Willamette Dental to install amalgam separators in 51 dental offices
Willamette Dental is taking measures to help protect the environment by installing amalgam separators in 51 dental offices located in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The separators will remove mercury and mercury-containing items from dental wastewater and can reduce up to 95% of discharged mercury...
PORTLAND, OR, Oct. 13, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Willamette Dental is taking measures to help protect the environment by installing amalgam separators in 51 dental offices located in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The separators will remove mercury and mercury-containing items from dental wastewater and can reduce up to 95% of discharged mercury.
"As the largest evidence-based dental care provider in the Northwest, our philosophy is to provide the highest quality care in the safest manner possible," said Eugene C. Skourtes, D.M.D., board chairman of Willamette Dental. "Our proactive approach will protect not only our patients and staff, but the environment as well. The Washington and Oregon State Dental Associations, along with local government, believe the most effective approach to properly control dental office waste is to implement a voluntary compliance program, one in which Willamette Dental is pleased to participate.
"The amalgam separators will cost approximately $1,700 per each of their 51 dental offices. It's an investment Willamette Dental is willing to make in order to have a healthier environment," said Cynthia Earle, health and safety coordinator for Willamette Dental.
For more information on Amalgam Separators, visit your local dental society or American Dental Association website at www.ada.org.
About Willamette Dental
Willamette Dental provides full-service dentistry at more than 50 offices throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Willamette Dental Insurance Inc., which operates under the Willamette Dental umbrella, underwrites and manages employee group dental plans for those three states, and individual plans in Oregon and Idaho.
Willamette Dental Management Corp. was founded in 1997 as the administrative umbrella for Willamette Dental (Oregon), Willamette Dental of Washington Inc., and Willamette Dental of Idaho Inc. It's headquarters are in Beaverton, Ore.
Willamette Dental Group, the original group practice, was founded in 1970 in Portland, Ore.. Willamette Dental Group Washington was created in 1993. Dental services in Idaho have been provided through Willamette Dental of Idaho since 1999.