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University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry Announces Largest Gift Ever

The U of IL at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry announced the largest-ever gift in its history. The gift consists of $8.2 million worth of KaVo Group dental equipment and is made possible through the support of the Brunetti Foundation.

 
PRLog - Jan. 6, 2012 - CHICAGO -- Dean Bruce S. Graham of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry recently announced the largest-ever gift in the history of the College.

The gift consists of $8.2 million worth of KaVo Group dental equipment and technology and was made possible through the generous support of the Guy D. and Rebecca E. Brunetti Foundation.

With this gift, the College of Dentistry has raised more than $36.9 million during the Brilliant Futures: Educating a New Dentist for America capital campaign, exceeding its $35 million campaign goal.

Dr. Graham called it a “transformational gift,” noting the donation “literally will help us to transform our 39-year-old, outdated clinical facilities by creating a state-of-the-science Integrated Clinical Technology Center. The new center will encompass all of our undergraduate and postgraduate clinics within the first three floors of the dental school building.”

The Integrated Clinical Technology Center “will consist of 300 clinical operatories,” Dr. Graham said. “As we move forward, we are committed to perpetually maintaining our clinical equipment at the leading edge of technological innovation.”

Dr. Graham noted that the College recently created two new clinics: the Delta Dental of Illinois Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry Clinic and the Department of Orthodontics postgraduate clinic.

“They serve as our showcase clinics and stand for what we aspire to create throughout our dental school,” he said. “We are committed to renewing the remainder of our clinical facilities to introduce the same advances in digital technology.

“In addition, all of the renewed clinics will meet current and anticipated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards,” Dr. Graham continued. “More importantly, we will give our students the opportunity to learn their profession in an optimal environment.
“With this gift, we are on our way to fully integrating state-of-the-science technology to support our leading-edge clinical education,” he said.

The Guy D. and Rebecca E. Brunetti Foundation is an independent philanthropical and grant-making foundation which supports elementary, high school, and higher education; healthcare; fine arts; and religious education and other religious institutions in Illinois. Dr. Robert G. Brunetti serves as president of the Brunetti Foundation. He also is Chief Executive Officer of ProCare Dental Group, P.C., which operates 14 dental offices in Chicago and surrounding suburbs.

“The College was extremely fortunate that Dr. Robert Brunetti and the Brunetti family foundation shared in the College’s Vision of being the national leader in clinical dental education and understood our needs,” Dr. Graham said. “Dr. Brunetti realized that the College’s greatest need was a total transformation of our clinics.”

“The Guy D. and Rebecca E. Brunetti Foundation was honored to play a role in helping the UIC College of Dentistry to create the Integrated Clinical Technology Center,” said Dr. Brunetti. “Over the past decade, I have seen how UIC has assumed a role as a national leader in clinical dental education and the impact this has had on its dental students and the patients served by the College. Helping to provide the resources to renew the clinical facilities was the right thing to do.”

The KaVo Group includes the following companies: DEXIS, i-CAT, Gendex, Instrumentarium, SOREDEX, KaVo, Pelton & Crane, and Marus. The KaVo Group offers a complete integration of green technology, advanced imaging, and ergonomic patient care delivery systems.

“The College also was fortunate that Mr. Vicente Reynal, President, the KaVo Group, also understood the impact of what the Integrated Clinical Technology Center would mean for present and future generations of dental students, faculty, and patients,” Dr. Graham said.

“The only thing keeping us from being a great dental school is our outdated clinical facilities. This gift of equipment and technology provides us with a significant percentage of what we need to create our Integrated Clinical Technology Center. The new center has a total project cost of $21 million. This gift, and other Brilliant Futures Campaign commitments, bring us much closer to our goal,” Dr. Graham continued.

“In today’s world, in which oral health care delivery is so technologically based, we need to provide the students with the latest technology to give them a leading-edge education.

“The KaVo Group provides us with a unique diversity of technological equipment—operatory delivery systems, handpieces, digital imaging equipment, and more. And we are going to have an alliance with them far into the future, so our students will have access to every future technological innovation created by the KaVo Group. Their values are service, innovation, and creativity, and our College wants to be allied with those values,” Dr. Graham concluded.

Reynal said, “We saw the many benefits associated with the two new clinics in 2009, and we are confident that the entire dental student body—those in the DDS/DMD curriculum and in the postgraduate programs—will see a transformation in their clinical experiences by the time the renovation projects are completed.”

“When I became aware of the College’s plans to create the Integrated Clinical Technology Center to renew all of its dental clinics, I became excited by this challenge and wanted to help,” Dr. Brunetti explained.

“It was a pleasure meeting Vicente Reynal and other representatives of the company. I knew that if we could form a partnership, we could do great things for the UIC College of Dentistry.” Dr. Brunetti said.

“We saw this as a tremendous opportunity to impact dental education in a very tangible and significant way,” Reynal said.

"The KaVo Group was very excited when Dr. Brunetti and the Brunetti Foundation approached us with the opportunity to work with them to support the UIC College of Dentistry. We, too, understood what Dean Bruce Graham and the College were trying to achieve with the creation of the Integrated Clinic Technology Center and we felt that our product lines could play an important role in making that happen.

“KaVo benefits from this gift because this is a unique opportunity to show other leaders in dental education throughout North America how our multiple dental companies have come together under one umbrella to help a dental school transform its clinical facilities in a unique way,” Reynal said. “And, as KaVo introduces new advances in patient delivery systems, treatment care, and imaging, we will look to UIC to be a place where we can evaluate these new technologies in a highly productive and multi-layered clinical environment.

“I join with Dean Graham and the entire College of Dentistry community in celebrating this transformational gift,” said UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares. “I also would like to extend my gratitude to the Guy D. and Rebecca E. Brunetti Foundation for this extraordinary gift. This is a wonderful example of how private donors and public universities can come together for the greater good. I am excited for the long-range impact this gift will have on the UIC College of Dentistry.”

The College is located at 801 S. Paulina St. in Chicago. More than 320 students are in the DMD Program and International Dentist Degree Program. Specialty programs are offered in Orthodontics, Endodontics, Restorative Dentistry, Periodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, with 80 postgraduate students enrolled across these programs. The College annually provides 90,000 patient treatment appointments in its clinics, for 27,000 patients in active treatment.

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The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry offers the DMD dental degree and various dental specialty degrees, and provides oral healthcare to patients.The College is located at 801 S. Paulina St. in Chicago. More than 320 students are in the DMD Program and International Dentist Degree Program. Specialty programs are offered in Orthodontics, Endodontics, Restorative Dentistry, Periodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, with 80 postgraduate students enrolled across these programs. The College annually provides 90,000 patient treatment appointments in its clinics, for 27,000 patients in active treatment.

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