If you haven’t already, register today. Then take a moment to learn more the historic venue where it will take place.
Heads of state, legendary mob bosses and treasured artwork
Aptly named “The Hotel of Presidents,” this historic Chicago hotel has hosted several heads of state, including Presidents Teddy Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter.
The hotel also had a notorious streak, as it was favored by legendary mob bosses “Lucky” Luciano and Al Capone. It’s been said that Al Capone held meetings while getting his haircut in the windowless barbershop at The Blackstone.
Rivaling the most prestigious Chicago art museums, The Blackstone’s art collection is one of the city’s treasures. With over 1,600 works, primarily created by local artists, the collection includes pieces that not only conjure up Chicago past and present, but also evoke this legendary hotel’s regal architecture.
When you browse the selection of works, you can almost hear the sounds of Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne and Nat King Cole through the halls. On permanent display throughout guest rooms, meeting rooms, and public spaces, our art collection is an extension of The Blackstone’s role as a Chicago cultural icon.
Enjoy one of the city’s most intriguing art collections during your stay, and come away with an enriched perspective of Chicago.
These days it truly seems that less is more, as people everywhere are gravitating toward adapting a minimalist lifestyle. What does that mean exactly? Well, it’s all about living with less, getting rid of excess, and organizing (and appreciating) what you have.
“Does it Spark Joy?” That’s a question organizational guru Marie Kondo asks her clients on the Netflix hit, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.” The show features inspiring home makeovers, all fueled by the premise of eliminating items that don’t bring her clients joy and satisfaction. The result? Happy clients who feel lighter and happier after reducing clutter and organizing their spaces.
This philosophy makes perfect sense at work. Since we spend a third of our lives in our 9 to 5 endeavors, organizing the workplace can not only enhance efficiency and enable us to work smarter, it can also make for a better state of mind. And while minimalist living might be a little extreme for some, there are proven benefits toward reducing clutter and creating a tidy space.
Can cluttered workspaces lower a company’s bottom line?
Yes, according to a study by the National Association of Professional Organizers. Researchers found that cluttered workspaces can lead to a company’s financial loss equivalent to 10% of a manager’s salary. It’s essential for your productivity — and your mental health — to keep your workspace clutter-free. And while it may seem overwhelming, the incentive to start organizing is undeniable.
And this is where Herman Miller’s Tu Storage comes in.
Available to dental offices through CenterPoint Design and Benco Dental, Tu Storage is a modernized and personalized take on storage that accommodates the items people actually use. It keeps things for working and living nearby, so people have a more personal connection to their work and the workplace. In that way, Tu is an essential ingredient in tailoring individual workpoints to best support the work people do.
Another study done by the National Association of Professional Organizers showed that being organized will save you 60 minutes a day. Imagine how efficient you would be if you could find all the things that you were looking for, and didn’t get distracted?
Styles that seamlessly fit any décor
Tu is comprehensive in its material offering. Metal, laminate, and veneer finishes pair with metal and wood cases in a range of combinations. This visual versatility allows Tu to take on appearances from highly functional to warmly residential, allowing it to work in nearly any interior. As with all Herman Miller products, Tu has a thoughtfully-considered palette that contributes to enhancing the experience of people working together.
Supporting the work
Tu Storage is an essential element for creating settings that support people’s work activities. It lets individuals easily store and access their belongings, both work tools and personal items, whether they have assigned workpoints or they use unassigned desks on a drop-in basis. And it all comes with a 12-year, 3-shift warranty.
In a blog published by Chron, author Devra Gartenstein says “Keeping your workplace organized isn’t just a matter of finding permanent places for essential items and instructing employees to replace them there. Workplace organization is a state of mind that takes ongoing work and thought.”
Ready to de-clutter your space with Tu Storage from Herman Miller? Learn more about this intuitive way to streamline your office environment and bring joy into the workplace, call 1.800.GOBENCO
Lindsay Pross is one of only 17 event professionals in the United States to earn Planner of the Year recognition from Smart Meetings. As Benco Dental’s Events Department Supervisor, Pross (shown on Smart Meetings magazine cover, top left) oversees internal sales trainings, incentive trips, award shows, customer-facing seminars and trade shows for the nation’s largest independent dental distributor.
