PUBLISHED: 4:56 PM on Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Dentist returns to SEARHC after pediatric training
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium announces Dr. Kim N. Hort, D.M.D., has returned to the dental staff at the SEARHC Juneau Medical Center after completing specialized training in pediatric dentistry.

Dr. Hort originally was hired in August 2000, as a general dentist at the SEARHC Juneau Medical Center, but she took a leave of absence in May 2005, so she could complete a residency in pediatric dentistry at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

  Dr. Kim N. Hort
The residency program is administered by Lutheran Medical Center of Brooklyn, N.Y. Dr. Hort recently finished the program and she returned to Juneau earlier this month.

Dr. Hort earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Albright College of Reading, Pa. Dr. Hort is a Candidate to earn board certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

She already has passed the written qualifying exam, and she's scheduled to take the the oral clinical examination that completes the application in March 2008.

When she passes the oral exam, she will be granted Diplomate status by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

"I am excited to be rejoining the caring and vibrant SEARHC family in my new role," Dr. Hort said.

"The pediatric dental program has been growing stronger each year. We have a commitment toward the prevention of childhood caries (tooth decay) and hope that as a community we can work together to raise cavity-free kids."

"SEARHC is extremely please to have Dr. Hort back, and we see her arrival as a huge step forward in improving access to dental care for children in Southeast Alaska," said Dr. Tom Bornstein, DDS, SEARHC Director of Dental Services.

In her new role, Dr. Hort will be SEARHC's first permanent pediatric dentist based in Juneau.

Dr. Hort will provide pediatric dental services for children younger than 18 years old who are enrolled in the State of Alaska's Denali KidCare program and Medicaid.

Denali KidCare is a state program that provides health insurance and access to health care for Alaska resident children younger than 18 of working and non-working parents, and for expecting mothers who meet income guidelines.

SEARHC partners with the Denali KidCare program to provide pediatric dental services around the region.

For more information about the Denali KidCare program and its eligibility requirements, contact the SEARHC Juneau Medical Center Dental Clinic at 463-4041 or go to the Denali KidCare Web site at