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Jeffrey P. Feingold, D.D.S., M.S.D., was an honoree at the 45th Anniversary Gala for the School of Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Dr. Feingold, President and Chief Executive Officer of MCNA Dental, the largest privately held dental insurance company in America, joined over 600 students, faculty, alumni, and community and business leaders at the Gala on May 8, 2015, to receive his honor and pay tribute to the school's legacy. The evening also celebrated progress into the future with the dedication of the new Center for Oral Health Care and Research planned for later this year.
Dr. Feingold is an ardent supporter of the School of Dentistry and the new facility, which will usher in a new era of educational excellence and research. The partnership extends to include MCNA Dental. "I am proud of the bond my company and all employees have built with the school. Together we have already achieved significant improvement in the utilization of key preventive dental services across Texas," said Dr. Feingold. "We will continue to benefit the oral health of the children of Texas and in so doing, help them achieve better overall health as they develop into the future leaders of this great state."
According to Dr. Feingold, "Education and research will drive the advancement of our profession. I have dedicated my life to dentistry and I see that same passion in the faculty and students at the UT Health Science Center School of Dentistry - this South Texas institution, with its rich history of care and service to the vulnerable populations unique to this region, is poised to become the epicenter of that advancement."
Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the Honorable Rick Perry, contributing to a special video presentation for the evening's honorees, stated their support for Dr. Feingold's achievements and his dedication to education and quality oral health care for all. "I applaud Dr. Feingold for his commitment to the advancement of dentistry and for his true passion: ensuring the children of Texas have access to the dental care they deserve," said Governor Abbott.
"Dr. Feingold is dedicated to serving vulnerable populations, especially the children of Texas," said the Honorable Rick Perry. "That's why he has been such a generous donor to the UT Health Science Center...he has invested in building UT Dentistry's new game-changing, state-of-the-art facility that will advance dental education and clinical care for generations to come."
In 2014, Dr. Feingold and his wife Barbara made a transformational gift of $250,000 toward the construction of the Center for Oral Health Care and Research. The school has named the primary public entrance the Dr. Jeffrey P. and Barbara S. Feingold Atrium and will further commemorate their gift by permanently displaying a plaque and portrait of the couple in the building. Dr. Feingold also serves as a member of the Development Board of the UTHSCSA.
MCNA Dental celebrated February as National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) by holding a children's poster contest for all members. MCNA members were invited to draw a poster depicting good oral hygiene habits at home and the importance of visiting the dentist. The purpose of the contest was to increase children's awareness of oral health by encouraging them to creatively share how they take care of their teeth and gums every day.
We are proud to announce that the top three winning posters submitted by members in Texas, Florida, and Louisiana have been selected. Each of the members who sent in a winning entry was awarded a prize, and the three winning posters have been displayed on MCNA Dental's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MCNADental.
"The Quality Improvement Program continually seeks new ways to reach children and enhance their understanding of why good oral health matters in their daily lives," said Oteasa Townsend-Hardy, Director of Quality Improvement and Risk Management. "We are thankful for the energy and creativity evident in all entries received during our NCDHM Poster Contest, and we look forward to engaging more members in the future with events like this one."
MCNA Dental became a proud partner of Broadmoor Elementary School to support increased oral health awareness and education for students, and to promote literacy. This new partnership was kicked off on May 14, 2015, when MCNA Dental's outreach specialists visited with 100 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students to teach them about good oral health and demonstrate proper oral hygiene habits. Samantha Feingold-Criss, Vice President of External Affairs and Deputy Legal Counsel, then treated the children to a special story time where she read MCNA Dental's first-ever children's book, Itty Bitty Baby Teeth.
Principal Dr. Omar Riaz welcomed Enid Weisman, the mayor of Aventura, and Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, Miami-Dade County School Board Member for District 2 overseeing Broadmoor Elementary. Their special appearance underscored the importance of MCNA Dental's outreach at the school. "It was a home run when MCNA visited Broadmoor Elementary School!The students got vital information about the importance of proper dental hygiene, books were donated to the classes, and MCNA became the school's Dade Partner," said Mayor Weisman. "MCNA truly understands the importance of corporate partnerships to public education. Kudos to them."
According to Mrs. Feingold-Criss, "The spirit of giving back is an intrinsic part of MCNA Dental's corporate culture. Partnerships like the one we have formed with Broadmoor Elementary are priceless opportunities that allow us to channel that spirit into outreach that helps the most vulnerable children in our communities achieve better oral and overall health."
