Bassett Appoints Carpenter
As 1st Chief Dental Officer
COOPERSTOWN – Leah Carpenter, DMD, has been appointed Bassett Healthcare’s first chief dental officer, Dr. Steven Heneghan, chief clinical officer, announced yesterday.
In the new role, she will be responsible “for quality oversight and integration of various dental programs offered in the region,” Heneghan said.
Heretofore, Bassett’s dental services at Hamilton-Madison Health Center, O’Connor Hospital Dental Clinic in Delhi, FoxCare Dentistry in Oneonta, and school-based services have operated independent of each other, he said.
“Bringing these services together under one department and the leadership of Dr. Carpenter will help enhance the delivery of care and assure a consistency of quality standards,” Heneghan said.
Carpenter joined Bassett in 2013 in school-based services, plus per diem at O’Connor. Previously, she was in private practice in Fly Creek.
A graduate of Bennington College, she received her M.D. at St. John’s College, Annapolis, Md., and her doctor of dental medicine degree at the Universit of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, N.J.
Her residency was as Faxton St. Luke’s in Utica. She is certified by the American Dental Association.
Dr. Chris Kjolhede, who heads Bassett’s school-based program, reported Carpenter was able to do an in-school root canal. “She is committee to the prevention of tooth decay, no small task in Upstate New York, where most children don’t have access to fluoridated water,” he said.
“Dr. Carpenter is loved by her patients and their families,” said Jane Hamilton, who manages the school-based program, “and will be a great chief of the network’s new dental department.”