Smart Meetings’ annual Planner of the Year Awards recognize event professionals who are leading the way with innovative, transformational programming. They are role models and pioneers in the industry, creating value for their companies and elevating the experience for attendees. Read the complete story: SmartMeetings.com
“We’re grateful to have talented, impactful leaders like Lindsay on our team, and deeply proud to see her efforts recognized alongside fellow professionals at innovative companies like Cisco, Autodesk and Sisense.”
Terry J. Barrett, Chief Marketing Officer at Benco Dental
Pross joined the Benco team in 2014, bringing more than a decade of corporate event planning to her role. Within three years, she was elevated to department head. Pross plans more than 25 events per year for the company, ranging in size from 20 attendees to 900.
About Benco Dental
Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained focused on its unique mission to drive dentistry forward through innovative solutions and caring family culture. Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas. Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.
About Smart Meetings
Smart Meetings is the leading media company and the most trusted resource for meeting professionals. Providing best-in-class service, Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital magazines, hosts world-class hosted-buyer networking events, provides CEU-accredited webinars and offers myriad digital resources.
Flooring that will stand the test of time is as essential as choosing a comfortable, sturdy dental chair at a dental practice. You want your patient to feel secure. You want the dexterity to give them a perfect smile; likewise, you want vinyl flooring that’s safe, durable and attractive so you can give your patients excellent care in a stylish environment.
“In the world of dentistry, we have seen Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) become a staple of the dental office floor. These floors can be found almost always in operatories, but we have also seen a trend using this material not only in the clinical area, but within the whole office.”
The Mohawk Group offers contemporary Luxury Vinyl Tile (shown at top) style that looks great in an operatory, office or reception room. Before you begin your design plans, there are factors to chew over. Maybe you’re expanding your practice or are planning to start your first. Here are five things to consider before you buy a vinyl floor:
When you purchase flooring, especially if it’s your first time, it’s important to remember you’re buying commercial vinyl versus residential vinyl. Commercial vinyl flooring applications require a 20 mil wear layer in order to withstand heavy foot traffic and equipment. Wear layer in an important factor to consider when choosing LVT. Vinyl flooring can be measured by different wear layer thicknesses, such as 12, 20, 30, or 40 mils.
Commercial vinyl flooring typically ranges in thickness from 2.5 mm to 3 mm. Some commercial spaces install vinyl up to 5 mm, which allows the vinyl floor to align with the height of the carpet.
The photo above features Shaw Contact’s “Cut” LVT with two-to-three vertical accents in either brass metallic or nickel metallic. The unique visual of Cut mimics natural end-cut wood floors in which individual woodblock tiles connect in an imperfect, organic installation; therefore, individual woodblock visuals do not align.
“LVT has come a long way over the years with high-performance value, an array of aesthetic designs, and many benefits such as durability, cleanability, water resistance, price, life span, and maintenance.”
Two characteristics, texture and size, should be considered when selecting a vinyl floor. Textures range from smooth to light texture to highly textured.
Vinyl flooring also has a variety of size options, such as 4 inch to 9 inch wide planks to 24 inch by 24 inch wide tiles to everything in between. If you are looking for something a bit unique, you can also find hexagon and triangle shaped vinyl flooring. Whatever your preference, there is one to fit your style and need.
Strength is an essential factor in flooring. But if it doesn’t look good, why buy it? The LVT you purchase will be in your office for years, if not decades. Choosing vinyl that enhances your practice’s appeal will introduce an allure your patients will appreciate.
Many dentists choose to put LVT throughout their practices due to the fact that it requires little maintenance. Shaw Contactfeatures ExoGuardTM, an exclusive urethane finish that protects against commercial traffic and requires no polishing.
ExoGuardTM consists of two elements. First, a top coat adds resistance to scratches, scuffing, and staining. Second, a primer coat — a layer added to the topcoat — adds adhesion and durability. Having LVT with this type of top layer can reduce the frequency and cost of cleaning services, saving you time and money.
