Mainebiz Recognizes Business Leaders of the Year

One of the keys to Northeast Delta Dental‘s success is our commitment to continuous quality improvement. We sponsor many events, and one of our favorite types are those that recognize outstanding leaders in our region’s businesses and nonprofits. Such recognition shines a spotlight on those that use best practices to increase customer satisfaction, encourage their employees’ ingenuity, and invest in their communities.

Recently we were privileged to sponsor the Mainebiz 2021 Business Leaders of the Year virtual awards event. Each year Mainebiz holds a reception with special presentations to recognize outstanding performance and contributions by business leaders who set the standard of doing business in Maine.

These seven people were honored as Business Leaders of the Year: Large Company Business Leader, General Manager of Puritan Medical Products, Scott Wellman; Mid-Sized Company Business Leaders, President, Denis Landry, and CEO, Kevin French, of Landry/French Construction; Entrepreneur Business Leaders: Vice President of Product Development, Karen Getz, Vice President of Marketing, Steve Getz, and CEO, Michael Ross, of Maine Crisp Co.; and Nonprofit Leader: President and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory, Edison Liu. More information is available in the March 22 issue of Mainebiz and on the Mainebiz website.

Puritan Medical Products was designated an essential business by the Trump administration and received $140 million in federal funding. Scott Wellman facilitated the launch of its new factories to manufacture swabs used in COVID-19 testing. Scott worked with Cianbro to find and build out factory space in Pittsfield and with Bath Iron Works to produce the machinery needed in the two Pittsfield factories. Puritan Medical Products is in the process of hiring 800 employees, adding to a growing workforce at its main site in Guilford.

The Senior Account Manager at our Saco office, Cindy Locke, was asked to introduce Scott at the awards event. She accepted proudly because Puritan Medical Products is one of her group accounts. In response to her note of congratulations to Scott before the event, he had this to say about the value of dental insurance as an employee benefit- “As we try to achieve 800 new hires, it becomes more important to have excellent benefits to attract the best talent. Delta Dental has always been a great partner, and we look forward to continued growth.” 

Well done to all award recipients!

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Northeast Delta Dental Sponsors 12th Annual SouperFest

As the weather begins to warm up, I can’t help but reminisce about Concord Coalition to End Homelessness’ (CCEH) 12th Annual SouperFest that was held outdoors earlier this spring, at Concord’s White Park. We at Northeast Delta Dental were proud to sponsor CCEH and are excited that the event raised over $55,000.

From Pumpkin Apple Bisque, to Hungarian Mushroom Ale, to Smoked Brisket Chili, it was incredibly heart-warming to see those near and far arrive and enthusiastically pick up soup; some stayed to picnic in the sun and take in delightful music by the State Street Jazz Band.

“Fundraising is key to the survival of CCEH and the services we provide. BUT, the wonderful outpouring of energy and the participation of this amazing Greater Concord Community is what really makes SouperFest SOUPER,” shared CCEH in a statement.

Much like oral health, ending homelessness is important to Northeast Delta Dental and we stand by CCEH’s mission to eliminate chronic homelessness and build systems that effectively respond to the diverse needs of people experiencing homelessness. It is an honor to watch organizations like CCEH adapt and help those in need, even in times of crises.

While this isn’t CCEH’s first SouperFest, countless volunteers, sponsors, and others in the community came together to rally behind CCEH’s mission while enjoying soups and good cheer together, effectively sustaining the group’s largest fundraiser and raising awareness for a critical issue.

Experience the magic of SouperFest for yourself here.

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Northeast Delta Dental Celebrates Doctors’ Day

I’m excited to join others in honoring our frontline physician professionals on March 30th for remaining committed to our community, despite the challenges of COVID-19, and for serving patients 7×24, 365 days a year. Doctors’ Day is an annual observance aimed at appreciating these healthcare professionals who help save and improve our lives every day, everywhere. The holiday first started in 1933 in Winder, Georgia, and since then it’s been celebrated every year on March 30 which was the first anniversary of a doctor using ether anesthesia- Dr. Crawford W. Long in 1842.

The last year has taught us even more appreciation for the sacrifices made by these caring people.

