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RWJUH to Participate in One-day Program Offering Free Dental Care for Uninsured Children

January 19, 2010

New Brunswick, NJ – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) will participate in the 8th Annual “Give Kids a Smile!” (GKAS) day, a national program of the American Dental Association (ADA) that provides free dental services to uninsured children between the ages of 3 and 12.

At RWJUH, the program will take place on Friday, Feb. 5, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Ambulatory Services Dental Suite D. Special children’s entertainment will be provided in the waiting area.

The complimentary services will begin with a comprehensive dental exam and X-rays, and may include fillings, sealants and emergency treatments as needed. Information and dental insurance enrollment materials also will be provided to parents or guardians. GKAS is part of the ADA’s annual push to bring attention to tooth decay – the No. 1 childhood disease.

Last year, nearly a half million children in the United States received more than $50 million in dental care at more than 4,600 sites nationwide as a result of the GKAS event. In New Jersey, thousands of children visited 66 sites. Since the start of the program, hundreds of children have been seen at RWJUH.

To ensure your child receives all of the necessary dental care, please call (732) 937-8653 by Feb. 3 to make an appointment for this event. Walk-ins will be accepted if there is chair availability.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ.  Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ( 

As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties.  The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report three times. In addition, RWJUH was named among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the Equity Care of Award as Top Hospital for Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion from the American Hospital Association.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center.  The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.