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2017 Community Impact Awards, Business of the Year (Midsize/Small Companies): Delta Dental of Washington

Plus: Silver Award winner CFO Selections.

By Teresa Kenney October 25, 2017


This article originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of Seattle Magazine.

TOOTH SENSITIVITY: Delta Dental of Washington CEO Jim Dwyer wants everyone to have a healthy smile.

Location: Seattle | Employees: 350
Top Exec: Jim Dwyer, president & CEO

In 1954, a pilot program was created in Washington to provide longshoremens children with dental care. A pioneer in dental benefits, the program grew to include adults and, in 1965, it joined like-minded groups to form the Delta Dental Plans Association the largest dental benefit provider in the country. Twenty years later, children were once again front of mind when Delta Dental of Washington founded the Arcora Foundation, the largest oral health foundation in the state.

Its programming includes the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry, which trains physicians caring for young children to deliver preventive oral health services during checkups. With its partners, the foundation helped to reduce by half the number of lower-income preschoolers with untreated tooth decay and invested in community health clinics and centers, adding 200,000 additional patient visits each year since 2006. Patients in rural areas are served through the foundations SmileMobile, a clinic on wheels that provides care to more than 40,000 children and pregnant women in underserved communities across the state.

While weve made significant progress to improve oral health in our state, were not even close to being done, says Jim Dwyer, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Washington. We believe everyone deserves a healthy smile and good overall health. The programs we run are designed to do just that.

Location: Bellevue | Employees: 88
Top Exec: Kevin Briscoe, CEO

Businesses seeking interim or project-focused chief financial officers and controllers turn to CFO Selections. Nonprofits looking for a helping hand turn to CFOS Foundation, the companys charitable arm and a component fund of The Seattle Foundation.

In the past 10 years, CFOS Foundation has donated more than $475,000 in grants and provided more than $3.5 million in service discounts and pro bono work for area nonprofits, such as Treehouse, Art with Heart, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Millionair Club.

See the full list of 2017 Community Impact Awards winners here.

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