Henry Schein Cares has awarded its third annual gold medal to Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care in Washington, DC. The Henry Schein Cares Medal program honors oral health, animal health, and medical organizations that demonstrate excellence in expanding care to the underserved.
Mary’s Center was recognized for its commitment to building better futures for its clients through the delivery of healthcare, education, and social services. It fulfills this mission by embracing culturally diverse communities and providing them with the highest quality of care regardless of ability to pay, with its dental program exemplifying these goals.
Beginning in 2010 in a converted storage room with five full-time employees, the dental program is now a fully integrated clinic with 55 full-time employees operating six days a week. Its team of general dentists, hygienists, and assistants provide a range of services including specialty care to children, adults, and the elderly who are underinsured or uninsured.
Patient education and prevention are key components of the program, and each patient’s care is staged in a customized treatment plan. This ensures that providers are focused on diagnosing and delivering care and that patients stay informed and engaged throughout their treatment cycle. The program is a key component of the Mary’s Center model of behavioral change.
“Since 1988, our work has been guided by a social change model driven by holistic, whole-patient care, and our dental program is a crucial factor in setting our clients on the path to healthier, happier lives,” said David Tatro, chief operating officer of Mary’s Center.
“The impacts that our fellow medalists have had on their communities has been incredible to learn about and have served to inspire our own work in meaningful ways. We thank Team Schein and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation for this award and for recognizing organizations like ours, and we look forward to expanding our impact with their support,” Tatro said.
The independent panel of judges also selected My Community Dental Centers of Boyne City, Michigan, as the silver medalist and Community Treatment of Festus, Missouri, as the bronze winner. Cash awards include $15,000 for gold, $10,000 for silver, and $5,000 for bronze. Each medalist also will receive $10,000 worth of products from Henry Schein.
“Mary’s Center’s commitment to incorporating the delivery of dental care into its patient-centric healthcare model pairs well with our company’s belief in the importance of oral health to overall health and is integral to its mission to help create stronger people, families, and communities,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman and CEO of Henry Schein.
“We are pleased to present Mary’s Center with the Henry Schein Cares Gold Medal in recognition of its unceasing devotion to the people it serves and for demonstrating the true power of collaboration, care, and compassion,” Bergman said.