Prism Health North Texas (PHNTX) announced their intent to acquire the assets of Community Dental Care of Texas in an effort to expand their missions to create access to affordable healthcare for people living in the greater Dallas area. By integrating dental and medical care under a single community health organization, both important needs can be better resourced and managed. The organization will operate under the Prism Health North Texas brand, and the PHNTX Board of Directors will become the single managing board. The change will build PHNTX’s strategic vision towards improving health for more people throughout North Texas.
All services, locations, and staff currently operating with CDC will migrate to PHNTX. Both organizations receive major funding from Ryan White grants, but both also receive unique funding which synergistically will form even greater support and resources for a wider variety of individuals in the greater Dallas area.
“CDC has an incredible legacy of providing critical dental care for so many people here in Dallas,” says Dr. John Carlo, CEO of PHNTX. “We look forward to continuing this important work and build together an even bigger safety net of healthcare services.”
The dental offices will continue to be located at: 13551 Dennis Lane, Farmers Branch, TX; 8224 Park Lane, Dallas, TX; and 3910 Gaston Avenue, in Dallas, TX. The Gaston Ave location is located close to both the PHNTX Worth Street Health Center at 4004 Worth Street, and the PHNTX Administrative Offices at 3900 Junius Street.
“We are excited about the opportunity to continue our mission in the Dallas area,” said Dorothy Jones, Director of Operations for the Community Dental Care of Texas practices. “Joining Prism and pairing our unique goals and missions will result in a great benefit for our many shared patients and allow us to integrate dental and medical care in a unique care setting.”
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, more people are unable to afford dental care than any other type of healthcare. In 2015, the percentage of people in the United States with no dental insurance was 29 percent and 62 percent for older adults. Over 40 percent of low-income and non-Hispanic Black adults have untreated tooth decay. Among PHNTX’s current patients receiving medical care at one of its health centers, only 16 percent have evidence of at least an annual dental examination in the past year.