Seneca Nation’s chief dental officer named ‘Provider of the Year’

IRVING – Joseph Salamon, D.D.S., was recently named the Nashville Area Dental Provider of the Year by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Indian Health Service (IHS).

The award recognizes “exceptional initiative in establishing a quality improvement program that has resulted in the Seneca Dental Program being recognized as the most improved dental program in the Nashville Area,” said Dr. Timothy Ricks, director, Nashville Area Office of Public Health.

Salamon accepted the award during the December 14 IHS Honor Awards and Promotion Ceremony held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The Nashville Area serves the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) member region from Maine to Florida and the Carolinas to Texas.

“While this is an individual award,” Salamon said. “It reflects the collective work of the doctors and professional staff to enhance the delivery of quality dental care to the patients of the Seneca Nation Health System. It truly is a team effort.”

An SNHS staff dentist since November 2009, Salamon currently serves as the chief dental officer based at the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Health Center. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and his doctorate in dental surgery from the SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.

Salamon maintains professional memberships in the: American Dental Association, New York Dental Association, Hawaii Dental Association, Eighth District Dental Society, Kauai County Dental Society and the National Health Service Corps.

“The role of good dental hygiene and preventative dental care is too often overlooked in its direct, positive impact on the quality of life for our patients. Consequently, we are truly delighted with what Dr. Salamon has accomplished during two years as chief dental officer,” said SNHS Chief Executive Officer Alan Barlow. “Through his leadership, our dental program has undergone visible change and improvement, with a focus on providing value to our patients that aspires to the highest levels of dental care in the industry. Dr. Salamon’s professionalism, experience, energy and commitment are reflected in the attitudes and work ethic of his dental team, and we join the Indian Health Service in congratulating Dr. Salamon on this accomplishment.”

The Seneca Nation Health System, as the Seneca Nation Health Department, began serving the Seneca community April 1, 1976 providing health care and a variety of dental services through two health centers – the Lionel R. John Health Center on the Allegany Territory and the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Health Center on the Cattaraugus Territory – and Community Health and Wellness Centers. The SNHS serves as a role model in the health care field for Native American tribes and is dedicated to providing the best quality health services available to all members of the Seneca Nation and Native Americans who are eligible to receive these services.