MATTOON — Lake Land College presented Heartland Dental with the 2019 Business Partnership Award at the April board of trustees meeting. Craig Kabbes, executive vice president, technology and patient marketing at Heartland Dental, accepted the award.
Heartland Dental is the nation’s largest dental support organization providing non-clinical administrative support services to 1,400 supported dentists in more than 900 dental offices across 37 states.
“Heartland Dental has been an invaluable industry partner and Laker Alumni supporter. Lake Land College looks forward to new collaborations on the horizon,” Lake Land College Board of Trustees Chair Dave Storm said.
Heartland Dental recently provided the Lake Land College Foundation with a generous gift of $850,000 worth of new dental units, chairs, advanced equipment and an enhancement lab for students.
“Due to the financial support of Heartland Dental, the college purchased computers and documentation software for every workstation in the clinic,” Division Chair Allied Health/Nursing Instructor Karla Hardiek said.
The enhancement lab allows students to work one-on-one with instructors for extra practice helping students increase confidence with lab equipment. After working one-on-one with an instructor, students have expressed more confidence in their skills during hygiene clinics.
Heartland Dental is dedicated to the continuing education of dental hygienists in the local community. In addition to being a clinical location for dental hygiene students, Heartland Dental also provides internship opportunities for the business division, professional development opportunities and mentoring opportunities through the Alumni Association, as well as consistently hiring Lake Land College graduates.
“We are honored by this nomination and greatly appreciate the relationship we have with Lake Land College and we look forward to continued partnership,” Patrick C. Bauer, president and CEO of Heartland Dental, said.
For more information about the Heartland Dental Dental Hygiene Lab and the dental hygiene program at Lake Land College, visit lakelandcollege.edu/dental-hygiene.