The American Association of Dental Office Management (AADOM) has recognized Ethan McConnell with its seventh annual Green Leader Award. McConnell, vice president of All Kids Pediatric Dentistry in Charlotte, North Carolina, received the award at the recent 2019 AADOM Conference in Orlando.
Made possible by a grant from the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, AADOM created the award as part of its Green Leader Initiative, which aims to empower practice managers to reduce their practices’ environmental footprint and lead their teams in becoming part of dentistry’s green future.
“I am thankful to both AADOM and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation for this wonderful award that recognizes the importance of sustainability within dental practices,” said McConnell.
“Our main office has invested in solar panels, thereby reducing the practice’s carbon footprint and reducing costs for electricity, and it is so important for leaders to encourage these changes in order to continue to make a difference,” McConnell said.
McConnell was selected for his initiative and commitment to adopting green practices in his dental office, specifically his implementation of digital charts, low-radiation digital x-rays, and latex-free products.
All Kids Pediatric Dentistry also exceeds ADA and Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards for a clean and safe dental practice by using nontoxic cleaning products to disinfect and sterilize its treatment rooms and dental equipment.
“We are so grateful for the Henry Schein Cares Foundation and its continued support of this initiative to recognize our members and their efforts to create more environmentally friendly practices,” said Heather Colicchio, founder and president of AADOM.
“It is important to us at AADOM to highlight the members who exemplify ecofriendly practices in their dental office, and we are so happy to present Mr. McConnell with the Green Leader Award,” Colicchio said.
“The Henry Schein Cares Foundation is pleased to join with AADOM to present Mr. McConnell with the seventh annual Green Leader Award,” said Jennifer Kim Field, executive director of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.
“At Henry Schein, we too encourage sustainable practices, because a healthy environment means a healthier community. We hope this award inspires Mr. McConnell’s colleagues to follow his example,” said Field.