We’re sure you’ve had those moments that Hollywood couldn’t even write a screenplay about. We know we did. The power of community in business drives us to work in a more unified manner and achieve goals outside of our individual businesses and practices.
We had one of those powerful experiences on June 23, 2017 at the Florida Dental Conference in Orlando. And by the way, we want to thank Elizabeth Bassett and the team at FDA for their outstanding exhibitor relations, coordination, and smooth operations of this years show!
As Video Dental settled in for the second day of the show, we wanted to really support our CareTeam philosophy with some “random acts of kindness” throughout the show. It’s a part of who we are. The show provides great opportunities for everyone to begin new relationships, support the industry at large, and contribute across the entire scope of why the practitioners do what they do…the passion to provide great dental health care. So, being a little on the extroverted side, we wanted to just randomly approach people (when the time felt right) and simply give them an iCAM Intraoral Camera as a random act of kindness. No strings attached!
So down the aisle we observed a group of dental professionals who walked with an obvious sense of great purpose, confidence in care, and bright engaging personas. That’s all we knew about them and it would be the firm bedrock of who these professionals would turn out to be.
So we approached them in the aisle as they passed our booth and simply stated, “We would like to extend to you a gift of this iCAM Intraoral Camera.” After a slight pause, and what felt like a moment of our recipient ascertaining what the possible catch might be, they gratefully accepted the camera and begin to talk with us. It’s at that moment that we understood the presence and glow heading down the aisle from moments ago.
As we spoke with Patti Hansen, she explained to us that the camera was a gift that had extra meaning. Her and her colleagues are part of the dental services team with HEP in the Tampa Bay community. HEP has a considerable mission — to eradicate homelessness in their area. Homelessness for veterans, children, and all citizens. Their approach is entirely holistic and their track record of success and fiscal responsibility is making a great impact on Tampa citizens seeking to gain maximum self sufficiency and stability in a community that genuinely cares.
Specific to the dental services provided by HEP, the team works with many veterans through a relationship with the local VA. As well, they provide dental care for those with health conditions arising out of lack of proper and consistent dental hygiene and healthcare.
So not only was it beyond a Hollywood story, it was our privilege to meet the team from HEP at the Florida Dental Conference . That was only the opening of a door. Today, we have gotten closer with HEP and are moving as fast as we can to support their efforts. We challenge the dental industry to always reach beyond the common parameters of practice and business to find your “beyond Hollywood story”.
Click to learn more about the work at HEP and we have provided a direct link to their donation page (in which they are ranked by Charity Navigator as a Four-Star charity…a rating in which only 4% of the nations charity have been bestowed.)