Waldron Dentist Receives Major Award From ICD
R. Mark Bailey, DDS, recognized for community service, Operation Stand Down
SHERWOOD, Ark.—A Scott County dentist received the Distinguished Deputy Regent Award at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the International College of Dentists (ICD) in Orlando last week.
R. Mark Bailey, DDS, of Waldron, was recognized for his many outstanding community activities, especially his leadership of the Arkansas Chapter of the ICD and its Operation Stand Down. This nationwide ICD project offers free dental care to veterans as part of Veteran’s Day celebrations. Dr. Bailey spearheaded the inaugural campaign in Arkansas last year and is leading current preparations for the 2023 event, which will be offered on November 3 at six dental clinics across the state.
Dr. Bailey is a longtime Delta Dental of Arkansas Corporate Board of Directors member.
“The Distinguished Deputy Regent Award is among the highest professional honors/achievements I’ve ever received in connection with my profession,” he said upon notification from the ICD. “I am so very thankful that I’ve been so blessed to practice dentistry for so long and on countless thousands of patients.”
Dr. Bailey has operated his Waldron practice since 1984, treating residents of Scott and surrounding counties.
He is a Fellow in both the International College of Dentistry and the American College of Dentistry and has served as ICD Deputy Regent for the past two years.
Now in its second year in Arkansas, Operation Stand Down will be hosted by the Arkansas International College of Dentistry and coordinated by the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs at six locations: Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Arkadelphia.
Veterans must request an appointment for dental care services by emailing Gina Chandler at the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 501-682-6487. Proof of discharge papers, a DD214, will be required for verification purposes.
Veterans will be assigned a specific appointment time at the regional site clinic nearest to their location. Appointments will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Priority will be given to acute or urgent treatments. No walk-ins will be accepted on the day of Operation Stand Down.
The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation provided a $15,000 grant for dental supplies to be shared among the participating dental clinics. Other financial supporters include ArcBest of Fort Smith, Patterson Dental Little Rock, and Edmonds Dental Supply of Springfield, Mo.
About Delta Dental of Arkansas
Delta Dental of Arkansas is the largest dental benefits provider in the state, helping more than 800,000 Arkansans keep their smiles healthy through commercial and Medicaid coverage. As a not-for-profit company, Delta Dental is committed to improving the oral health of Arkansans through the philanthropic efforts of its Foundation, which donated more than $3 million to support oral health education initiatives in the last three years. For more information, visit https://www.deltadentalar.com/