Healthy partnership

From left, Gary E. Eddey, MD, Matheny vice president and chief medical officer; Kimberly Elmore, Delta Dental community relations administrator; Carl Chaityn, DDS, Delta Dental Foundation board member; Dennis Wilson; Diane Belle, Delta Dental vice president of corporate communications; Gene Napoliello, DDS, Delta Dental Foundation president; and Steve Proctor, Matheny president.

The Delta Dental Foundation of New Jersey provided the initial funding to help Matheny build the dental clinic that is part of our Center of Medicine and Dentistry. And through the years, Delta has continued to provide substantial funding to support our mission of providing dental care to people with disabilities, both within our hospital and in the community.

In September, Dennis G. Wilson was named president of Delta Dental of New Jersey, succeeding Walter VanBrunt, who retired. On October 29, Wilson, accompanied by several other representatives from Delta Dental and its foundation, visited Matheny for the first time to see the dental clinic and learn about Matheny’s dental program. The group also visited the Robert Schonhorn Arts Center, home of Matheny’s Arts Access Program, which enables individuals with disabilities to fully express themselves in the creative arts.

Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation Inc. is Delta Dental’s philanthropic arm and provides financial support to various organizations throughout New Jersey and Connecticut to help them reach underserved populations. The financial support Matheny receives from Delta, according to Steve Proctor, Matheny’s president, “has been a key to the success of our dental clinic. Without that funding, we wouldn’t be able to continue to serve hundreds of individuals with developmental disabilities.”