Talk about taking the core values of the wall and living them! A group of dedicated ForwardDental team members joined the Milwaukee River Keepers Clean Up project on April 24, 2021. Led by the committee chair, Dr. Hannah Bonikowske, who practices full-time at the ForwardDental West Allis practice, this team committed to give back to their community by cleaning up the debris that collects in and around our beautiful rivers. Great job! #mrkcleanup26
Join the ForwardDental recruitment team to learn more about a career as a dental assistant, our paid on the job training program and meet privately (in a virtual meeting room) with a hiring manager!
ForwardDental is an ADA CERP recognized provider. We are pleased to offer complimentary continuing education to our providers and the community.
The Hygiene Development team at ForwardDental hosted a session to assist Milwaukee Area Technical College dental hygiene students prepare for their written boards. In addition to in person Q&A opportunities, the participants leave with a code to access Board Vitals to continue preparation on-line. ForwardDental is pleased to welcome these future hygienists to the profession and dental community!
Mentoring new dentists takes on many forms; some of the mentoring takes place chairside, but some of it takes place inthe form of networking with other dentists. At the annual ForwardDental New Dentist Retreat, dentists new to the group had an opportunity to connect with seasoned professionals to discuss the organizational structure, dental operations, clinical development opportunities, committee involvement and so much more! The 2021 New Dentist Retreat looked a little different than previous years due to social distancing guidelines, but the dentists still had ample opportunity to network and received a great welcome gift!
Dr. Hana Alberti completed the ADA Diversity in Leadership program in December 2020. The ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership is designed to enhance the leadership skills of dentists who belong to racial, ethnic, and/or gender backgrounds that have traditionally been underrepresented in leadership roles.
ForwardDental is one of the first dental organizations to publicly report oral health measures in the nation! This is a huge first step in increasing transparency and improving the quality of dental care in our region through collaboration, measurement and public reporting. Special thanks to Dr. Jesley Ruff who noted, “This endeavor gave us the opportunity to collaborate with peers to improve oral health by publicly reporting information that is meaningful to clinical teams with a mission of better informing and benefiting the overall health of people living in communities we are privileged to serve.”
To learn more view the press release from the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality.
Additional reports can be found here.
Giving our time to provide care to children at an event such as TeamSmile is an example of one of our ForwardDental core values of social responsibility. Dr. Lentz, my team assistant Marci, and I spent a day providing quality preventative services and restorations to many children creating a positive impact on these children and their families. It was a mutually rewarding experience for us as well!” Dr. Hana Alberti describes her experiences volunteering for TeamSmile on July 18, 2018. TeamSmile is an annual event in which Dental and Sports Professionals work together to provide free dental healthcare to children within our community. This year volunteers provided $62,625 in total care and education.
Learn more about the care provided by TeamSmile here: https://teamsmile.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/Milwaukee Brewers 2018.pdf
Pictured are: Dr. Hana Alberti, Dr. Melissa Lentz, and Marcilena Talavera, Dental Assistant
TeamSmile 2018 took place at the home of our Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI.
Contact: Mary Kay Grasmick, WCHQ 608-826-6854 email@example.com
Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality to Report Oral Health Quality Measures
ForwardDental first practice in state to join WCHQ and participate in quality improvement collaboratives and public reporting
MADISON (March 5, 2018) ——- The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ), an organization dedicated to helping health care professionals improve the quality and affordability of health care through collaboration and public reporting, announced they are preparing to report the first set of metrics specifically designed for oral health. WCHQ will be the first regional improvement collaborative in the country to collect and publicly report quality-related data from dentists.
ForwardDental is the first dental practice in the state to join WCHQ and will be the first to collect and report the new measures.
“WCHQ has shown empirically, observationally and anecdotally that ‘what gets measured and reported publicly, improves faster,’” according to WCHQ President/CEO Chris Queram. “We are pleased ForwardDental will be the first practice in the state to work with our team. It is an exciting first step to see dentists work with our organization and join physician practices and health systems to set a new standard of care in a state with a reputation for delivering some of the highest quality, safest care in the nation. ”
Queram said the new oral health initiative is consistent with WCHQ’s goal of leveraging its proven track record of accomplishment in health care clinics and hospitals to other settings of care consistent with a focus on the “whole person” and care coordination.
WCHQ’s goal is to align the oral health measures to specific processes that are common to all dental offices to benchmark performance, then to publicly report their progress on www.wchq.org. The new dental measures will focus on prevention, including, ensuring that new patients under the age of 18 have received a sealant, fluoride treatment, and have had a caries risk assessment
“Employers, insurers and physicians know good oral health care delivered on a regular schedule can prevent many downstream health care issues,” Queram said. “They will appreciate having access to data related to the quality of oral care being delivered to their employees, subscribers and patients.”
ForwardDental meets the rigorous requirements for accreditation by the American Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). With 33 practice locations, ForwardDental is one of the state’s largest dental groups.
Jesley Ruff, DDS, MPH, American Dental Partners senior vice president and chief professional officer, who will join WCHQ’s Quality Planning Committee, said their dental health professionals have been working together on quality improvement projects, but they were seeking an outside partner that could support and expand their quality improvement initiatives, while creating a state benchmark.
Robert Trettin, DDS, is president of ForwardDental.
“Oral health is inexplicitly tied to good overall health. We know poor dental hygiene is linked to an increase in chronic and acute diseases,” according to Trettin. “One way to ensure we are meeting our goal of delivering high-quality care to our patients is to partner with a well-established and experienced team of professionals who are experts in quality improvement, measurement and public reporting. We are extremely excited about this partnership.”
Established in 2003, the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality is a voluntary, non-profit consortium of organizations committed to publicly reporting comparative measures of performance to catalyze improvements in the quality and affordability of healthcare in our state.
With 33 dental practices across Wisconsin, ForwardDental is committed to providing affordable, high-quality oral health care services and excellent clinical care.