Tuesday, August 26, 2008

So ... what would you like to see in our magazines?

As editors, we often get so boxed in to what we think we know that you want to read, that sometimes we miss what you REALLY want to see and read. So what is it that we could run in Dental Economics, Dental Office, or Proofs that would be of interest to you? I'm sure that Mark Hartley and RDH would be interested to hear your thoughts as well.

Drop us a line on the PennWell community site and let us, the editors, know what we're doing right and what we're doing wrong. We're all ears.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

We still need your help with the 2008 practice survey!

Just a reminder that we're still gathering data for the 2008 Practice Survey, a joint effort of Dental Economics and Levin Group. We need your help building the survey, so please take a few moments and fill it out for us.

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It's always amazing how much information we gather from these surveys, and how many practices around the country use this as a barometer (good or bad) for their own practice. This is a chance for you to help your colleagues analyze their own practice.

Thanks in advance for your help. If you have any questions, just ask!

Monday, March 31, 2008

What are you waiting for?

I always encourage dental hygienists from all over the country to put in an application for the Sunstar/RDH magazine Award of Distinction. So often, I hear hygienists say that they can't possibly apply for the award. Their excuses are just not good enough.

There are hygienists all over the country who are on fire about the dental hygiene profession. They are dedicated to helping people improve their lives through improved oral health. Sunstar is ready to treat eight more dental hygienists royally at this year's RDH Under One Roof conference. Are you ready for an experience of a lifetime?

If you have a passion for your profession, take the time to put your feelings down on paper and send your application in before March 31. If you've submitted before, dust off your old application, update your answers and let the folks at Sunstar and RDH know how passionate you are about our profession. Remember, you can't be honored if you don't apply!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Reports from inside the GWCC

By Kevin Henry, editor, Proofs

Interview with John Bettencourt, vice president of marketing for Patterson Dental.

"Our booth had quite a bit of water damage as well as a large amount of soot. We did have some severe damage to our technology. Our technology will be brought back to our technology center to see what can be salvaged. It's hard to tell right now about our booth structure. Until the swelling on the booth goes down, we don't know what we'll be able to utilize and what we can't.

"We definitely will salvage what we can. We'll be meeting on Thursday to look at our options, and see what we need to do for the California meeting. We have some other regional setups we can use, and if we combine that with some rentals, we'll be OK for Anaheim.

"Leads were processed at our booth and nothing was lost in that respect.

"Honestly, we were looking at a new booth overall. Certainly this isn't the way you want to move along the project, but we will move forward. There's nothing we can do about what happened. We'll chalk it up and move our plans forward."

By Penny Anderson, senior editor, Dental Economics

Kathy Taylor is the director of trade shows and special events with Zila Pharmaceuticals. At 12 noon today, she and other exhibitors were allowed back into the exhibit hall at the Georgia World Congress Center.

“At first, it didn’t look that bad.” said Taylor. “The holes had been temporarily patched and the carpet rolled up. But as you continued in, you became aware of just how devastating it was, and while some areas and booths were not structurally damaged, others had a lot of damage.”

Taylor said the worst damage was on the right side of the aisle where the higher-numbered booths were. “The biggest hole in the roof was right above the Patterson booth, and that booth sustained a lot of damage. The wind came through the wall on the back and blew over the lightweight pop-up booths.

“We had two booths. The one in the 700 aisles was not damaged. The booth in the 1700 aisle was covered with dirt and debris, but it has been determined to be structurally sound. Many booth had a lot of water damage as well as dirt and debris.”

“There were a lot of labor people lined up to file into the arena as we did when the exhibit hall opened, and everybody went right to work to clean things up. We had planned to retire one of our booth for the year after this meeting, so that was good. The other booth will be wiped down and cleaned up and sent on to the California Dental Meeting, our next show.”

From John T. O'Brien III, Southeast Regional Sales Manager, A-dec Corp.

A-dec survived this disaster with minimal damage. As the result of the outstanding efforts of our corporate exhibit team (Bill Staser and Linda Turnidge) and the local A-dec Territory Managers (Clint Campbell, Perry Greenway, Chad Mohon and Mark Pontarelli), we were able to finishing packing our booth by 5:30PM EST yesterday (Wednesday, March 18). The transportation trucks departed with our booth at 10:00AM this morning (Thursday March 19). This was very important as a strong storm with heavy winds and rain are expected today in the metro Atlanta area.

There was significant damage to the back wall of the Georgia World Congress Center in the concession area as well as several large holes in the ceiling. The Patterson booth took a heavy hit and several other exhibits were water damaged. The water main break that was widely shown on television was actually in Exhibit Hall C while the Hinman Meeting Exhibits were located in Hall A.

It is A-dec policy to not leave our leads or sales bags in the booth overnight. As a result, we are not concerned about lost information as it pertains to sales.

This was a devastating storm and one that nobody will soon forget. We are confident that the 2009 Hinman Dental Meeting will be bigger than ever. We believe this because of the fortitude of the Hinman management and staff, it’s manufacturing partners and the dental community it serves.

GWCC to let exhibitors back in .. and attendee refund information

From www.hinman.org

We have received notice from the Georgia World Congress Center that it is now safe to re-enter the Exhibit Hall. You may begin entering the hall on Tuesday, March 18 at 12:00 noon ET. Aisle carpet will have already been removed at this point in time and your empty storage containers will be returned to your booth beginning at 12 noon on March 18th. We have scheduled access for the hall on Tuesday (3/18) from
12 noon-10:00 p.m. The hall will be open on Wednesday (3/19) and Thursday (3/20) from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Please visit the Shepard website for the dismantling notice regarding move out procedures and how to access the hall. There will be security guards there to check you in. Please bring your name badge and photo identification. There will be no access through the Main Entrance.

