JUNEAU - SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium pediatric dentist Dr. Kim Hort is one of 14 recipients nationwide to earn the 2006-07 Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists.
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The Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award honors dentists who score in the top 3 percent of the 2006-07 American Board of Pediatric Dentristry qualifying examination. Dr. Hort returned to SEARHC in August 2007 after completing a residency program in pediatric dentistry at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, which was administered by Lutheran Medical Center of Brooklyn, N.Y. She started work as a general dentist with the SEARHC Juneau Medical Center in August 2000, but took a leave of absence in May 2005 so she could receive the specialized training in pediatric dentistry.
"I think this award speaks to the quality of practitioners SEARHC has been able to employ," said Dr. Tom Bornstein, DDS, SEARHC Director of Dental Services. "It also speaks to the high professional standards Dr. Hort has set for herself. Obviously we are quite proud of her for achieving this level of excellence, though, quite frankly, not too surprised."
Dr. Hort earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Albright College of Reading, Pa.
Hort is a candidate to earn board certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She already has passed the written qualifying exam - which is why she will receive the Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award - and she's scheduled to take the the oral clinical examination that completes the application in March 2008.
When she passes the oral exam, she will be granted Diplomate status by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Hort is SEARHC's first permanent pediatric dentist based in Juneau, and she provides pediatric dental services for children younger than 18 years old who are enrolled in the State of Alaska's Denali KidCare program and Medicaid. Denali KidCare is a state program that provides health insurance and access to health care for Alaska resident children younger than 18 of working and non-working parents, and for expecting mothers who meet income guidelines. SEARHC partners with the Denali KidCare program to provide pediatric dental services around the region.
For more information about the Denali KidCare program and its eligibility requirements, contact the SEARHC Juneau Medical Center Dental Clinic at 463-4041 or go to the Denali KidCare Web site at www.hss.state.ak.us/dhcs/DenaliKidCare/.