MCNA Dental donated 100 books to the Broadmoor Elementary school library as well as $500 toward student supplies. Outreach specialists also provided each child with a backpack full of giveaways including a dental kit, a water bottle, a copy of Itty Bitty Baby Teeth, and another children's book. All books and funds given to the school were made possible by MCNA Dental's Inaugural Book Drive, in which MCNA's employees donated over 7,500 books and raised over $1,000 in celebration of May as Get Caught Reading Month. The company contributed additional funds and provided a match of $1 for every book and $1 for each dollar raised to bring the total funds available for outreach visits to schools in Texas, Florida, and Louisiana to over $10,000.
MCNA is pleased to welcome Jack S. Greenman, MBA, CPA, into several key leadership roles within our organization. Mr. Greenman has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Managed Care of North America, Inc. He has also been appointed to the Board of Directors of MCNA Insurance Company based in San Antonio, Texas. He will serve as the chairman of the audit committee of each board.
Mr. Greenman is a senior healthcare financial executive with over 30 years of experience that includes management and oversight of state regulatory compliance and high-level financial operations.
"I am delighted to join the MCNA Boards of Directors and hope my experience in the field of managed care will be a valuable contribution to the company's growth. MCNA's commitment to providing quality dental care to its members and service excellence to its providers and plan partners is a testament to abilities of the management team and family of employees," said Mr. Greenman. "The company's model of managed dental health care and its exemplary execution of daily operations provides value to all of its constituents."
"We are confident in Mr. Greenman's dedication to quality results and look forward to benefitting from his expertise in healthcare finance," said Dr. Jeffrey Feingold, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "His service on our Boards of Directors will contribute to the strength of our team by adding a new dimension of insight as we grow to provide access to oral health care for more children in other states."
Mr. Greenman is the Chief Financial Officer of Univita Healthcare, Inc. Before entering his current position, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Scott Holdings, LLC. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Florida Healthplan Administrators, LLC, a healthcare management entity that owned and managed Vista Healthplans. Mr. Greenman's experience also includes senior executive financial leadership positions with Cybear, Inc., FPA Medical Management, Inc., and Sterling Healthcare Group, Inc.
MCNA Dental's Community Outreach team worked with a total of 346 children to assist them in learning about good oral health and the way nutrition affects the teeth and gums during events in Metairie and Paulina, Louisiana. Our team first visited Causeway Head Start in Metairie on May 6, 2015, where they met with children aged 3 - 5 years old. Community outreach specialists played interactive games and completed educational demonstrations teaching children how to brush and floss their teeth. All children received dental kits and oral health flyers to take home to their parents.
At the Louisiana Body Walk in Paulina, Louisiana, students in kindergarten through fifth grade classes walked through a 35 by 45-foot enclosed exhibit of the human body. The display was featured on May 7, 2015, at St. Peter Chanel Interparochial Elementary School. Our team greeted children at the "mouth" and asked them questions about oral health and good nutrition. Children were also encouraged to practice the correct method for flossing on oversized teeth. MCNA Dental provided dental kits, water bottles, and oral health educational flyers for all participants to take home in addition to the Body Walk activity book.
The Body Walk is one part of the Smart Bodies Program, which teaches children about the importance of good nutrition and being physically active so they can make informed choices for a healthy lifestyle. For more information, please visit the Smart Bodies website at http://www.smartbodies.org/site.
MCNA is proud to introduce our Care Connections Team, a new way for our network dentists to reach out to our members. The Care Connections Team is made up of skilled outreach specialists who are equipped to complete outbound calls to members who are overdue for a regular dental checkup according to the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) periodicity schedule. MCNA continues its tradition of provider-friendly services with the establishment of this specialized outreach team. The Care Connections Team is the latest in our ongoing development of tools and resources designed to ease the administrative burden of our network providers.
"Our Care Connections Team allows our providers to rely on MCNA for help in reminding and encouraging members to seek the important preventive dental care that is key to their good oral health," said Shannon Boggs-Turner, Vice President of Operations. "We identified a need in our community of providers and responded with this service to take on the responsibility of personally contacting each member identified in an effort to increase the number of children receiving preventive dental care."
Each call MCNA's Care Connections Team makes serves as a reminder that is it time for a checkup with the dentist and provides the member with education about preventive dental services. The interaction also includes encouragement to make an appointment with the dentist immediately with an offer of scheduling assistance. All network providers are welcome to contact MCNA's Provider Hotline to find out more about this service.