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July 2, 2012

Contact: Bevin Theodore, Director of PR & Communications


KidsPeace dental clinic gets state-of-the-art x-ray machine with Highmark Foundation grant 

North Whitehall Township – The KidsPeace dental clinic has gone high-tech with digital x-rays, thanks to the latest installment from a $150,000 Highmark Foundation grant.

Dr. Kimberly Servagno, KidsPeace dentist, said the switch will save time, money and is better for the environment. It also allows the dental staff to educate patients by displaying the images on a screen and showing them exactly what’s going on in their mouths so they can stave off cavities and other problems before they get too severe.

The clinic, which opened last spring in the Donley TEC building on the Orchard Hills campus, also boasts a brand new sterilizer and a panoramic x-ray machine. The x-ray machine will be particularly helpful when dealing with children in crisis, since they might not want anyone to touch their mouths, Servagno said. It also takes images faster and with less radiation than traditional x-ray machines, a key component since new patients rarely come to KidsPeace with dental records, so they almost always require x-rays.

“We are extremely grateful to the Highmark Foundation for their generous contribution to the health and well-being of our children,” said KidsPeace President and CEO William Isemann. “This equipment will enhance the quality of care we are able to offer and reduce the chance that patients will be further traumatized by routine dental visits.”

The grant, implemented over a two-year period, covered a variety of expenses including staff salaries, dental equipment and supplies and educational materials.

“Since the clinic’s opening, we are pleased to see the accomplishments that have taken place in just one year,” said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook. “To enable a more efficient process and a unique way for the patient to be more involved in his/her care is a great way to encourage preventive care.”

Prior to the state-of-the-art clinic opening, KidsPeace provided a clinic at the former Washington School building in Salisbury Township. However, the off-site location did not have modern equipment, and it was inconvenient to transport the youth more than 30 miles round-trip. The clinic, which is now housed in the same building as classrooms, sees seven or eight patients a day, and it’s no longer a hassle if an appointment has to be rescheduled.

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About KidsPeace

Founded in 1882, KidsPeace is dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, preadolescents, teens and young adults, offering a comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; and a variety of foster care and community-based programs to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities. KidsPeace offers services in Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

About Highmark Foundation

The Highmark Foundation is a charitable organization, a private foundation and an affiliate of Highmark Inc. that supports initiatives and programs aimed at improving community health. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals who reside in the communities where we do business. The Foundation strives to support evidence-based programs that impact multiple counties and work collaboratively to leverage additional funding to achieve replicable models. For more information, visit


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