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Dr. Steven M. Pilipovich and team members

Doing Good in the
Dominican Republic
Last November, several Townies flew to the Dominican Republic
for a weeklong mission trip and to inaugurate the newly opened
training center at the Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana. It
was one more milestone in an evolving vision to provide dental
care to the La Romana community.
They are benefiting from more than only dental care-
friendship, training, a new perspective on patient care and
opportunities for better lives are all byproducts of the work your
colleagues, their teams and others who work in dentistry are
doing to help those in need.
Scheduling Institute (SI) and World Mission Partners have
coordinated dental mission trips to Costa Rica and the Dominican
Republic for several years. Since 2014, 120 doctors and 817
team members have treated more than 6,700 adult and pediatric
patients, providing everything from cleanings and fluoride varnish
to extractions and fillings.
Dr. Steve Pilipovich and his team of 16 participated in the
first pediatric mission. Pilipovich says he found it rewarding to be
able to teach young dentists pediatric techniques they'd never
seen before, but most rewarding of all was the reaffirmation
that "I seem to have been blessed with a God-given talent for
delivering great dental care to kids, along with my team. Being
able to take that on the road, so to speak, and deliver services
that those kids wouldn't have gotten otherwise. ... It really makes

a difference in how we
feel about ourselves.
We've been reminded
that the heart of our
practice, and the very
reason we got into this
business, is to help
Moises Sifren, left, executive director of
people."
Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana,
His team members
Dominican Republic, and Scheduling
echoed his sentiments,
Institute founder and CEO Jay Geier.
he said. "We've
seen such a change
in our team. You come back more culture-minded, caring,
compassionate individuals. You value the care you give your
patients more than the paycheck you receive for the work you do.
Interactions become more relational than transactional; you take
more time to nurture individual relationships."
The training center was a project started by SI CEO Jay Geier
to give the hospital a place to conduct trainings for its employees.
"We have already learned so much from American dentists and
through SI training," said hospital executive director Moises Sifren.
"We are learning about culture, team-building, communication,
leadership and standards of excellence. We are especially learning
how to treat patients well."
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