Luxury vinyl floors are designed to last. Every LVT floor provider mentioned in this article offers a limited commercial 10-year warranty, at a minimum.
Like any new product you buy, you want to see it, touch it—even walk on it! If you’re ready to order new LVT for your practice, visit one of three CenterPoint Design showrooms of the nation’s leading dental supplier, Benco Dental.
“Whether you are refreshing an old space or building new, LVT is a great option,” Amanda Griffith, CenterPoint Design Interior Designer at Benco Dental.
Disclaimer: Warranty claims are subject to manufacturer approval.
I am writing this post on August 26, #WomensEqualityDay. It’s the 99th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, that gave women the right to vote. Today, I’m focusing on a few voices that advocated for and against allowing women to practice dentistry. There were many against, but only a few brave souls who felt women were equal to men and that dentistry was a place where women could excel.
I ask no favors for my sex. All I ask our brethren is that they will take their feet off our necks. – Sarah Grimke, early suffragette.
The Dental Times Dispute
If you follow The Lucy Hobbs Project, you’re familiar with the story of Lucy Hobbs, the young woman who sought a career as a dentist, but was constantly denied entrance to dental school based solely on her gender. This was common across a range of educational institutes; law schools, medical schools, and dental schools, among others, frequently denied women admittance to their programs.
Around the same time Lucy Hobbs was finishing up her dental studies in Ohio, a dispute was brewing in Pennsylvania between the pages of The Dental Times, featuring arguments both for and against allowing women to be dentists.
The 1866, Volume III, Number 4 issue of The Dental Times featured two articles, one advocating for women in dentistry, and the other arguing they are “not fitted physically for such taxing work”.
The first article is the Valedictory address of James Truman, DDS, dean of the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery from 1865-1876. In it, he states:
The recognition of the right of every human being to an equal share in the privileges that we enjoy, has not yet become a principle of faith and practice, as I think it should. We say to one-half of the human family, stitch, stitch, darn stockings, make shoes for a shilling, stand behind counters for two or three dollars per week, do anything, but don’t enter the sacred precincts that we have marked out for our peculiar benefit…Talent is of no sex, color or clime…
This thought was revolutionary for the time and Dr. Truman knew it.
…It may be that I stand alone in these views, both with the Faculty of this College and the audience; but I trust not, as in my judgement, the advancement of the world depends, to a large extent, upon their adoption.
The Opposing View
Within the same scientific journal, there came the opposing view, with the glaring title, “Dental Surgery – Should Females Practice It?” Its author, Dr. George T. Barker, editor of The Dental Times, emphatically believed women were not suited for the physical rigors of dentistry.
Dr. Barker states, in part:
Should females be encouraged to enter the dental profession? I contend they should not, and it is with no disrespect that the assertion is made. The same reason holds good against females practicing dentistry that it does against a feeble male, for the reasons as previously stated. The very form and structure of a woman unfit her for its duties…
By 1872, three women were admitted to the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery; however, after completing the first year, they were not allowed to return because they were women. When that occurred, there was a dissenting vote by a member of the faculty. The matter then was brought to a committee of members of the board, who rendered the decision that “a student could not be cast out without due cause.” In 1874, two of the three women graduated from the college. Obviously some agreed with Dean Truman, regarding women in dentistry.
On this #WomensEqualityDay, we are glad that more and more people are of the mind of Dr. Truman rather than Dr. Barker. Here’s to more women in dentistry and to the pioneers, like Lucy Hobbs Taylor, Henriette Hirschfeld, and others who defied convention to become dentists.
Next year, the 19th Amendment turns 100! Here’s to more “firsts” for women!
About the blogger
Guest blogger Jenn Ochman, Database Publishing Production Specialist in the Branding and Communication Department at Benco Dental, dedicates her time outside work to historical reenactment. She shares knowledge of dental history with TheDailyFloss.com readers on a monthly basis.
This year, as of 3 a.m. on Friday, July 26, over 250 people were already lined up outside PPG Paints Arena – the city’s downtown hockey arena. A few hours later at 6 a.m., the 2019 Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh Free Dental Clinic opened its doors to the community.
