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 is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.
The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
MetroHealth 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 research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.
Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.
The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.