Dental Care Alliance-Affiliated Offices Collect More Than 4,000 Pounds of Candy for U.S. Troops
More than 50 dental offices collected candy after Halloween for military troops serving overseas.
SARASOTA, FL (December 5, 2016) – Thousands of troops serving overseas got a sweet surprise from Dental Care Alliance (DCA). More than 50 dental offices in the North East region of DCA collected 4,454 pounds of candy after Halloween to ship to the troops as part of Operation Gratitude.
Team members at Dental Care Alliance-affiliated offices in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia partnered with their patients and local community groups to collect the candy. Dental Solutions, Garden State Dental, Baystate Dental, Family Dental Group, Dental Associates of Northern Virginia and Gentle Dental were just some of the offices participating this year. Altogether, they’ve donated more than 12,000 pounds of candy since the offices began participating in the non-profit program in 2013.
In addition to providing American troops with a taste of home, the candy collection serves another purpose. It helps reduce the amount of candy being consumed by children in the days after Halloween. It’s a win-win-win. The children are happy to help the troops, their parents are happy to have the candy out of the house, and the troops are happy to receive the care packages.
Next year, Dental Care Alliance plans to expand their participation in the program to all 15 states that have DCA-affiliated practices.
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Founded in 1991, DCA is one of the largest multi-branded dental support organizations in the U.S. with more than 320 affiliated practices in 20 states. DCA-affiliated practices provide patients with a wide range of dental services including general dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, and periodontics. DCA provides dentists with clinical autonomy, career satisfaction, and growth opportunities by reducing day-to-day administrative responsibilities so they can focus on providing the best clinical care to each patient.
As a dentist that is actively engaged in entrepreneurship and leadership programs, I have seen many different businesses respond to this unprecedented crisis that we are all living through. DCA, thanks to its strong leadership, acted much more rapidly to COVID-19 than others and has continued to lead the way for affiliated offices more effectively than, in my opinion, any individual or group of dental practices.
Having a support center that is constantly evaluating the situation and guiding us how to respond and communicate to our teams has been key to navigating this crisis. I believe that, due to the immediate response and ongoing direction we are receiving from the support center, DCA offices will come out of this environment much stronger. From support on HR issues to working with clinical leadership to document the new PPE and infection control protocols that we will implement, the guidance from DCA has helped our office stay way ahead of the industry.
Additionally, knowing that the economic burdens that come with this type of event have been eased by DCA’s strong industry partnerships, breadth of knowledge and access to capital allow us to focus and respond as positively as possible to imminent situations, rather than react in ways that would not be beneficial for the long-term.