Integrated Medical and Dental Care

Dean Ismail and Mr. Heigler sign agreement

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry Announces New Partnership with GPHA, Inc.

Earlier this year, Dean Amid Ismail of Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry and Mr. Ronald Heigler, CEO and Executive Director of Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc. (GPHA), took the first steps towards a launching a transformative new partnership that will establish a medical health center within the dental school.

“The patients we see in the clinic frequently have complex medical needs,” says Dean Ismail. “Too often, we were unable to immediately provide the dental care they needed because of underlying medical issues. To be a true health care home, we must be able to offer patients integrated, comprehensive treatment.”

GPHA is an ideal partner in this pursuit. For over 45 years, GPHA has provided comprehensive medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and child development services to underserved communities at eleven locations. Like their other locations, GPHA, Inc., Medical Suite at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry will offer comprehensive health services, including sick visits, chronic disease management, preventive care, physicals and immunizations.

"Collaborating with Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry is a unique opportunity for a health center to be embedded within a dental school. We are partnering to cultivate an integrated delivery model that will positively impact and improve outcomes for all patients," says Mr. Heigler. "It also allows the dentistry specialty to identify underlying medical issues that could potentially impact the patient."

"By partnering, we will enhance relationships across disciplines to maximize the strengths of medical and dental professionals, resulting in an integrated care delivery system equipped to work in team-based, patient-centered care," adds Dr. Janet Young, Chief Medical Officer of GPHA.

GPHA Medical Suite at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry will be ready to see patients in the next few weeks. The grand opening will be held on June 2nd.

“It is a transformative and unique partnership that will increase the level of care we are able to provide patients, and will also give our students valuable experiences and perspectives on integrated care delivery,” says Dean Ismail.