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Medical/Dental Bus

The Medical/Dental Bus Ministry of Baptists on Mission began in 1989 to help meet physical and spiritual needs in North Carolina communities. Baptists On Mission offers the use of the Mobile Dental units to Baptist churches, other Christian denominations, and service organizations within North Carolina who wish to reach out to people in need.  Our mission is to provide compassionate care to people without insurance, the impoverished, migratory farm workers, fair workers, the homeless, and more.

Churches who wish to sponsor a dental clinic will need to:
  1. Enlist volunteer staff (dentists, dental hygienist, dental assistants, nurses, interpreters, counselors, and general helpers) to work the clinic.  Call Julie Dolinger (1-800-395-5102 ext. 5603) to reserve a date for your dental clinic. Schedule early as we are often booked 8 months to one year out.
  2. A deposit of $200 per day is required to secure the date. This deposit is applied toward the total cost of the clinic. (Charges for using the dental units include: $8.00 per patient to help offset the cost of materials used ; .65 roundtrip mileage for the unit from Cary to the clinic site; reimbursement for driver's overnight accommodations and meals (if necessary), use of the on board generator (if necessary)).
  3. Identify the target patient group and how to reach them.
  4. Make arrangements for clinic site:level parking for the unit (40 ft long, 13ft 6 inches tall), electricity (if needed), etc.
  5. Obtain a planning manual.
  6. Consider scheduling the Health Screening Unit on the same date.
  7. Consider other outreach opportunites such as food or clothing distribution.
  8. Plan for sharing the gospel..
The mobile units are equipped with 2 full dental exam rooms. Dental treatments may included restorations (fillings) and extractions.

Baptists On Mission/NCBM Statement of Faith
Diabetes Screening
Diabetic screening is available on the Health Screening bus (not on the Dental truck). Equipment and supplies available with the Health Screening Ministry to perform A1c tests, which is the new national standard of care.  Churches need to enlist a nurse (RN) to perform the tests.  The cost to the church is $8.00 per patient screened.  For  more information, contact Crystal Horton, health screening coordinator at chorton@ncbaptist.org . You can also call Crystal at 919-459-5610.  


2011 and 2018 Mobile Dental Units 

On October 12, 2011, a beautiful new mobile dental unit pulled into the parking lot of the Baptist State Convention. Twenty-two years had passed since the first medical/dental bus pulled into the parking lot at 205 Convention Drive in Cary. During these 22 years of service, thousands of needy North Carolinians have received free medical and dental care. Most importantly, churches, laypeople, dentists, doctors and nurses have shared with love of Christ with these patients.

On July 9, 2018, the newest mobile dental truck was delivered. This truck replaced the 2001 Bluebird Bus. Both of these trucks are housed at the Baptist State Convention in Cary. The 1989 unit has been moved to Truett Baptist Association near Murphy, N.C. It is set up as a stationary clinic and used by the association to serve five of the most western N.C. counties.

 


Resources

Ministry Goals

  • To meet the physical needs of people who are served on the units
  • To share Christ's love (in word and deed) with people served on the units

Contributions

The dental ministry is funded by donations from individuals and groups who see this ministry as a meaningful way to reach people for Christ. Contributions for the dental ministry may be sent to:

Baptists on Mission, PO Box 1107, Cary NC 27512

For More Information
[E] jdolinger@ncbaptist.org
[P] 800-395-5102 ext. 5603

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