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ARCHIVES: June 2013



Launching the First Ever Connect 4 Success event!

Posted by Paul on 6/27/2013 3:47:00 PM

Tomorrow morning 50 pluspeople will converge at the Lodge of the Four Seasons at Lake of the Ozarks for the MDA's inaugural Connect4Success Leadership Academy and New Dentist Conference. I'm nervously excited and full of anticipation.
The diverse gathering includes some MDA Board members, someMDIS board members, some MDA staff, some component staff, and most importantly, the guests of honor - more than 25 new dentists from all corners of the state!
On deck is a 3 hour interactive leadership seminar where this diverse group can meet each other, understand the unique aspects of leadership within organized dentistry, and start to envision a future where we all work more efficiently together.
The afternoon and Saturday morning will feature CE designed just for New Dentist. There will be a cocktail reception and a free night and then a free to enjoy a summer day at the Lake. I look forward to seeing familiar faces and even more so meeting new faces. I love to see the association grow and be enhancedwith the presence of our newest members.
I'll be back with a full photo report and words from the attendees. Wish us well!

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A Hero Among Us

Posted by Paul on 6/25/2013 2:42:00 PM

"These are individuals who have done something extraordinary to save a life."
Thoseare the words of Nancy Sell, project manager for the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter's Lifesaver Awards. Among the nine award winners she was referring to is MDA member, Dr. Rick Bohon from Columbia. Tonight at a ceremony at the North Jefferson City Pavilion, Dr Bohon received the Medical Lifesaver Award sponsored by US Bank. I know Dr Bohon personally and I regret not being able to attend the event and capture the moment. We did however get a chance to visit at church about what happened in May.
Dr Bohon and his good friend and neighbor, Joe Moseley, were cycling the Katy Trail as they had often done over the last twenty years. Both men are experienced bikers and had joined a larger group for a longer ride. Due to a calendar conflict, the two men broke off early from the group in Hartsburg and headed back to Columbia. As they rode, Joe was laboring considerably and Dr Bohon was concerned enough that he phoned ahead to alert family of their earlier than planned arrival.
Just asthey reached the parking lot, Joe went into full cardiac arrest. Dr Bohon wasted no time. He fervently started giving chest compressions to his life long friend. At the same time, he was screaming for help because he did not want to take the time to get his phone from his bike and call 911. Thankfully a pedestrian across the lot heard the commotion and drew near enough to hear Dr Bohon tell them to dial 911. All the while, Dr Bohon was forcefully and rapidly giving chest compressions even as his pal started to lose color and showed no signs of response.
Suddenly the paramedics and Dr Bohon's son all arrived at the same time. It took electric shock to revive Joe but thanks to the consistent and quick acting care of Dr Bohon, his friend is alive and well today.Dr Bohonsays Joe is mad at him because he chest is still sore. I call that the badge of friendship.
The MDA staff recently took a BLS class at the office and I commented to Dr Bohon how I hoped I would never need to use it. He had taken the class many times and saidhis experiencewas more than he ever wanted to encounter again. He was very humble about the wholeincident and delighted to have his friend and neighbor still among us. Still, I congratulate Dr Bohon on his honor. He makes us all proud here at the MDA.
Let this be a reminder to all of us. Your office personnel all take BLS. Stay on the ready. It can save lives!

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Teeing it Up - Part 1

Posted by Paul on 6/4/2013 1:20:00 PM

This will be one of those weeks where I relish my role because it starts and ends with golf! Yesterday I had the privilege of representing the MDA Foundation at the annual Give Kids A Smile golf tournament at Bogey Hills inSt Louis. The Foundation is glad to support the fine work that GKAS does and this event is one of their major fundraisers for the year. I heard Joan Allen, executive director, delighting in her choice of weather. It was sunny and warm without being humid and there were no rain delays! Everyone (70+ golfers and a great turnout from supportive vendors)really enjoyed a wonderful day outside.
I was placed on a team with long time GKAS sponsors, JL Moisan Construction, represented by Jeff Moisan and Bob Seals (that's them doling out prizes above). Rounding out our foursome was Dr Bob Strathman, a periodontist and a very solid golfer. I enjoyed getting to know about dental office construction and Dr Strathman and I covered a lot ofground concerning MDA efforts. As a team we were -3 which would have won the B flight by a stroke but alas it left us at the bottom of the A flight. No worries, we were still allowed to enjoy the well attended dinner and auction which capped off a great day for GKAS. Plus I had a chance to return the NOMAD they so generously loaned us for MOMOM.
Kudos and all the best to Joan and the GKAS Board as they build on their current success.

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