Permanente Dental Associates has forty years’ worth of history, beginning with a federally funded grant to the Center for Health Research in 1969. Today, PDA is proud to partner with the Kaiser Permanente Dental Program to provide exceptional care in Oregon and SW Washington.
The Center for Health Research secured a five year, federally funded grant from the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) for a demonstration project designed to evaluate the benefits of a managed dental plan working in close association with an organized group practice medical delivery system (Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest).
1970 – 1979
||Opened first dental office. Membership was 5,000 – 6,000.
||Decision was made to design and market a prepaid comprehensive dental program to other interested groups in the Portland metropolitan area.
||Opened first dental office for general Health Plan members. James Pinardi was the first elected Dental Director.
||Second dental office opened. Membership reached 12,000.
||Third dental office opened. Our initial government contract expired and a subsequent unsuccessful bid caused us to lose that portion of our membership. With growth in our general membership areas, we were still able to maintain a membership of over 9,000.
1980 – 1989
||Opened dental offices in Salem and Vancouver. Began offering non-group enrollment on a limited basis. Membership had been increasing an average of 40i for the previous five years. Membership had now exceeded 35,000.
||Implemented our first Oral Health Appraisal Program (OHAP) designed to consolidate a number of services in one initial visit.
||Installed the Automated Dental Access Management (ADAM) system which consolidates the appointment making process, treatment records, and statistical data into a central computerized system.
||Rockwood Dental Office opens.
||The Dental Program reached a membership in excess of 55,000.
||Tigard and North Lancaster offices open.
||The North Interstate Services Building opens with dental offices. Clackamas Dental Office opens.
||Don Prasnikar elected as Dental Director. Hazel Dell, Grand Avenue, and Longview offices open.
1990 – 1999
||Cascade Park and Skyline dental offices open.
||The Eastmoreland Dental Office opens.
||Crestwood and MacArthur offices close.
||Glisan and Salmon Creek Dental opened.
2000 – 2009
||Aloha Dental opens.
||The Gresham Dental Office opens.
||Sunset Dental opens in its current location.
||John Snyder elected as Dental Director
||PDA founds the PDA Management System Organization (MSO) to act as the administering body for Permanente Dental Associates.
2010 – PRESENT
||The Dental Program launches the automated dental records system, AxiUm, converting from TEAM.
||Oregon City Dental opens.
||PDA’s first Journal of the American Dental Association cover article.
||The Dental Program now includes 200,000+ comprehensive members and 12,000+ PPO members
||PDA is again featured in the cover article of the JADA.
||Transition to Epic Wisdom– a fully integrated electronic record system– rolls out to the first offices.
||Cedar Hills Dental opens. Epic Wisdom transition completes to all dental offices.
We are the only region within Kaiser Permanente to operate a dental program. Permanente Dental Associates currently consists of 123 general dentists and 36 specialists; 105 of the group are Shareholders.