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Permanent link  New Dentist Rooftop Reception: Thursday Aug. 25


 2016 New Dentist Rooftop Reception

Enjoy an evening of cocktails and conversation with your contemporaries Thursday, Aug. 25, 6 - 9 p.m. on the Streeterville Terrace of the Loews Chicago Hotel, 455 N. Park Dr., Chicago.

This event is free to CDS members in practice for 10 years or less. RSVP by Thursday, Aug. 18 to Joanne Girardi, CDS Director of Member Services. 

CDS thanks the following for their sponsorship contributions:

Chicagoland Smile Group logo           Southpoint Insurance logo


Permanent link  Anti-discrimination rule implemented as part of Affordable Care Act


The Office for Civil Rights has issued a final rule that prohibits health care entities that receive certain federal financial assistance from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. The rule went into effect on July 18 and implements Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. It requires affected entities, like dental practices, to take steps such as providing meaningful access and effective communications for patients with limited English proficiency and/or disabilities. It also includes posting taglines and nondiscrimination notices in dental offices, on practice websites and in significant publications and communications by Oct. 16.

Recognizing the burden that has been placed on members, and in view of unanswered questions about the final rule, the American Dental Association sent a letter to the Office for Civil Rights requesting an extension of the implementation deadline. The letter also requested additional relief for smaller practices. The ADA had previously raised similar concerns, among other objections, when the rule was originally proposed last September, but the concerns did not appear to have been addressed in the final rule.

Read the letter and learn about resources the ADA has developed to assist members with compliance.


Permanent link  CDS mourns death of Henry Mathews, 1973-74 CDS president


We are saddened to report that former CDS President, Dr. Henry J. Mathews, passed away July 9 at Augustana Regent Assisted Living in Burnsville Minnesota where he resided. He was surrounded by family members and passed peacefully. Dr. Mathews turned 100 on Oct. 9. He is survived by his three children Beth Wiersma, Jeanne Dahlgren and Jim Mathews.

Dr. Mathews was President of the Chicago Dental Society in 1973-74. He was elected Secretary of the Past President’s Club in 1984 and served in that position through February 1991. Dr. Mathews was President of the Englewood Branch in 1958-59 and served on the CDS Board of Directors as Englewood Branch Director from 1965-68. He was also involved in numerous committees at the branch level. 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held for Dr. Mathews July 17 at Augustana Regent in Burnsville Minnesota. 
Dr. Mathews along with his wife Floretta, who passed away in January 2013, will be interned with full honors at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood on July 19.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution has been made on behalf of the CDS Board of Director, Past Presidents and staff to Grace Lutheran Church in Western Springs. 

The family has requested that any additional donations made in Dr. Mathew’s honor be directed to one of the following:

Grace Lutheran Church
4101 Wolf Rd.
Western Springs, IL 60558

Augustana Regent/Burnsville
14500 Regent Lane 

Burnsville, MN 55306

Concordia University

7400 Augusta St.
River Forest, IL 60305

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family of Dr. Henry Mathews, 14500 Regent Lane, Apt 326, Burnsville, MN 55306-5559.

Henry Mathews

Dr. Mathews pictured with Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley in 1974.


Permanent link  Stay current on your OSHA training with CDS co-sponsored courses


OSHA requires that all healthcare employers maintain a written Exposure Control Plan. The plan must include a risk analysis, Hepatitis B vaccinations, follow-up procedures, an evaluation of safer sharps and training.

CDS and the Chicago Medical Society once again jointly offer OSHA Training Updates to members and their staffs. The two-hour update is taught by specialists in exposure control and is designed for clinicians and their staffs.

The dates and locations are:

  • Sept. 14, Hilton Chicago/Oak Lawn, 9333 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn
  • Oct. 12, Chicago Medical Society Office, 33 W. Grand Ave., Chicago
  • Nov. 9, Presence St. Francis Hospital. 355 Ridge Ave., Evanston

CE Credit: 2 hours


  • CDS members and their staffs: $109 each
  • Non-member: $129 each

Find information and register for an OSHA Training Update course.

OSHA 2016



Permanent link  CDS Foundation Clinic needs volunteers


The CDS Foundation Clinic is in need of volunteer dentists and dental hygienists to provide basic dental care during the month of June on the following days:  Monday, June 13; Tuesday, June 14; Friday, June 17; Tuesday, June 21; Wednesday, June 22; Monday, June 27; Tuesday, June 28; and Thursday, June 30. The CDS Foundation Clinic is located at 416 E. Roosevelt Rd., Suite 102, in Wheaton.

Please consider donating a half- or a full-day of your talents to help. The clinic serves the working poor, persons experiencing homelessness and households earning less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Please contact Geralyn Pelka, Interim Office Coordinator, at 630.260.8530. To donate in support of the CDS Foundation Clinic or for more information about the Chicago Dental Society Foundation, please go to