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March 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 9


The DentaQuest Institute has recognized the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics’ dental program as one of its three 2018 Safety Net Solutions Centers of Excellence.  The Brumback Clinics, operated by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, provide medical, dental and behavioral health services to adults and children with or without insurance with the goal of helping patients establish a medical home. 
The Centers of Excellence awards honor safety net dental programs that have displayed tremendous leadership and excellence in oral health practice management and have greatly improved the oral health status of their patients. The programs selected to receive the award this year have each partnered with Safety Net Solutions to receive technical assistance and practice management consulting and have at least 12 months of evaluation data to report. Throughout the technical assistance partnership, award recipients were often challenged with instituting difficult changes within their dental programs that would increase access, financial sustainability, and improve oral health outcomes. The winners of this award provided the leadership and initiative necessary to implement changes and make positive change stick within their dental programs. 
“Our clinics are the front door of our public safety net system,” said Darcy J. Davis, CEO of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County.  “We thank the DentaQuest Institute for its ongoing support and recognition of our initiatives to provide our patients with preventive care and healthy smiles.” 
The administrative and dental team at the Brumback Clinics worked diligently to execute the improvement plan developed by Safety Net Solutions following a comprehensive analysis of the health center’s dental program. Evaluation data submitted by the Brumback Clinics clearly demonstrated the results of their hard work. They saw dramatic improvements in nearly all of their performance metrics and achieved increases in patient access and outcomes, as well as financial sustainability.
“Dr. Tamara-Kay Tibby and her team absolutely owned the implementation of their improvement plan,” said Safety Net Solutions Executive Director Dr. Mark Doherty. “They worked as a cohesive team to make the recommended improvements, and their hard work was rewarded by impressive results.”
“Our dental team is honored to receive this recognition from DentaQuest Institute’s Safety Net Solutions,” said Tamara-Kay Tibby, DMD, MPH, Dental Director of the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics.  “This award highlights our dental team’s commitment to providing high-quality care for the residents of Palm Beach County.” 
Terry Megiveron, Director of Practice Operations for the Brumback Clinics and Dr. Tibby received the award November 13, 2018 at the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana and accepted the honor on behalf of the dental team. 
“This is the perfect timing for this prestigious award,” said Belma Andrić, MD, MPH, the Health Care District’s Chief Medical Officer, VP and Executive Director of Clinical Services.  “Dr. Tibby and her team are dedicated to improving access to quality dental care for the neediest residents of our community. Their work can often be challenging and this recognition provides validation and motivation to continue their excellent initiatives.”
About the Health Care District  
The Health Care District of Palm Beach County, a safety net health care system marking its 30th anniversary, provides primary medical care and dental services for adults and children at the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics, health coverage programs for eligible uninsured residents, a pharmacy operation, a nationally-recognized Trauma System, registered nurses in nearly 170 public schools, short and long-term skilled nursing at the Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riviera Beach, and acute care at its teaching hospital, Lakeside Medical Center, which is accredited by The Joint Commission and serves the rural Glades’ communities.  
About the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H80CS25684 for Health Center Cluster in the award amount of $6,916,013. Seventy-nine percent of the total project is financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. The C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics were granted Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) deeming status effective January 1, 2018.
About the DentaQuest Institute
Safety Net Solutions is a program of the DentaQuest Institute that provides practice management and value-based care training and technical assistance to safety net dental programs across the country. These dental practices are the oral health safety net across the United States but they are often overwhelmed by numerous financial challenges. The goal of Safety Net Solutions is to support community health center dental program staff as they work to increase their efficiency and improve their effectiveness through improvements to patient records and billing practices, streamlined patient management and financial systems, and with the creation of new service-delivery models. This means a stronger safety net for those in need.  Since the program began in 2006, the DentaQuest Institute’s Safety Net Solutions program has worked with over 500 safety net dental programs in 45 states plus the District of Columbia. For more information about the DentaQuest Institute and its programs, visit  
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