We received this flowers from a patient at our Elite Dental office in Philadelphia, who wrote, “Because you made me smile last week, I wanted to make you smile this week.”
We were pleased to be featured in story by the Palmetto Business Daily about our offices in South Carolina.
The story highlighted our service to low-income residents in the state.
“We are committed to bringing much-needed medical and dental services to all residents of South Carolina,” Michael Peters, chief operating partner of KOS services, which manages the business operations for Dental Dreams, told Palmetto Business Daily. “There is an extreme shortage of dental service providers for low-income residents in South Carolina and across the country.”
Dental Dreams, operating as Family Dental, operates three locations in the state — Rock Hill, Greenville and Columbia.
Peters noted that South Carolina is welcoming to businesses and the company is looking to expand in the state.
Read the entire story here.
Our executives continue to be quoted in dental news sources.
Recently, Dental Health Wire Reports tapped into the expertise of Peter Stathakis, chief financial officer of Kos Services, the administrative arm of Dental Dreams, which has offices in 11 states, including 18 offices in Illinois.
The story focused on Illinois’ new streamlining process for accessing Medicaid services. Illinois has created a new IMPACT information system for Facility/Agency/Organizations (FAOs).
Stathakis said it is working well, for the most part.
“The actual enrollment process is quite simple,” Stathakis said. “(It) has already saved significant time for our staff.” IMPACT is especially beneficial to dental services with multiple locations, such as Dental Dreams. “The IMPACT system allows us to save all of our locations in the program and associate them with the click of a button for new providers. That option alone saves us time and key-entry errors. This was a big problem in years past with the paper applications.”
We are always in favor of better information services that allow us to serve our patients better.
Several weeks ago, our Reading, PA office welcomed the 4th graders of Millmont Elementary School for a tour to help promote good oral hygiene. Here is an account of the visit:
The day started with our mascot, Timmy The Tooth, welcoming all the children. We then divided the children into groups, where we went over what a typical trip to the dentist for a check up entails. We went over the importance of proper brushing and flossing techniques and advised the effects of poor dental hygiene — and what went into composite/amalgam fillings, root canals, crowns, partial, and full dentures. The children were shown the sterilization area along with our lab and what happens in each area.
The children were then provided a healthy snack that consisted of apples, carrots, string cheese, and milk. The trip ended in our play area with a educational movie about the importance of good oral hygiene. Overall, the trip was a great way to educate our younger community that going to the dentist is not only important, but essential in maintaining a strong, healthy body. Two weeks later, we received 100 thank you cards from each child who came to visit us here at Dental Dreams. After speaking with the school, they assured me that they will be setting up field trips with us in the upcoming school year.
We are always glad to work with our communities and particularly our young people.
Our president Dr Sameera Hussain was quoted recently in Illinois Business Daily discussing Illinois’ decision to restore dental coverage to adults via Medicaid.
She noted the move not only helped many citizens in need, it also was prudent financially.
“I give Illinois and other states that have recently extended Medicaid coverage to adults (in addition to children) a great deal of credit for not only addressing an essential health need for everyone regardless of age or income level but for also enacting policy that is financially sound,” Hussain said.
She explained further:
Hussain, whose dental practice is comprised of more than 250 dentists in 65 Dental Dreams offices across 11 states, said that people who go to emergency rooms for dental problems often lose teeth that could have been saved with regular dental visits, and the cost of treating a patient in an emergency room rather than in a dental office is 60-70 percent greater for the state of Illinois.
Dental Dreams is pleased to be part of the solution. The trend across the country is to treat dental care as essential and we wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment.