovative project to bolster oral health.

UPMC Cole, Coudersport, received HAP’s 2020 Community Champions Award for its project, Building and Strengthening Better Oral Care for the Communities We Serve.

After identifying a need for routine and preventive oral care services in the rural communities it serves, the UPMC Cole, Coudersport team and its partners created a collaborative program to educate patients about the importance of preventive and routine dental care, coordinate the delivery of physical and oral health care, provide exams and cleanings to school-aged children, and work with patients who miss their routine exams.

As a result of the team's efforts, patients have seen:

  • Better access to dental care before they need it
  • Reduction in emergency department visits
  • Improved coordination of preventive services for vulnerable populations

Additionally, during the past four years, the number of patients seen in UPMC Cole, Coudersport’s emergency department for dental concerns dropped 68 percent, and instances of patient no-shows decreased for every dental health office from 2018 to 2019.

Congratulations to UPMC Cole, Coudersport, for its efforts to promote the importance of dental care, and for improving the oral health of the communities it serves. Learn more about this effort as well as the other 2020 award-winning programs at HAP’s website

Questions about the HAP Achievement Awards may be directed to HAP Member Services at (717) 561-5359.