In the two days that followed, 1,302 patients received hope and healing at the hands of 1,469 care providers. The clinic provides services at no charge to adults and children age 2 and up; there are no income or eligibility requirements. Patients – many from working families – attend because they lack dental insurance or access to dental care.
A solution born out of need
The idea for establishing an annual dental care event in Pittsburgh was born out of conversations between Dr. Daniel Pituch; Dr. Richard M. Celko; and Michael Zamagias, chairman and chief executive officer of the Pittsburgh-based healthcare technology company TeleTracking, Inc., who together saw the need in the community to provide this service on an annual basis.
In 2017 it came to fruition in the form of Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh, a free, two-day dental clinic, presented by A Call to Care, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.
‘No patient is turned away due to lack of capacity’
What keeps it rolling? The entire event is run and staffed by volunteers.
The costs of presenting (PPG Paints Arena rental, materials, dental equipment, supplies, and more) are made possible by the generosity of dedicated partners, sponsors and funders, according to Kayleigh Fontana, Marketing Campaign Manager for TeleTracking.
“The clinic has grown each year, increasing the number of dental chairs (from 50 chairs in 2017 to 100 chairs in 2019) and volunteers each year to meet the need. No patient is turned away due to lack of capacity.”
Kayleigh Fontana, Marketing Campaign Manager for TeleTracking.
How does it make a difference?
By establishing this clinic as an annual event, Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh makes it possible for individuals with limited access to dental care to see a dental professional at least once a year.
Services provided include: * full dental exam, * X-rays, * cleanings, * minor restorative fillings, * extractions, * root canal treatments on select teeth, * oral hygiene instruction, and * temporary partial dental appliances
Data gathered from a survey of Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh patients in 2018 revealed that 45 percent of patients who attended the clinic had experienced dental pain for more than a year, and 25 percent reported visiting the emergency department for dental pain.
Research shows that poor oral health has a significant impact on overall health, including premature birth and an increased risk of cancer. The bacteria present in oral infections has been found to contribute to the risk for heart disease and stroke. Studies have found that having damaged, broken or missing teeth impacts an individual’s sense of confidence, well-being, and employability, as well as earning power.
Want to participate in 2020?
For news on the 2020 Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh dental clinic, and opportunities to volunteer next year, follow Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MOMPGH/ and Twitter @MOM_PGH.
This fall, the Lucy Hobbs Project will host its 7th annual Celebration honoring women in dentistry. The event, hosted in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists on October 3-5, 2019 at The Blackstone, Chicago will feature a lineup of inspirational and insightful guest speakers and panelists in line with the theme, Mind+Body+Spirit and close with a give back session to benefit the nonprofit organization Let It Be Us. (Register today: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/ )
Expect to be wowed.
Each year, though, the Celebration’s high point cannot be matched by any of these spectacular speakers and events. When The Lucy Hobbs Project Awards are presented to six indomitable women who are reshaping the profession of dentistry, awe-inspiring moments ensue.
As the applause dies down and each person is introduced, those in attendance have an opportunity to view the change one person can affect in the world. This year, one of those changemakers is Charmaine Ng, DMD, recipient of the Lucy Hobbs Project Woman to Watch Award.
Ready to be inspired by Charmaine Ng, DMD?
Most of Dr. Charmaine Ng’s patients are experiencing homelessness or struggling with other barriers to quality healthcare; she aims to restore tooth function and self-confidence through dentistry, while providing integrated care.
To meet the needs of the underserved in her community, Dr. Ng created a dental program, HealthRIGHT360, in San Francisco, California. As the Founding Dental Director, she developed a whole body, integrated care approach that utilized the dental, medical, medical assisted therapy (MAT), and behavioral health services on site after early years dedicated to volunteerism.
What fueled her passion for giving back?
As an undergraduate student at University of California San Diego, Charmaine Ng dedicated her efforts with a student-run free dental clinic, and this passion for service led her to A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health to pursue a career in dentistry. Inspired by her educational experience, she continued to serve on the School’s alumni board for six years after graduation.
By engaging in local community health committees and the San Francisco Dental Society, she gathered data and assessed the needs of the community to expand HealthRIGHT360’s clinical site and also the scope of the practice to children who have limited access to dental care.
