Hometown Health Centers Unveils Largest, Most Cutting-Edge Dental Clinic in Capital Region

Monday, Jan. 22, 2024 -- Hometown Health Centers (HHC), along with the Schenectady County Legislature and Congressman Tonko, today opened Hometown Health’s new dental clinic, located at 1108 State Street in Schenectady.


The 12,500-square-foot facility — located at the only not-for-profit federally qualified health center in Schenectady County — will serve medically underserved residents from Schenectady and surrounding counties. The clinic features 30 exam rooms and the latest digital technology, and will offer general dentistry, preventative and pediatric care, oral surgery, and emergency appointments.


“For too long we watched people in our community suffer because of a serious lack of access to dental services,” said HHC CEO Joe Gambino, noting that HHC currently has a dental waiting list of 5,000 patients. “Opening this beautiful new dental practice is the first step toward ending this needless misery.”


"Hometown Health plays a vital role in our community, offering essential healthcare and dental services to those who might otherwise go without,” added Gary Hughes, chair of the Schenectady County Legislature. “The County Legislature takes pride in supporting the creation of this cutting-edge facility, contributing $4 million in ARPA funding to bridge the financial gap and bring this project to life. Beyond its increased capacity and comprehensive services, the clinic is a lifeline for dental patients on Medicaid, the uninsured, and the underinsured, addressing a critical need for those who find themselves with no other options. We look forward to our continued partnership with Hometown Health to ensure that the residents of Schenectady County can access the health and dental services they need and deserve."

In 2021, when Ellis Medicine shuttered its dental clinic and dental residency program in Schenectady, HHC stepped up to absorb nearly 9,000 patients previously served through Ellis. Later that year, HHC purchased the former Rite Aid at the corner of State and Brandywine when it became clear that they would need a new facility to better serve their dental patients. The new dental clinic combines the two smaller offices they previously used into one modern facility that is expected to treat approximately 14,000 patients each year.


“Hometown Health Centers offers essential, exceptional care to families across our Capital Region, and I’m deeply proud to have helped secure federal funding for this new clinic, both through both the American Rescue Plan and Community Project Funding in the Fiscal Year 2022 federal budget,” said Congressman Tonko.


“With this new clinic, those most in need will have access to high-quality, affordable dental care. Seeing the difference these federal investments make fuels my work in Congress,” he added. “I thank Schenectady County Legislature and the team at Hometown Health Centers for their partnership and I look forward to continuing to work together to deliver needed resources that build healthier communities.”

Watch the CBS-6 story from the grand opening.