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DVIDS – News – Chesser Dental Clinic Reopens, Ready to Serve JRTC and Fort Polk Soldiers

FORT POLK, Louisiana – The Fort Polk Dental Health Activity celebrated the 111th anniversary of the U.S. Army Dental Corps with a grand reopening ceremony for the Chesser Dental Clinic March 11 at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk , Louisiana.

After a groundbreaking ceremony, the officer in charge of the clinic, Major Matthew Massey, said the renovation process began several years ago and culminated in the clinic’s closure for the past six months.

“This renovation has roots that go back to two previous commanding officers and many chief clinicians,” Massey said. “This clinic provides care to nearly 3,800 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 519th Military Police Battalion and 46th Engineer Battalion. With such a strong footprint, we needed a state-of-the-art treatment center to provide them with the best dental care they deserve.

Massey, an endodontist, said Chesser Dental Clinic has 26 treatment rooms, including two periodontal (gum) surgery suites and two endodontic (root canal) treatment suites. At full capacity, the clinic is staffed with both active duty and civilian employees and can accommodate 10 dentists, six dental hygienists and 14 dental assistants.

“When our service members walk into a treatment room, they can be assured that they are receiving world-class care in a state-of-the-art facility,” he said. “I look forward to all the future care we are now able to provide at this clinic.”

Massey thanked Dental Health Command-Central, JRTC and the Commanding General of Fort Polk, the Garrison Commander and the Department of Facilities at Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital for their support in completing the project.

After the ceremony, attendees were invited to tour the facilities and stay for a cake celebrating the 111th anniversary of the U.S. Army Dental Corps.

Date taken: 03.11.2022
Date posted: 16.03.2022 19:24
Story ID: 416604
Location: FORT POLK, LA, USA

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