From left: Shannon Miller, Jeanne Barr, Jessi McKee, Niki Connell

Quality care in a no-judgment zone

May 19, 2022
Each week, the PIRA program honors one or more RDHs who excel in their role. This week, four hygienists share the spotlight for their work in an FQHC.
Jackie Sanders, MBA, RDH, Chief editor, RDH magazine

Each week the RDH PIRA (Patient Impact & Rise Above) recognition program, sponsored by Water Pik, Inc., features a dental hygiene clinician (or four) who excels in their role and goes the extra mile. The past two years have been a challenge for many clinicians and as we return to the operatory, we want to acknowledge those who provide patient care—clinicians who are changing their patients’ lives, influencing their patients’ health, and making a difference every day. This week we honor the Grin Getters.

Who are the Grin Getters?

There's no way this hard-working group of dental hygienists could have nominated just one among them. So all four are this week's PIRA recipients. Jeanne Barr, PHDH, RDH, Shannon Miller, PHDH, RDH, Jessica (Jessi) McKee, RDH, and Nicole (Niki) Connell, PHDH, RDH, are  colleagues at a rural federally qualified health center (FQHC). Their experience runs the gamut: Jeanne has been with the company for 30 years and a mentor to many hygienists through the years. Shannon has been with the company for 16 years, Niki for 14, and Jessi for one.

From their nomination:

We work for a rural FQHC that serves more than five counties. Patients drive upwards of an hour to come to our facility not because this is their only option, but because they know they are going to receive quality care in a no-judgment zone! I can't say enough great things about my co-hygienists and what we all do day in and day out. With the job market the way it is, we have definitely all had opportunities to work in a private practice for more money, but we choose to continue in public health because we know that what we do makes a significant impact on our patients’ daily lives.

Visit the PIRA website to nominate someone today! Good luck, and we look forward to hearing from many outstanding and qualified colleagues!

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About the Author

Jackie Sanders, MBA, RDH | Chief editor, RDH magazine

Jackie Sanders, MBA, RDH, has over four decades of continual career development and experience in dentistry. As the chief editor of RDH magazine, she strives to remain a proactive personality in the continual advancement of the profession. She has been defined as a motivated trendsetter and dependable colleague and is inspired by her true passion of helping others to achieve their personal goals. 

Updated February 28, 2022