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Permanent link  Tickets still available for the 150th Anniversary Gala


Join your colleagues to celebrate how the Chicago Dental Society has been Keeping Chicago Smiling for 150 Years at our 150th Anniversary Gala Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Shedd Aquarium.

Tickets are available now through Wednesday, Aug. 13 in the CDS Store for $125 each. You must be logged into the website as a CDS member to purchase tickets.  Non-members may purchase tickets by phone at 312.836.7300.

Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, as well as self-guided tours of the Oceanarium, beginning at 7 p.m.

Dinner will be served at 8 p.m. 

Stay to see the Caribbean Reef Dive at 9 p.m.

Seating is limited. Guests may purchase a maximum of two tickets to this event.


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Permanent link  Gov. Quinn signs bill to reform state Medicaid system


Medicaid bill signing

Adult Medicaid patients again will be eligible for dental care after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a measure reform of the state’s Medicaid system June 16.

After enacting wide cutbacks amid the state’s financial crisis in 2012, Gov. Quinn signed Senate Bill 741 at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, revamping Medicaid funding formulas and restoring preventative dental and podiatric care for adult patients, effective July 1.

Since 2012, adults enrolled in Medicaid suffering from tooth infections or other dental illness had little choice but to turn to hospital emergency rooms for care. In turn, local dental clinics and dental school clinics saw their patient loads dry up, cutting off learning experience for upper-classmen and forcing those patients with dental emergencies to turn to already overwhelmed hospital ERs.

The cost turned out to be enormous as well: a hospital emergency room visit costs $6,500, pushing up Medicaid costs overall as well as putting emergency dental treatment in the hands of medical professionals rather than dentists.

“This legislation is a critical step forward as we continue to reform our Medicaid system,” Governor Quinn said. “The reforms will help us modernize and streamline our Medicaid system to ensure we are working efficiently and effectively on behalf of taxpayers. Millions of Illinois residents depend on Medicaid for their health care needs and this law will help ensure we provide the services and protections they deserve.”

"We are ecstatic that that (the Legislature) reinstated the benefit,'' said Dr. Cheryl Watson-Lowry, chair of the Government Affairs and Access Advocacy Committee, noting that the Chicago Dental Society and the Illinois State Dental Society have been working hard the last two years to restore Medicaid funding for adult dental care. 

"Now we need to work on getting the word out among Medicaid recipients. These are people who were turned away for dental treatment before, and now they may not realize they can apply for and get benefits," she said..

Both the Chicago Dental Society and the Illinois State Dental Society strongly advocated for the return of adult dental care for Medicaid patients.


Permanent link  Instructions for buying tickets to CDS Summer Event at Ravinia


We hope you'l join your colleagues for a CDS Members-only special event at Ravinia Festival this fall. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 4, at 9 a.m.

Enjoy dinner under the Ravinia tent and reserved seating in the pavilion for a concert by this award-winning performer Saturday, Sept. 6. Carrie Underwood's career launched when she won the fourth season of American Idol and hasn't slowed down since. She has 18 #1 singles, several CMA and ACM Awards, 7 American Music Awards, 6 People’s Choice Awards, 9 CMT Music Awards, 12 American Country Awards, 9 BMI Songwriter Awards, and a Golden Globe nomination.  

Dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m. Dinner will include salads, chicken and brisket, and roasted potatoes; as well as beer, wine and soft drinks; and a sweet table.

To buy tickets:

  1. You must first LOG IN to Look in the upper right hand corner of our home page for a spot to sign in. You'll know you have been successful when it says, "Hi, YOUR NAME"
  2. Find tickets in the CDS STOREby clicking on the shopping cart in the upper left hand corner of the home page. Ravinia tickets are one of the featured items in the right margin of the page, or else you can find them under "tickets and events" on the left. You will not be able to see them unless you are logged in as a CDS member first.




Permanent link  CDS looking to hire new Director of Scientific Programs


Call for applications

CDS seeks Director of Scientific Programs

The director of scientific programs is responsible for the development, coordination and execution of educational and scientific programs, including clinician/speaker selection and contracting for Regional Meetings, webinars, and the Midwinter Meeting.

The individual must work closely with officers and their Midwinter Meeting program and education volunteer teams and CDS staff. This position includes staff liaison responsibilities with various Midwinter Meeting and standing committees. Travel is required. A dental degree preferred. This full-time position offers a competitive salary and full employee benefits. Position reports to Executive Director and Associate Executive Director.

Send confidential letter of introduction and résumé to:

Randall B. Grove
Executive Director
Chicago Dental Society
401 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60611-5585

Deadline for applications

July 31, 2014


Permanent link  Geiermann receives Golden Toothbrush Award


The Chicago Dental Society congratulates Dr. Steven Geiermann, who received the Golden Toothbrush Award from Erie Family Health Center last week. Dr. Geiermann was honored for his life-long commitment to making oral health care accessible. Among other efforts, he guided Erie Family Health Center when it opened its first oral health center, and he remains active with its Oral Health Advisory Council.

Erie Family Health Center maintains three oral heath centers in Cook County, serving 9,000 patients. A fourth center will open this summer in Lake County.

“For those who know me, they know I often quote my sainted grandmother,” Dr. Geiermann told the crowd assembled for the Erie Family Health Center’s Annual Luncheon at the Four Seasons May 29. “She always said, ‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get.’ We know that only one in five people at Erie Family receive oral health care; they’ve asked, and we’re still working to get care to them. It’s for that reason that I complement Erie Family on its effort at prevention, such as when they counsel pregnant moms about how to take care of their babies’ teeth.”

Dr. Geiermann is a retired Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service whose resume also includes posts with the American Dental Association’s Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations, Chicago’s Public Health Department and Indian Health Service. 

“My grandmother also said that accepting a gift honors the giver. I want to thank Erie Family Health Center for this honor,” Dr. Geiermann said.



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