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Henry Schein awards Henry Schein Cares Gold Medal to Community Dental Care
Henry Schein Inc (Melville, NY) announced that Community Dental Care (Maplewood, MN), a humanitarian organization, was awarded the gold medal in the Oral Health category of the second annual Henry Schein Cares Medal program. The program honors organizations that demonstrate excellence in expanding access to care for the underserved. Community Dental Care was recognized for its commitment to ensuring that everyone has equal access to high-quality dental care in a convenient, caring, and respectful environment. It fulfills this mission through clinical services, preventive oral health education programs, advocacy, and the training of dental, medical, and community health professionals.


Patterson announces leadership transition
Patterson Companies Inc announced that Scott P. Anderson, president, CEO, and chairman of the board, will step down from those roles effective immediately. He will continue to serve as a director until the 2017 annual meeting of shareholders, but will not stand for re-election to the board. James W. Wiltz, a current director and Patterson’s former CEO, will assume the role of interim president and CEO. John D. Buck, currently the company’s lead director, will assume the role of non-executive chairman of the board. The company’s board of directors has formed a search committee and retained Spencer Stuart to begin an immediate search for a permanent president and CEO.


Hu-Friedy launches company blog
Hu-Friedy (Chicago, IL) launched its company blog, with the goal of enhanced digital engagement with the dental community. The company believes that for dental professionals to perform at their best, they must have access to the best information. The Hu-Friedy Blog will focus on a broad array of topics including, instrumentation, infection prevention, implantology, and many more. The blog will also address issues such as social responsibility in dentistry, continuing education trends, and new ways for dental professionals to connect and collaborate via social media. A key component of Hu-Friedy’s blog will be to leverage its extensive network of key opinion leaders (KOLs). The company plans to feature a point-of-view from one of its 600+ KOLs on every blog post and is looking forward to comments and questions from blog readers and subscribers. Visit the blog at http://www.hu-friedy.com/blog


Great Expressions expands in Texas with Dallas and San Antonio affiliations
Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) (Southfield, MI) expanded its presence in Texas through an affiliation with eight Floss practices. With the addition of the eight Floss practices, GEDC’s footprint now spans 30 offices across the state, including locations in the Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Austin metropolitan areas. This partnership will help GEDC further strengthen the exceptional and convenient care it provides and develop future doctor leaders. GEDC provides comprehensive affordable dental services through a network featuring more than 900 dentists and hygienists, all under a single brand and operating philosophy. Terms of the affiliation were not disclosed.


Midmark begins plans to build technology center in Versailles
Midmark Corp (Dayton, OH) plans to construct a technology center on its Versailles, Ohio, campus to facilitate the company’s recent and future growth and strengthen its new product development process and technological capabilities. The company is currently in the initial phases of the project with the goal of breaking ground late this year or the beginning of 2018. The decision to expand in Versailles supports this strategy by locating its engineering, marketing, product management, communications, among other functions connected to new product development, into close proximity of each other in a new, state-of-the-art facility that is conducive to innovation. More detailed information about the project will be released at a later date.

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