The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust has given the New York-based Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T) a $40,000 grant that will make it possible for backstretch workers to have on-site dental services at Saratoga Race Course in 2008, it was announced March 1.
For the past three years, B.E.S.T. has operated a health clinic in the backstretch to help meet the medical needs of Saratoga’s backstretch community, but it has been difficult to locate accessible dental services. The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust grant makes it possible for B.E.S.T. to modify its existing medical clinic to offer annual cleanings and checkups by a staff of professionals who are bilingual.
Appointments with local dentists for more extensive surgical treatments will also be scheduled through the clinic. Dental services will be recorded in workers’ health files, enhancing the comprehensive healthcare management each person receives through B.E.S.T.’s programs.
“As the health and human services agency for backstretch workers, B.E.S.T. welcomes this opportunity to further meet the needs of the people who are devoted to caring for New York racing’s thoroughbreds,” read a release issued by the organization.
B.E.S.T.’s Saratoga dental clinic will be named in honor of Solomon.