History

Founded in 1970 by Dr. Charles Smith, HealthPark has grown to include the widest variety of general dentists and specialists practicing together outside of The Ohio State Dental College. Based on the philosophy of “Helping People Help Themselves”, we believe that people deserve to choose their level of health and our job is to provide the dental care they want. Our group started when Dr. Smith invited an oral surgeon friend (Dr. Douglas Vrudny) to come into his practice one day a week to handle extractions and wisdom teeth removal for his patients. This worked so well for the patients and both dentists, that this relationship lasted 20 years – and blossomed into Dr. Smith inviting several other specialists in on different days of the week.

As the number of dentists increased, we added staff and our patient growth exploded. To ensure high quality care, Dr. Smith discovered the national Baldrige criteria based on the American Society for Quality standards for organizational excellence – and he began evaluating HealthPark Dentistry against these quality standards starting in 1992. In 1999 we received the top award for the Dayton area Quality award and then we started applying at the state level. The application process for this award involves writing a 50 page application and hosting a 6-8 person team of examiners for a week into the practice. This team generates a feedback report that we use to improve our office. After realizing the value of this independent, third-party evaluation, we discovered the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care – focused on patient safety and security. We take turns applying for each of these awards every three years.