THE FISHER HOUSE PROJECT

The Fisher House Project is one of the premier volunteer service programs of the ICD-USA Section.  The Fisher House Foundation (link) is a network of homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment at a nearby military or Veterans medical center.  This project allows volunteer Fellows to provide emergency dental care at no charge to the Fisher House families.  The ICD-USA Fisher House Project was launched at the Fisher House located at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii in 2012.  ICD volunteer Fellows now serve many Fisher Houses throughout the United States.  The ICD is honored to be able to help the families of those soldiers and veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country.

HOW THE FISHER HOUSE PROJECT WORKS

1. Volunteer Rosters

ICD USA Section Fellows who volunteer their services for a specific Fisher House location are placed on a list that is kept by the local ICD Point of Contact (POC) and/or Deputy Regent. The list will show each dentist’s contact information and the type of service that can be provided. The Section Office will share contact information updates with the POCs / Deputy Regents, and vice versa. ICD Deputy Regents are responsible for providing each Fisher House location with contact information for the local POC and Deputy Regent.

2. Scope of Care

Treatments may include general dentistry, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, as well as other specialties.  The House manager and the patients will be informed that the goal is to keep the patients comfortable until such time that they can return to their regular dental health care provider. Treatments, limited to emergency procedures and palliative care, are provided at no charge.

3. Setting Up Appointments

When a need arises, the House Manager will provide contact information of the POC and/or Deputy Regent, along with a Residency Confirmation Form. Either the family member or ICD POC will call to request an appointment and identify the patient as a Fisher House family member. It is important to ensure that the staff is aware that the dentist signed up for this free program. The volunteer dentist will schedule the appropriate appointment and provide the necessary emergency service as soon as possible.

4. Reporting Volunteer Services

After the volunteer dentist completes the emergency or palliative care for the family member, he will fill out the Procedure Report Form and forward it by email or fax within 30 days to the Section Office so the volunteer’s participation can be recorded.


HOW TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE PROJECT

If you are a Fellow of the ICD and you know that there is a Fisher House in your geographic area, simply contact your state’s Deputy Regent and let them know that you would like to be added to the list of those serving that particular Fisher House.  Your Deputy Regent will inform the Fisher House director and add your name to their call list.

To find the Fisher House in your area visit: http://www.fisherhouse.org/programs/houses

Any further questions can be addressed to the ICD Fisher House contact, Dr. Gerald R. Karr at grkddsms@gmail.com or

(931) 801-8651 Central Time.


FISHER HOUSE LOCATIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Current Houses and Houses under construction can be found at: http://www.fisherhouse.org/programs/houses