Patterson Companies names Mark Walchirk as president, CEO
Patterson Companies Inc (St. Paul, MN) named Mark Walchirk as president and CEO, effective November 20, 2017. He will succeed James Wiltz, who will continue to serve as interim president and CEO until that time and will remain on the Patterson board following the transition. Walchirk most recently served as president of U.S. Pharmaceutical for McKesson.

Air Techniques donates to the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine
Air Techniques Inc (Melville, NY) donated several boxes of its Monarch brand of Hand Sanitizer to the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine. Monarch, Air Techniques’ brand of infection prevention products includes surface disinfectants and cleaners, instrument cleaners, skin and hands, and equipment cleaners. The supply of Monarch hand sanitizers was shipped to the university per the request of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Corporate Council. “We are glad to help those recovering from the devastating effects of the recent hurricane,” said Nicole Miller, Air Techniques Product Manager of Hygiene. “Air Techniques is committed to playing an active role within the dental community.”

ADA Foundation taps new executive director
The ADA Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Dental Association (Chicago, IL), named Nick Falco as its new executive director. Falco most recently was CFO and business executive of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Henry Schein donates more than $18,000 in dental supplies to Growing Smiles Foundation
Henry Schein Inc (Melville, NY) donated more than $18,000 in dental supplies and equipment to the Growing Smiles Foundation in support of its recent annual mission to provide comprehensive oral health treatment to underserved children living in Peru. As part of the donation, Henry Schein provided the Growing Smiles Foundation with a range of supplies including gloves, restorative materials, dental handpieces, and other instruments.

The Growing Smiles Foundation team consisted of two pediatric dentists, a periodontist, three pediatric dental residents, a dental hygienist, and 17 dental students from Temple University’s Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (TUKSoD). The team treated approximately 220 patients, 190 of which were children who attend the Jose Maria Arguedas Elementary School in the city of Chorrillos.

The team, in partnership with the local dental school in Lima, the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (UPC), administered more than 140 cleanings and fluoride treatments, over 100 restorative treatments, over 450 sealants, and performed dozens of extractions and other minor operations when necessary. Faculty and students from UPC visit the school three to four times a week during the school year to provide oral health education and preventive dental services, and refer patients to their dental school for follow-up care.

“Henry Schein has been an incredible partner to the Growing Smiles Foundation and we are extremely grateful for this generous donation,” said Dr. Bari Levine, MPH, Founder of the Growing Smiles Foundation and TUKSoD graduate. “Henry Schein’s support helps foster a generation of dental students who understand the beauty of offering one’s skills and expertise to help the underserved. Also, Henry Schein’s support allows us to focus on patient care and improving the lives of patients who may not be able to access quality dental care. We look forward to continuing to join with Henry Schein in their mission to ‘help health happen.'”

Oral Health America receives $50,000 challenge grant from Ivoclar Vivadent
Oral Health America (OHA) has received a $50,000 challenge grant from Ivoclar Vivadent in support of its Older Adults campaign, Leading by Living, according to a release.

With one out of every four 65-year-old expected to live past age 90, education about self-care and aging in place (remaining in one’s home) is of utmost importance. Older adults educate those around them just by being; this campaign seeks to explore that role and those relationships while teaching the importance of oral health to overall health.

“We are grateful for Ivoclar Vivadent’s continued support to Oral Health America,” said Beth Truett, President & CEO of Oral Health America. “Thanks to their commitment to older adults and their caregivers through Leading by Living as well as OHA’s Wisdom Tooth Project®, we are fulfilling our mission of elevating health literacy for older Americans through our website, our Tooth Wisdom®: Get Smart About Your Mouth community workshops and through community demonstration projects, to which Ivoclar has been committed for more than seven years.”

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