National Dental Hygienist Week, April 9-15
Each year in April we recognize the contribution of dental hygienists and their focus on maintaining good oral health practices which impacts overall health.
There are more than 200,000 dental hygienists in the United States. In Kansas, there are more than 2,000 dental hygienists.
Dental hygienists provide oral care under a dentist’s supervision. They clean patients’ teeth and examine their mouths for signs of damage, gingivitis and other diseases. Hygienists teach patients how to maintain good oral health.
The education of dental hygienists typically includes prerequisite courses prior to obtaining either a dental hygiene certificate or associate degree, which is typically a three-year program. Dental hygienists may go on to obtain a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Dental Hygiene.
In Kansas, dental hygienists may obtain an Extended Care Permit (level one, two or three) which allows them to practice under indirect supervision in settings like schools or nursing homes.
Special thanks to HPC’s dental hygienist Christina Cook, RDH, ECP II. Christina also serves as our Dental Outreach Coordinator. She is a dedicated professional and always goes above and beyond for our patients!
National Administrative Professionals’ Day
National Administrative Professionals’ Day, also known as Secretaries Day or Admin Day, is observed on the Wednesday of the last full week of April each year. This year it is celebrated on Wednesday, April 26. It is a day to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists and other administrative support professionals.
Shoutout to Sandra Gonzalez, our administrative assistant, at HPC. Sandra supports all the Senior Leadership Team members in addition to coordinating meetings and schedules and assembles Board and Quality Improvement (QI) packets and takes notes for the Board of Directors, QI and Finance Committee monthly meetings and so much more!
We thank Sandra for all she does!