A new Hospital Dentistry program was recently established on the first floor of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry, within the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS). The clinical facilities include three standard outpatient rooms and one larger room, as well as in-room computers and a workstation with access to both the University of Illinois Medical Center (UIMCC) computer patient database and the College of Dentistry’s AxiUm database. The facilities are used for both Hospital Dentistry and Oral Medicine activities.
“Oral Medicine relocated from across the hall on the first floor to create additional space for the planned Clinical Research Center project,” explained Dr. Michael Miloro, Head of OMFS. “We welcome Oral Medicine in this area and together essentially created a new clinical unit within a department, that being Hospital Dentistry within Oral Medicine. In most cases, patient care is expedited due to the proximity of our clinical treatment facilities, since many of these UIMCC patients will require OMFS services.”
Along with Dr. Miloro, the Hospital Dentistry program and area were established through the work of Dr. David M. Clark, Dr. Richard Monahan, Dr. Kenneth P. Trch, Dr. Harvey A. Wigdor, and Dr. Indru C. Punwani at UIC. Also providing assistance has been Chief Medical Officer William Chamberlin, University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, with the support of Dean Bruce S. Graham, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.
The Hospital Dentistry program provides a means by which UIMCC patients can have much-needed dental services performed in a timely fashion. Candido Rivera, Dental Assistant I, acts as the contact person for the UIMCC medical and surgical services, and he coordinates the scheduling and daily activities of the Hospital Dentistry program, along with the OMDS faculty.
In addition, the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery clinic on the first floor has a new sterilization area. “The previous sterilization room was out of date and in need of upgrading,” Dr. Miloro said. “The current area contains state-of-the-art equipment and cabinetry and is now organized for the proper workflow through the entire space, to proceed in an orderly sequence from a nonsterile to a clean environment.”
Construction was completed on the sterilization area in March 2011, and the entire project was done within a matter of a few months. The project was paid for with departmental and state funding. “We are very proud of this new sterilization unit, and we are glad that Lola Leach-Gary, Sterilization Technician, is in charge of the organization and daily activities within this sterilization unit,” said Dr. Miloro.