Dr. Ng is an American College of Dentists’ Fellow 2019
The nation’s largest independent dental distributor aligns with Utah-based leader in the industry known for top software used to track, analyze, manage and grow dental practices.
Intelligence, a leader in helping dental practices use actionable data to
improve patient care, team collaboration, and practice profitability, aligns
with Benco Dental, the nation’s largest independent dental distributor. Their shared
goal: helping all dentists in the United States grow in ways that are important
to them and their patients.
“All of us at Dental Intelligence are thrilled with this opportunity to be aligned with a dynamic organization like Benco. We love how focused they are on addressing and resolving the many unique challenges faced by the dental industry today.”
Weston Lunsford, CEO at Dental Intelligence.
“Our company has a single vision: To help dental practices to do more and even better dentistry, more efficiently. Everything we do revolves around this purpose – and we’re passionate about succeeding. Benco’s commitment to helping the practices they work with achieve greater success makes them an ideal partner for Dental Intelligence. We’re so excited to work together,” says Weston Lunsford, CEO at Dental Intelligence.
Grove, Utah-based company connects to a doctor’s Practice Management Software,
then analyzes instantly, automates, finds opportunities, and communicates. Dental
Intelligence smart tools work to make sure nothing falls through the cracks,
while saving time, helping more patients, and increasing production. Among the
Morning Huddle, a
presentation automated with the click of a button, that in 15 minutes unites
the dental team with clear and measurable goals, reviews yesterday, today,
tomorrow and next week, celebrates victories and creates teaching moments.
Call Insight, a
smart caller ID that improves patient experience and displays valuable patient
Ups, a daily communication assistant, auto-generates call lists for appointment
confirmations, hygiene recare and unscheduled treatment.
“Benco Dental and Dental Intelligence share a passion for innovating to help dentists achieve more,” said Terry Barrett, Chief Marketing Officer at Benco Dental.
“This product delivers measurable results through a remarkable combination of hindsight, insight and foresight so users learn from what has already happened, respond better to what’s happening now and anticipate how to react smarter and more efficiently in the future.”
Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest independent dental distributor in the United States, driving dentistry forward through innovative solutions and a caring family culture. Benco delivers a full array of supplies, equipment, technology and services to dentists nationwide. Benco Dental firsts include Painless® electronic ordering, automated supply management, BluChip®customer loyalty rewards, CenterPoint design/equipment superstores and OneVisitTM open architecture CAD/CAM. Over 1,500 dedicated associates serve customers nationwide including 400+ sales representatives and 300+ factory-trained service technicians. Benco has been named one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for three consecutive years.
INTELLIGENCE Dental Intelligence is the world’s
smartest software used by thousands of dentists to manage and grow their
practices. Dental Intelligence simplifies the team’s daily activities that are
most important in improving patient health and increasing profitability in the
practice. To learn more, visit http://www.dentalintel.com/
ABOUT BENCO DENTAL Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained focused on its unique mission to drive dentistry forward through innovative solutions and caring family culture. Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas. Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.
This prestigious recognition in the publishing community benchmarks excellence in editorial and design. Winners will be announced October 30 in NYC.
Incisal Edge has earned finalist status in nine categories for the 2019 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards that celebrate uncompromising journalism and gorgeous design across all sectors of publishing.
The nation’s premier dental lifestyle magazine — Incisal Edge, published by Benco Dental since 1997 — is recognized for its offerings across digital and print media, as well as video. Winners will be announced during a celebratory gala on October 30 during The Folio: Show at the Hilton Midtown in New York City.
Categories in which Incisal Edge is recognized include:
The Folio: team, along with their panel of
200+ judges, received more than 2,000 entries submitted this year in 33
categories. Other publishers among the 2019 finalists are: ESPN the Magazine, Forbes
Media, Hearst Magazines, Meredith Corporation and Variety. View the full list here.
“The Eddie & Ozzie Awards recognize the pillars of magazine and digital publishing—outstanding journalism and content, photography, design, and the extremely talented people who produce it,” said Caysey Welton, Content Director at Folio:.