If you are assigning authority to another individual or organization (other than Shepard), we need that from you, in writing, via email (cdardich@hinman.org).

Thank you for working with us in this challenging situation.

Also coming from the Hinman folks, news that refunds will be given on tickets for Saturday hands-on courses. The refunds will be given to ticket-holders in the manner the ticket (credit card, etc.) was bought within six weeks.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Stunned on Saturday in Atlanta

By Ted Anibal, assistant editor, Dental Economics

Jennifer M. Riggs is the Front Desk Coordinator for the Peachtree Smile Center located at 2045 Peachtree Road in Atlanta. She was scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. Continuing Education course on Saturday at the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting held at the Georgia World Congress Center downtown. Riggs had not listened to news broadcasts that morning nor heard any warning sirens when the tornado hit on Friday night. She discovered the devastation firsthand as she approached the downtown area and was repeatedly detoured by police barricades. Riggs never made it to the GWCC, and became very concerned about her office and the safety of her co-workers. As she was attempting to navigate the downtown streets strewn with broken glass and debris, a friend called Riggs’ cell phone to check on her safety. At that point, Riggs pulled into a church parking lot near the State Capitol and wept as she was finally overcome by the extent and severity of the tornado damage. Riggs reported that she made it out of the downtown area safely and confirmed that her office and co-workers were safe. This morning (Monday, March 17), Riggs was on the job fielding phone calls from patients who sustained injuries or damage to their homes and must reschedule their dental appointments.

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down …

Map is courtesy of www.centennialpark.com

By Penny E. Anderson
Senior Editor
Dental Economics

Del Webb, DDS, a noted speaker on dental insurance and former columnist for DE, survived some harrowing moments at the Hinman Dental Meeting when an uninvited guest — a tornado — showed up.

Dr. Webb arrived at the Hinman Wednesday night and spoke Thursday and Friday on insurance coding and fee management. After his last lecture, he went out to dinner with his host from the Hinman, and then returned to his hotel, the Omni Hotel on top of the CNN Center in the middle of downtown Atlanta.

“I was in Room 1538, recalls Dr. Webb, “in a corner room with a veranda and a sliding glass door. It was about 9 p.m. when I got back to my room. I turned on the TV, sat on the edge of one of the beds, and watched the SEC Conference basketball tournament. As I was watching the game, a crawl came across the screen from the National Weather Service, announcing a tornado warning for Fulton County. I knew that was Atlanta.

“I opened up my sliding glass door and it looked like conditions were ripe for a tornado. I had lived in Dallas before, so I knew about tornadic conditions. Below, I could see the police were out in force and about a dozen motorcyles were lined up . . . a few moments later, all those motorcycles were tipped over by the high winds. I left the sliding glass door open and opened the door to my room because I knew that was the best things to do.

“About 9:42, the wind started whipping through the room, and I knew that was a bad sign. We found out later that the winds during that period were at 135 mph. But then, just as suddenly, the wind stopped and I knew that was a worse sign.

There were two beds in the room and I was on the bed furthest from the bathroom, and I knew the bathroom would be the best place to be. So, I started heading for the bathroom. I got to the side of the second bed, and something just told me to 'get down now.' I tried to get under the floor of the bed closest to the bathroom, but I just couldn't get my body all the way under it.

“The next thing I knew, what I thought was a picture off the wall hit me on the back of the head and I was trapped. I tried to push the picture off my head and shoulders, but I couldn't lift it. I could see lights coming from outside the door of my room and into the hallway.

“I started slowly crawling, trying to pull myself out from under the picture frame. I finally was able to stand up and when I did, I saw that what I had assumed was a picture frame was an entire wall in one sheet, including the wood support and frame. I realized I had no serious injuries and was so grateful when I saw what had fallen on top of me.

“As they went by my room, people would ask if I was OK and I told them I was. Some even took pictures of my room. Everyone was polite and trying to be helpful.

About 40 minutes later, some firemen came into the room and one of them said, You're out of here, boy!” I started to reach for my bags and he said, “You're out of here; the bags stay.” The firemen walked me down 15 floors of stairs to the ballroom downstairs. They had us stay in the ballroom about three hours. The wife of one of the doctors who was attending the meeting was picking glass out of her feet as a result of the high winds blowing out the glass in the windows into their room. She had no shoes on.

“About 1:30 a.m., they told us we could go back to our rooms and get our stuff. I wasn't scheduled to leave Atlanta until the next morning, so I didn't know what else to do but stay in my room in the condition it was it. But another doctor just down the hall came in to my room to tell me he and his wife were leaving right then and that their room was untouched and I was more than welcome to use it.

“When I went down to the room, the doctor’s wife said even though there were two beds in the room, they had only slept in one, so one had clean sheets on it. Clean sheets were the last thing I was worried about at that point, but I thought that was really nice of her.

“The hotel sent up someone to check on me, make sure I didn’t need medical attention or anything else. Although the wall fell on my head, thankfully there were no injuries.

“At 6 a.m. the next morning, I got into a car to take me to the airport and I had an uneventful flight home. For that, I was most grateful.”

And how has this experience left Dr. Webb? He smiles and says, “When you know that no one was seriously injured, it makes the whole thing a fun adventure.”

These dentists are tough in the eye of danger!