By Lt. Steve Zanini, Administrative Assistant/PIO
Folsom State Prison (FSP) celebrated the opening of a new section of its dental laboratory on Jan. 9.
The new section gives the lab the ability to manufacture metal frameworks for partial dentures. Currently, only the Prison Industry Authority dental lab in Chowchilla and the dental lab at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville have the capability to manufacture metal frameworks for partial dentures.
The FSP dental lab is one of seven projects in phase I of the Dental Improvement Plan and was funded through Assembly Bill 900. The project took about six months and was completed ahead of schedule.
Gary Sexton, Dental Lab Technician, credits Folsom’s former Chief Dental Officer, Dr. William Kuykendall, for planting the seed for the lab.
Ray Masbad, the Health Program Manager III of FSP’s dental program, organized the ribbon-cutting to showcase the addition. He said that he “couldn’t let this opportunity pass to publicly thank all the individuals and organizations that were involved in making this happen.”
Jon Copley, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), concurred, adding that the project was another example of what can be accomplished when organizations and departments work collaboratively toward a common goal.
Dr. Morton Rosenberg, the Associate Director for the Statewide Dental Program, said the new lab is a welcome addition and should provide opportunities to other institutions for their dental prosthetic needs.
While the Dental Program was successful in having the key components of the Perez v Brown litigation dismissed, the completion of the FSP Dental Lab renovation not only serves to honor CDCR’s obligation to complete critical dental construction but also demonstrates its continued commitment to improve facilities and access to much needed products/services.