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In Oregon, 58% of third graders had dental decay according to a recent survey

- Oregon’s Health Future, 2013

March 23, 2020 Update

To our patients and their families,
In keeping with Governor Kate Brown’s mandate on March 19, 2020 that all non-essential health facilities close until June 15th, Kemple Clinic will not be seeing any more patients, nor rescheduling any patients, effective immediately. Any urgent dental needs should be handled by Mosaic Medical or the dentist of your choice. Below is a list of resources and contact information to help you access that care if you have OHP or believe your child is OHP-eligible:

If your child has Oregon Health Plan-OHP insurance, please CONTACT THE FOLLOWING:
Mosaic Medical: www.mosaicmedical.org 541-383-3005
Advantage Dental: www.advantagedentalservices.com 866-268-9631
Capitol Dental: www.capitoldentalcare.com 800-525-6800
ODS Community Dental: www.odscommunitydental.com 800-342-0526

If you do not have insurance, but believe your child is eligible for OHP insurance:
Review OHP’s eligibility requirements here oregon.gov/oha/HSD/OHP/Pages/Apply.aspx
Contact agencies who can sign you up for OHP insurance healthcare.oregon.gov including:
Mosaic Bend, 2084 NE Professional Court, Bend 541-383-3005
Latino Community Association all locations via phone 541-598-6316
Crook County Health Dept., 375 NW Beaver St, #100 Prineville 541-447-5165

As healthcare professionals, our goal is to help “flatten the curve” of this virus’ spread so that essential medical services and supplies are available for those who need them most. We strongly urge you to join us in this effort by staying home and practicing social distancing. We care about each and every one of you and we wish you all safety and good health.


February 4, 2020 Bend, OR – Bend-based Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic announced today that, effective July 1, 2020, the organization will close its doors and its services will be assumed by various organizations in Central Oregon.

Since 1998, Kemple Clinic has served as Central Oregon’s only nonprofit dental organization, providing high quality dental care at no charge to the region’s at risk, uninsured, underserved and underinsured children and young adults. Kemple and volunteer dental professionals across our region have given their time and energy to treat at risk youth in need of dental services. These pro bono dental services have averaged an in-kind value of $725,000 per year to the Central Oregon community. Over the last few years, entities such as Oregon Health Plan (OHP), Pacific Source (CCO), and Dental Care Organizations (DCO’s) have been working to close that gap in care by integrating dental coverage with overall health improvement priorities. In addition, the Oregon Legislature has twice approved the Cover All Kids program through June 2021, allowing undocumented children to apply for OHP. Our region, through the Central Oregon Regional Health Improvement Planning process, has set specific goals and objectives for at risk youth dental needs and has dedicated resources to that process. In tandem with the state and regional efforts, Mosaic Medical has prioritized integrating dental care within its medical clinics and has opened full service dental clinics in Redmond and Bend in the last few years. These clinics serve adults and children with or without insurance.

Suzanne Browning, Executive Director-Kemple Clinic, says she and Kemple’s board of directors closely watched this positive and consistent trend among care providers and knew it was time for the organization to make a change.

As she explains, “Nonprofits exist because a need exists. In the case of Kemple Clinic, the gaps we worked to fill over the past 22 years have been closed and our mission has been accomplished. It has been an honor to serve the community for more than two decades and we are proud of the positive impact our work has had on children and their families. We have the utmost confidence that organizations such as Mosaic will carry on that work in an environment where patients can receive wraparound medical and dental care.”

During the transition period, Kemple Clinic will work with its referral agencies to ensure at risk youth and their families understand their care options and, if OHP insured, that these youth are assigned to a local dentist. Kemple Clinic’s current plan is to continue to offer cleanings and preventative care for those patients who are already scheduled through the organization’s recall system through the end of June. Urgent and emergent needs, however, will be directed to other partners as appropriate.

Donna Mills, Executive Director, Central Oregon Health Council adds, “It is with great gratitude that the Central Oregon Health Council (COHC) congratulates Kemple Clinic for filling the gap for the past 22 years while planning for mission fulfillment. We are grateful to be part of the continuing efforts to bring resources to the wellness gaps in the region. We appreciate all our partners who have worked with Kemple Clinic throughout their many years that have a vision that aligns with COHC; Creating a Healthier Central Oregon.”

For more information about Kemple Clinic’s transition please click the FAQs button below or email info@kempleclinic.org.