Dr. Gregory Heintschel named Senior Associate Dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine
The MetroHealth System and Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine are proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Gregory P. Heintschel, DDS, MBA., as Senior Associate Dean for the MetroHealth Campus of the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Heintschel serves as Chair of the Department of Dental Medicine at MetroHealth. He also serves as a Clinical Associate Professor at CWRU’s School of Dental Medicine. In his new role, Dr. Heintschel will oversee the planning, assessment and implementation of the school’s teaching and research programs at the health system.
“I am honored in the privilege which has been extended to me with this new position,” Dr. Heintschel said. “The platform of this position will allow the full expression of my passion and commitment in the creation of the most admired dental system in the country. Working alongside one of the most committed and compassionate teams in dentistry, we will continue to serve, and improve the service to the underprivileged and educating dental leaders and the practitioners of the future.”
Dr. Heintschel joined MetroHealth in 2018 and CWRU last year. He previously served as president and chief executive officer of My Community Dental Centers, a Michigan-based nonprofit provider of dental services with 37 facilities and $60 million in revenue.
“As a committed and dedicated member of our administrative team for almost a year, Dr. Heintschel has deepened our understanding of the significance and opportunities to provide oral health care together for our citizenry,” said Kenneth Chance, the dean of the Dental School.
“Dr. Heintschel has done a tremendous job positioning MetroHealth’s dental practice as a vital resource for the community as the hospital system transforms its campus and neighborhood,” said Dr. Bernard Boulanger, Chief Clinical Officer at The MetroHealth System. “This leadership position at the dental school will enhance and strengthen the affiliation between CWRU School of Dental Medicine and The MetroHealth System."
In 2017, a new affiliation between Case Western Reserve University and The MetroHealth System was launched to align the university’s School of Dental Medicine with Cleveland’s public hospital system. The goal was to provide a range of oral health services to the Greater Cleveland Community and expand clinical and research opportunities for dental students and residents.
Dr. Heintschel also serves the professional community at large. He currently sits as a member of the Ohio Dental Association’s Council on Access to Care and Public Service, and looks forward to serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Dental Association later this spring. He also has national involvement as a member of a working group for dental patient safety for the American Dental Association’s Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention.
He earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and secondary comprehensive science from the University of Toledo. He also earned a degree as Doctor of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University.
Dr. Heintschel lives in Avon Lake with his wife Heather.
The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building and the 25 acres of green space around it are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.
MetroHealth broke ground on its new hospital in 2019. The project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 40% and its number of employees by 21%. Today, its staff of 8,000 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75% of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.