Pennsylvania Dental Journal March April 2018 - Page 31

Members of the Pennsylvania Dental Association Dental Identification Team (PADIT) HISTORICAL TIMELINE 1868 -2018 1994 Camille Kostelac- Cherry, Esq. appointed as new PDA executive director. 1987 1995 1996 The House of Delegates makes official the creation of DentalComp, Inc., PDA’s wholly-owned dental insurance company that promotes and sells direct reimbursement dental plans. PDA’s Central Office building expansion project begins with ceremonial groundbreaking for the $1.5 million expansion and renovation project. 1996 1996 PDA expanded our National Children’s Dental Health Month program and activities to include lesson plan kits for every third grade classroom in the state and a statewide coloring contest that included cash prizes, education bonds and incentives. 1995 PDA’s Expanded Function Dental Assistants (EFDA) legislation becomes law as it is signed by Governor Robert P. Casey. The law created a new category to perform procedures under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. CONTINUES ON PAGE 30 1990 1985 The PDA Forensic Odontology Committee formed the Pennsylvania Dental Association Dental Identification Team (PADIT). 1994 U.S. Air Flight 427 crashes near Pittsburgh. An advance team of 14 members of the Pennsylvania Dental Association Dental Identification Team (PADIT) is activated to the crash site on Sept. 9 to assist in identifying the 132 crash victims. 1988 The civil suit involving PDA and Blue Shield ends with summary judgment in favor of PDA in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. 1994 1986 PDA launches the Pennsylvania Prevent Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness (PA P.A.N.D.A.) coalition to assist dentists in preventing child maltreatment. The coalition brought together PDA and 10 other organizations to educate dental professionals on identifying and reporting child abuse. Dr. John W. Staubach, PDA President 1994-1995 No matter what other affiliations we have, we must keep in mind that we comprise a framework. A framework that consists of each member supporting one another. If we lose a support here and there, the entire framework will progressively weaken and surely collapse into a useless heap. (in his 1995 address in Pittsburgh) MARCH/AP RIL 2018 | P EN N SYLVAN IA DEN TAL JOURNAL 31