Dean Bruce S. Graham of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry recently announced the largest gift in the college’s history. The gift, $8.2 million worth of KaVo Group dental equipment and technology, was made possible through the generous support of the Guy D. and Rebecca E. Brunetti Foundation. An independent philanthropic and grant-making foundation, the organization supports primary, secondary, and higher education, health care, fine arts, religious education, and other religious institutions in Illinois.
Dr. Graham called it a “transformational gift,” noting the donation will “transform our 39-year-old, outdated clinical facilities by creating a state-of-the-science Integrated Clinical Technology Center.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 college had recently created two new clinics: the Delta Dental of Illinois Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry Clinic and the UIC Orthodontic Clinic. “They serve as our showcase clinics and stand for what we aspire to create throughout our dental school,” said Dr. Graham. “We are committed to renewing the remainder of our clinical facilities to introduce the same advances in digital technology.” He also indicated that all of the renewed clinics would meet current and anticipated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.
“With this gift, we are on our way to fully integrating state-of-the-science technology to support our leading-edge clinical education,” said Dr. Graham. “In today’s world, 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, hand pieces, 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.”