ELKHART — A $100,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County will help a community health center expand its fledgling dental program in Elkhart County. 

Heart City Health already has three dental chairs, two hygiene chairs, a full-time dentist and one hygienist. But it recently purchased a building adjacent to the Simpson Avenue clinic and is renovating it into the new dental center.

The new facility will have six dental chairs, five hygienist chairs, two dentists and two hygienists. 

“We recognized the need to expand our dental services to meet the growing need in our community,” Heart City Health CEO Esleen Fultz said in a news release. “The newly renovated office will also allow us to partner with dental and hygiene schools to provide on-site training. We are grateful for the support from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County.”

Pete McCown, president of the Community Foundation, said support for Heart City Health is an excellent example of the foundation’s mission “to improve the quality of life in Elkhart County by inspiring generosity.”

“We are pleased with what they’ve presented to us and we expect them to be successful in their efforts,” McCown said. “Heart City Health is another vital link in the chain of non-profit entities that are improving our quality of life in Elkhart County.”

Heart City Health serves patients regardless of their ability to pay.

The new dental center is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019, and will be located at 2100 Superior Street, Elkhart.

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