The Choptank Community Health System, Inc. (CCHS) is a private, non-profit community health center providing primary health care services in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties and the surrounding areas. As a community health center, CCHS is able to use federal funding to expand current services and develop new programs to meet the health care needs in our area.
Within the CCHS mission of providing quality health care for all, the CCHS Oral Health Program desires to assure appropriate oral health care for all.
Historically, because of limited capacity and high demand for services the dental program prioritizes access to care for residents of the Mid-Shore: who are covered by Medical Assistance or are without insurance; are under 20 years old; women who are pregnant; and patients with medical conditions referred by their primary care physician for whom dental care is critical to the management of their health condition. The program is also available to individuals experiencing acute dental problems such as severe pain, fever, swelling, or recent injury. Access to emergency care is provided on a walk-in, open access basis.
Recent additions in both staff and facilities to our dental program have allowed us to open our Goldsboro Dental Center to a full service family dental care. It is anticipated that as the program continues to grow, we will be able to expand our services to a larger segment of the communities we serve.
About our Dental Facilities:
- Equipped with state of the art dental suites
- Staffed by licensed dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and support staff
- Focused on children who are uninsured or enrolled in HealthChoice. At this time, due to the tremendous need for oral health services in the area, adult patients will only be seen for dental emergencies or by referral from their medical provider
- Partners with local community agencies (schools, health departments, Head Start, social services, and many others) to improve the community’s health
- Collaborates with Shore Health System, and Eastern Shore AHEC to provide hospital-based rehabilitative and restorative services for children. The organizations are members of CROC – Children’s Regional Oral Health Consortium.
- DENTAL EXAMINATIONS, CLEANINGS, X-RAYS, DENTAL SEALANTS, FLUORIDE
- FILLINGS (INCLUDING TOOTH COLORED)
- ORAL SURGERY-EXTRACTIONS
- ROOT CANALS
- COORDINATION OF HOSPITAL-BASED SERVICES
School Based Health Centers
A Health Center delivers quality, age-appropriate health care so that children are ready to learn. Healthy minds and bodies help children succeed academically. Staff provides programs on wellness, disease prevention, health promotion and general health management.
The staff in a Health Center may include a nurse practitioner, a physician assistant, a dental hygienist, a dental assistant, a mental health professional, a registered or licensed practical nurse, a health aide and support staff.
Community Based Dental Programs
Services: May include: a dental screening, cleaning, fluoride treatment (which may possibly be applied two times during the school year), sealants and if needed, referrals for prescriptions and dental emergencies.
The CCHS School Based Dental staff utilizes progressive mobile dental equipment and follows all regulations regarding appropriate sterilization, safety and health procedures. Whenever your child is seen by the School Based Dental staff, a note is sent home that details the visit. You will receive information on your child’s oral health status as well as a list of the services provided during the visit. Additionally, a report on your child’s visit is shared with your child’s dentist, if you list one on the enrollment form. Services available to the students include review of health history, examination of the mouth, cleaning and fluoride treatments, dental sealants, dietary advice, home care instructions, referrals to dental care and a tooth care kit.
Would you like to enroll your child in the School-Based Dental Program? The program is open to all public school students. Insurances and Medical Assistance will be billed when possible. Students without insurance may be billed on a sliding fee scale. After a child is seen by the School-Based Dental Staff, a note is sent home detailing the visit and a report of the visit is also shared with the child’s Dentist.The Choptank Community Health System, Inc. (CCHS) is a private, non-profit community health center providing primary health care services in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties and the surrounding areas. As a community health center, CCHS is able to use federal funding to expand current services and develop new programs to meet the health care needs in our area.
Comprehensive Family Practice – All locations except Easton Pediatrics
Pediatric Services – Denton Medical Center, Easton Pediatrics
Appointments can be made with any provider by calling the office (see the back panel for our locations and phone numbers). If you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment, please call the office at least 24 hours before the scheduled appointment to reschedule or cancel.
After Hours Call System
Call the hospital and ask to speak with Choptank’s On-Call provider. The provider can help you decide what is best for your illness.
UMMC Hospital at Dorchester: 410-228-5511
UMMC Hospital at Easton: 410-822-1000
Requests for refills on prescriptions ordered by your provider can be called in or left with the receptionist. You may pick up your refill prescription or have it called in to your pharmacy within two (2) business days of the request. For routinely prescribed medicines, an appointment is normally required with your provider every six months.
Please do not wait until you are out of your medication to request a refill
If you need a referral from your provider to obtain specialty care, please make requests for non-urgent referrals at least 5 days before your appointment with the specialist.
All requests for forms to be filled out or medical records copied for other providers, work, school, insurance companies, social services, etc., will be completed within 10 working days of your request.
If you need to go to the hospital, our providers have coverage at the University of Maryland Medical Centers in Cambridge & Easton.