Thanks to their generosity and commitment to service, the Pacific Dental Services Foundation Mobile Dental Clinic spent Friday, September 20th in Jerome providing free dental care to 26 people. Eighteen volunteers provided the comprehensive care including four dentists, three dental hygienists and five dental assistants. The patients were truly appreciative of the quality of care provided.
On Thursday, the 26th, the Jerome Fire Department celebrated their annual “picnic” thanking the citizens for their support and honoring firefighters. Due to pending rain, the event was held in the firehouse and was very well attended. There was plenty of delicious food at the potluck, and the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra provided the musical entertainment.
Dr. Jack is busy preparing for the the second Public Health Symposium he will be leading at the upcoming Greater New York Dental Meeting, December 3rd and 4th at the Javits Center in New York City. There will be four panels of world renowned leaders addressing critical issues relevant to all healthcare providers and educators. Admission is free to dental students and residents. Please check their website for details.
Pacific Dental Services Foundation Dentists for Special Needs Non-Profit Clinic opened its doors in Phoenix with Dr. Jack Dillenberg as part of the team. PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs Clinic welcomed PDS team members, along with local community and dental leaders, to the ribbon cutting on April 18th. This clinic is skillfully designed for special needs patients and their families. It hopes to be a model for other special needs clinics in communities of need for dental services. Arizona has the least restrictive reciprocity law in the U.S., which will enhance the ability of dentists from across the country to come to Arizona to experience this unique facility with its caring, committed and skilled staff.
When Dr. Jack returned to Jerome, he participated in a Neighborhood Meeting as a member of Jerome’s Town Council. The Council discussed the issue regarding the ways fire trucks, ambulances and other critical vehicles will be able to safely travel on one the very narrow streets in the town without imposing parking restrictions yet still meet the parking needs of the local residents.
Dr. Jack returned to Phoenix to attend the 80th birthday celebration for his dear friend Dr. Carl Hammerschlag. Friends and family, including Dr. Patch Adams, joined Carl in a very eclectic and humorous trial highlighting some of his unique attributes.
The week ended with a lovely lunch with Jamie, Tanner,
Roxanne, Lili and Isla.
The generosity of numerous dental industry companies, dental leaders and individual donors has led to the development of the new Dillenberg Center. The Center will focus on the use of innovative technology and the integration of oral health into primary care to improve patient health. ASDOH dental students and residents will begin to use the new operatories and interdisciplinary area in the PDS Innovations Clinic in November while research opportunities continue to be explored.
In regards to his local activities, it appears that Dr. Jack Dillenberg has been elected to the Jerome Town Council. “Councilman” Dillenberg will serve with four other council members to represent Jerome’s 450 residents.
"Leadership requires courage - for a turtle to go forward, he has to stick his neck out!" Dr. Jack Dillenberg