Partnership Provides Dental Care for Uninsured Virginians
ST. PAUL, Minn.—May 28, 2015—Patterson Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq: PDCO) today announced that Patterson Dental’s Richmond office has been recognized by the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) for its involvement in the initiative to provide health care services for uninsured Virginians. The NETworthy Award was presented at VHCF’s annual Heroes in Health Care event, held in downtown Richmond on May 28. Attendees included local business leaders and government officials. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe presented the award to Matt Smith, Richmond branch manager at Patterson Dental, and Tim Rogan, vice president, marketing merchandise at Patterson Dental.
“Our team has been working with VHCF for many years, and seeing the impact of our work in the community has been very rewarding,” said Smith, “It’s an honor to receive an award that reflects Patterson’s value on partnership. We look forward to serving Virginians alongside VHCF in the future.”
Each year, VHCF recognizes individuals, companies and teams which have made a significant difference in providing primary health care to uninsured Virginians and those in medically underserved areas. The NETworthy Award was created to recognize a person or organization whose efforts have been especially significant in growing and professionalizing Virginia’s health care safety net.
“Patterson Dental has been key to the success of Virginia’s dental safety net clinics, providing them with supplies, equipment, repairs and practice management software at a reduced price, no matter how small their size. This has resulted in savings of $1.6 million to the dental safety net since Patterson engaged in this partnership eight years ago,” said Deborah D. Oswalt, executive director of VHCF.
The expense associated with running a dental practice is a concern for many of the small dental safety net clinics that operate on a part-time basis and rely on donations. At the beginning of Patterson’s partnership with VHCF, the two organizations worked hand-in-hand to create a program that extends Patterson’s assistance to even the smallest safety net dental practices in Virginia.
“Patterson’s critical support to the state’s free clinics and community health centers ensures that they have the tools to serve those that need it most,” said Rogan, “It’s our pleasure to work with VHCF and provide Virginians with oral health care that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to receive.”
About Patterson Companies, Inc.
Patterson Companies, Inc. is a value-added distributor serving the dental, companion-pet veterinarian and rehabilitation supply markets.
As Patterson’s largest business, Patterson Dental provides a virtually complete range of consumable dental products, equipment and software, turnkey digital solutions and value-added services to dentists and dental laboratories throughout North America.
Patterson Veterinary is a leading distributor in the U.S. and U.K. of consumable veterinary supplies, equipment and software, diagnostic products, vaccines and pharmaceuticals predominantly to companion-pet veterinary clinics.
Patterson Medical is the world’s leading distributor of rehabilitation supplies and non-wheelchair assistive patient products to the physical and occupational therapy markets. The unit’s global customer base includes hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and dealers.
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Ann B. Gugino
Vice President & CFO
Source: Patterson Companies, Inc.