National Doctors’ Day rightly honors and uplifts these professionals in recognizing their contributions near and far. Time and time again, they put the needs of their patients first, remain steadfast in their work, and operate with a resilience that I can only admire. On National Doctors’ Day, we join others around the country in expressing our gratitude to doctors of all specialties for what they do and for their commitment to the betterment of our health. 

Our dental providers work ceaselessly to provide hundreds of thousands of your neighbors throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont with the highest standard of oral healthcare. They do it all while mitigating the devastating effects of COVID-19, navigating a rapidly changing landscape, daily advancements in technology and tools and other challenges of which we are completely unaware. I salute you all.

Join us in celebrating doctors everywhere. Browse National Doctors’ Day to learn more.

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Arthritis Foundation Volunteer Evening of Honors 2021

Becoming a member of the New England Advisory Board of The Arthritis Foundation (AF) has been one of the most rewarding decisions as I come together with other individuals passionate about supporting more than 54 million Americans living with arthritis. It’s also satisfying to watch these same individuals and volunteers be recognized for their efforts and labor all year long. As Chair of the board for Northern New England, I am particularly honored to witness Mary Nagel’s excellence and zeal for AF’s mission be rewarded at this year’s Evening of Honors.

Mary Nagel, this year’s Virtual Red Carpet Volunteer Honoree for Northern New England, is a devoted nurse practitioner and has been advocating for AF since 1984. She volunteered for AF while working towards her master’s degree in Nursing, served on the local leadership board of AF in Buffalo, NY before moving to NH in 1989 and continues to be a very active volunteer and supporter, including Community Network Chair for the Northern New England market.

Mary Nagel humbly notes, “When I was chosen to be the Red Carpet Honoree of Northern New England, I was grateful and felt so honored. I felt this meant that the work I love doing for a cause that is so worthy, is truly appreciated. I am dedicated to finding cures for the various forms of arthritis and I am motivated to help the Arthritis Foundation and its mission. Being the Red Carpet Honoree of Northern New England is encouraging and inspiring.”

Mary was awarded The Arthritis Foundation’s “Volunteer of the Year” in 1994 and is the true definition of a loyal volunteer, fundraiser and event participant: Jingle Bell Run Concord for about 25 years and Walk to Cure Arthritis for the past 3 years.

“Mary Nagel is the epitome of a passionate, loyal and engaging volunteer and so deserving of being Arthritis Foundation’s Red Carpet Honoree for northern New England. Whether it’s outreach to our arthritis communities, participating at a Jingle Bell Run or Walk to Cure Arthritis event or sharing ideas at a local leadership board meeting, Mary’s enthusiasm for “everything Arthritis Foundation” is always present. Our arthritis warriors throughout northern New England are all the better because of Mary Nagel,”shared Erica D’Agostino, Sr. Executive Director of the New England market of Arthritis Foundation.

Watch the event or view the program here.

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February: American Heart Month

By presidential proclamation annually beginning in 1964, with President Lyndon B. Johnson, February has been proclaimed as American Heart Month. During the month, the spotlight is on heart disease, the No 1 killer of Americans. This month the American Heart Association also focuses attention on the fact that one in three women are diagnosed with heart disease annually with its National Wear Red Day, part of the Go Red for Women initiative.

This year, the focus on heart health is more important due to the impact of the coronavirus on the public’s heart health, including potential harmful effects on the heart and vascular system, according to recent research. Also, during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have delayed or avoided going to hospitals for heart attacks and strokes. To counter this trend, the American Heart Association created the “Don’t Die of Doubt” national awareness campaign reminding people that hospitals are the safest places to go when they have symptoms of heart attacks and strokes.

Heart disease is of particular interest to those of us concerned about oral health because researchers report that gum disease caused by poor oral hygiene can not only result in pain and tooth loss, but it also can lead to heart disease and stroke. People with gum disease have nearly double the risk for heart disease as those with healthy gums, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Gum infection also is more prevalent in people who suffer a certain type of stroke. Researchers don’t yet know exactly how gum disease affects heart health, and more research is needed. However, indications are that taking care of our teeth and gums daily and visiting our dentist regularly may have a beneficial impact on heart health. If you have any thoughts on this subject, please leave a comment. And, please, take good care of your heart!

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