Philanthropy Focused

Heartland Dental Founder and CEO contributes locally and nationwide.

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North perspective of Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Complex

Heartland Dental strongly values giving back locally and nationwide. A significant driver in upholding this priority is Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Rick Workman. Dr. Workman understands the importance of giving back. In 2013, Dr. Workman supported many organizations and worthy causes.

This past October, the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation appointed Dr. Workman and his wife, Angie, as recipients of the 2013 Richard E. Siemer Outstanding Philanthropist Award. This annual award recognizes those who have shown remarkable commitment to their community by offering philanthropic support and demonstrating exceptional leadership.

“I grew up in Illinois. I’ve experienced first-hand the generosity, friendliness and determination of the people who live and work here,” explained Dr. Workman. “It was the perfect place to build Heartland Dental from the ground up, and I’m honored and humbled to help the area and its people continually flourish.”

The Workmans have an extensive history of supporting the region through charitable assistance, working with a number of nonprofit organizations in communities in and around the Effingham, Illinois area. One of their most recent contributions particularly stands out. As part of their recent $6.1 million contribution to the Effingham Community Foundation, $5 million will go toward a 60,000 square-foot sports center in Effingham. Providing first-class recreational opportunities for the community, the Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Complex will house an eight-lane competition pool, a recreation and therapy pool and a multi-sport fitness facility.

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Pool-area rendering of Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Complex

“This project will positively impact both the residents of Effingham and the area itself,” said Dr. Workman. “With the complex, people of all ages will have a new place to spend their leisure time as well as improve their health. This facility will also increase the overall appeal of Effingham, spurring new local business development, increasing employment and attracting more visitors and overnight guests.”

"With the complex, people of all ages will have a new place to spend their leisure time as well as improve their health. This facility will also increase the overall appeal of Effingham, increasing new business development, employment and attracting more visitors and overnight guests."

Rick Workman, DMD

Rick Workman, DMD
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Heartland Dental

Also, in Arizona, the Dr. Rick Workman Advanced Care Clinic opened in September. A generous donation from Dr. Workman and Angie to the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health supported the state-of-the-art clinic. The first of its kind in Arizona, the over 10,000-square foot facility is expected to serve 7,500 people in its first year and serve as a training site for students and residents. The clinic provides comprehensive care for individuals with complicated oral health needs or medically complex conditions including cancer, cardiac disease, renal disease, bleeding disorders and physical and developmental disabilities.

The new clinic has been outfitted with over $1 million in state-of-the-art equipment and technology, including 3D imaging. Designed for ease, the office and its five operating suites boast oversized doorways, reception and consultation areas to accommodate wheelchairs, as well as a bariatric suite.

“I feel it’s very important to give back to dental education and dentistry in general, both for the sake of patients and future dentists,” added Dr. Workman. “This clinic has the ability to help so many with not only their oral health needs, but overall health needs as well. It will also provide dental students the chance to further their skills and knowledge.”

From the Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Complex to the Dr. Rick Workman Advanced Care Clinic, the generosity of the Workmans is helping people across the nation live happier, healthier lives.