The Lackey Clinic has something to smile about in 2015, thanks to the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation.

In December 2014, a $5,000 grant was awarded to the clinic for dental equipment and supplies to treat low income and uninsured residents of York County, Greater Williamsburg and the Virginia Peninsula. Thanks to grants like these, the Lackey Clinic is able to service members of the community like Ben, a 32-year-old who was referred to the clinic in March for a cardiac condition. One of the valves in his heart was failing and needed to be replaced, but his oral health needed to be improved first to reduce the risk of infection to a new valve.

Ben has had five appointments at the clinic since early April, which included a hygiene appointment to clean his teeth for treatment and then four more appointments to receive 10 fillings. Now that his oral health is back in shape, he's ready for the heart valve replacement, which would not have been possible without this dental intervention from the team at Lackey.

"Our challenge is to find ways to make the biggest impact on improving Virginians oral, and thus, whole body health," said George A. Levicki, president and CEO, Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation. "By providing much-needed funding, our Foundation puts organizations like the Lackey Clinic in a better position to serve the oral health needs of their communities. We are delighted at the progress we are seeing."

In 2014, Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation grant award recipients were able to provide dental care to more than 39,575 children and 11,203 adults who had previously been unable to afford or access care. Organizations eligible to receive grants from the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation include governmental agencies or educational institutions, entities holding a 501(c)(3) tax-exemption, or organizations with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt fiscal sponsor. The Foundation was created with an initial $2.5 million donation from Delta Dental of Virginia in 2012. Information regarding grant eligibility and application can be found online at

This year is Lackey Clinic's 20th Anniversary of providing quality medical care for low income and uninsured residents of York County, Greater Williamsburg and the Virginia Peninsula. Over those 20 years, the clinic has grown from the one-day-week Lackey Free Clinic housed in a Sunday school classroom to a modern facility providing a full range of healthcare services to more than 1,500 patients. For more information, visit


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