Peak Vista Community Health Centers
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Registered Dental Hygienist .75 FTE - Health Center at Mitchell High School and Rio Grande
at Peak Vista Community Health Centers
|Title:||Registered Dental Hygienist .75 FTE - Health Center at Mitchell High School and Rio Grande|
|Department Location:||Health Center at Mitchell High School; 1205 Potter Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80909|
Are you passionate about serving an underserved population? Do you believe that everyone should have access to quality healthcare? Do you want to work in a team environment in which everyone is dedicated to this goal? Do you want to go to bed each night, knowing you made a difference in someone’s life? Isn’t this why you went to dental school? Peak Vista's Dental Clinics provide a team-based approach to healthcare. This position offers an excellent opportunity for career growth, providing a wide variety of opportunities, including process and quality improvement, mentorship, teaching and participating in research.
Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a non-profit healthcare organization whose mission is to provide exceptional healthcare to people facing access barriers through clinical programs and education. We provide primary care services (medical, dental and behavioral healthcare) through 27 outpatient health centers in El Paso, Teller, Lincoln, Adams, Elbert and Kit Carson counties. Our organization has over 950 employees and serves over 95,000 patients in the Pikes Peak and East Central Plains region. We have post graduate training programs, both nationally accredited, for Family Medicine Residency, and primary care Nurse Practitioner Fellowships.
- To uphold Peak Vista Community Health Center’s mission to provide exceptional healthcare to people facing access barriers by providing the highest level of dental practice.
- To provide high quality dental care that is culturally appropriate and prevention focused. Serves as a leader on the dental team contributing to the smooth, efficient, operation of the team, the Site and the Organization.
Education / Experience:
Graduation from an approved School of Dental Hygiene.
Possession of a current Colorado license as a registered dental hygienist.
Certification to administer local anesthesia.
Screening and evaluating patients in regard to caries risk, periodontal pathology, medical history.
Providing clinical services, including selecting, exposing, and processing of digital radiographs, prophylaxes, supra and sub gingival scaling and curettage, root planning, procedures involving team periodontal surgical techniques, according to Peak Vista guidelines.
Providing preventative clinical and educational services, including instruction of proper oral hygiene home care techniques, tooth brushing, flossing, nutrition, need for professional care, and topical fluorides.
Administration of local anesthetics and gross debridement in treatment of acute periodontal conditions.
Performance of expanded duties where qualified, as delegated by dentist and governed by Colorado law
Hygiene in Peds
Primarily responsible for the initiation and maintenance of the dental prevention and dental education program in an integrated medical setting, working with both medical and dental team members for coordination.
Accurately and appropriately assess caries risk, application of fluoride treatments, and dissemination of oral health education to parents and children in the medical setting in one-on-one visits or in group visits. Identification of and assistance in patient establishment of a dental home.
Travel between medical and dental clinic sites may be required.
Maximize community linkages while acting as advocate for patients.
Exhibits positive leadership skills, actively striving to improve patient and staff experience of Peak Vista, as well as strong communication skills.
Effective use of the electronic dental record (EDR), registries, dental radiology, and templates.
Work in coordination with dentists, other dental team members, and medical team members to effectively manage patient care and develop clinical guidelines within scope of dental hygiene practice.
- Competitive compensation and benefits
- Paid time off and holidays
- Generous CE time and budget allowance
- 403b contribution and match available if eligible
- Malpractice insurance coverage
- Great working conditions
- Terrific team environment
- Focus on patient satisfaction
*Successful candidates will complete pre-employment screening; which includes, but is not limited to a Criminal Background check. Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a drug and alcohol free workplace an an Equal Opportunity Employer.
**PVCHC participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s I-9 to data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration Records. To learn more, visit: everify.com