“The gift is a part of our longstanding partnership with the Delta Dental Foundation,” said Kenneth Chance, DDS, dean of the school. “We know that this is going to get lots of equipment into the hands of our students, who will make a big difference in our community.”
Officials from the foundation, the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental operations in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and North Carolina, presented the school with a check at a ceremony at the CWRU Donor Appreciation Brunch on October 14.
The school’s interdisciplinary approach allows students and faculty to care for patients together with colleagues from the university’s other health-science schools, a method in which clinicians more effectively serve their patients, Chance said.
“The School of Dental Medicine has a reputation for excellence and a strong commitment to patient care and community service,” said Teri Battaglieri, executive director of the Delta Dental Foundation.
“We are very proud to provide $1 million to support the equipment and instrumentation needs of the School of Dental Medicine, which will offer high-quality care to patients and outstanding clinical educational opportunities for students,” said Battaglieri.
The gift represents the largest awarded to the school in a partnership that began in 2001 when the foundation provided its first gift to support student scholarship. The foundation supports annual student scholarships and leadership awards and provides financial assistance for community dentistry initiatives and preclinical education.
“For nearly 20 years, the Delta Dental Foundation has been a good friend to this university,” Chance said. “During that time, they’ve helped us to provide outstanding care to the Northeast Ohio community. We’re excited for the future evolution of our partnership.”