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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
ForwardDental along with the American Dental Partners Foundation has created an endowment with Madison Area Technical College to provide scholarship opportunities for their Dental Hygiene students. ForwardDental is proud to commit to the development of our future professionals. Pictured below with the hygiene students at MATC are Lindsey, Danielle and Brandi of ForwardDental presenting the check to fund the endowment.
Franklin’s 13th Annual National Night Out Kick-Off Celebration was held Monday, July 31, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Franklin Public Library. This kick-off celebration was held to draw support for the 34th Annual National Night Out celebrated nationwide on August 1, 2017.
Numerous fire, police, and other vehicles were on display in the Library parking lot. Officers were available to answer questions about crime prevention and the many other community-oriented policing programs offered by the Franklin Police Department. Free crime prevention and other safety materials were available. Area businesses had displays inside the Library including promotional materials and small handouts for children.
ForwardDental-Franklin is proud to have participated: Pictured from L-R: Tania Campechano Romero and Ashley Miner.
TeamSmile and the Milwaukee Brewers teamed up for the 8th year on July 13, 2017 to provide underserved children from our community with free oral health care and a one of a kind baseball experience! ForwardDental is proud to have had the following individuals volunteer: Dr. Maria Ramos, Dr. Melissa Lentz, Hygienists: Kim and Meighan; Dental Assistant: Chara and Practice Team Lead: Jennifer!
Running shoes? Check.
Golf clubs? Check.
Baseball hat? Check.
ForwardDental’s core value of Social Responsibility is more than just words on a poster – it’s a part of how they live, work, and play. Annual fund raising events keep their team members active while forming strong relationships with their community. Whether it’s sponsoring the 5k walk/run for Oral Cancer, swinging their clubs for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, or working at Miller Park with TeamSmile and the Milwaukee Brewers – they know how to balance work and play while making an impact.
Recently, however, their latest project has brought them away from the sporting equipment and back into the classroom. By partnering with The American Dental Partners Foundation and the Dental Hygiene program at Milwaukee Area Technical College, the group successfully established an endowment to fund scholarships for Dental Hygiene students. While coordinating the details for the new endowment program, it became clear that there were even more opportunities for the group to support graduating students by helping them transition into their career.
Hygiene students at MATC now have more resources to prepare for written board examinations, obtain CPR certification, and practice their patient service skills in a real life practice setting. ForwardDental has committed to providing each graduating hygiene student an opportunity to study for their written boards on-line using www.BoardVitals.com . As another resource for board preparation, Forward has purchased several dental deck study card sets for the MATC library, which can be checked out at the student’s convenience. In addition to passing the written boards, prospective Hygienists are required to have BLS CPR certification in order to obtain their professional license in Wisconsin. These courses typically range anywhere from $50 – $150, but with ForwardDental’s help, these courses are provided to students free of charge!
Beyond the classroom, Forward’s convenience hours for patients make their practices well suited to offer part-time employment opportunities. Providing patients with evening and weekend appointment times, these convenience hours work nicely into an academic schedule, and have allowed them to provide valuable opportunities for students to hone in on their skills in a real life clinical environment. By working with Pediatric Dentists, they learn about charting in a patient record, taking radiographs, and are able to utilize their polishing skills while earning money for school in the field they love.
Forward believes that in order to provide the best care to patients, they must start by hiring the best people. Their relationship with MATC represents their commitment to their patients, their community, and their professionals. Patients win by having hygienists that have been well trained and prepared for a successful career, the college wins by having more resources and opportunities to offer their students, and Forward wins by gaining valuable face time with the next generation of clinical professionals.
Now that’s what we call a win-win in any game!
International Fire Fighters Day is recognized each year on May 4th. To all Fire Fighters – thank you for your bravery and commitment. Your sacrifices and dedication are appreciated today and always.