‘Transformational gift’ modernizes College of Dentistry
College of Dentistry alumna Cissy Furusho examines equipment in pediatric dentistry clinic, similar to equipment donated for the new Integrated Clinical Technology Center.
The largest gift in the history of the College of Dentistry will modernize outdated clinical facilities, allowing the college to assist more patients and better educate its students.
The donation of $8.2 million in dental equipment and technology was made possible by a gift from the Guy D. and Rebecca E. Brunetti Foundation, an independent philanthropy that supports education, the arts and health care.
The equipment from KaVo Group, one of the world’s top three manufacturers, includes operatory delivery systems, handpieces, digital imaging equipment and more.
“This gift will transform our college,” said dentistry dean Bruce Graham.
“We will now be able to update our clinical facilities and create a new state-of-the-art Integrated Clinical Technology Center, which will encompass all of the college’s undergraduate and postgraduate clinics within the first three floors of our building.”
The Integrated Clinical Technology Center will encompass all 300 workspaces in college clinics staffed by undergraduate and postgraduate students.
“This is a wonderful example of how private donors and public universities can come together for the greater good,” said Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares.
“I am excited for the long-range impact this gift will have on the UIC College of Dentistry.”
The Brunetti Foundation is headed by Robert G. Brunetti, chief executive officer of ProCare Dental Group, which operates 14 dental offices in the Chicago area.
“I have seen over the past decade how UIC has assumed a role as a national leader in clinical dental education,” Brunetti said, “and helping to provide the resources to continue its mission and renew the clinical facilities was the right thing to do.”
KaVo Group president Vicente Reynal said he was “excited about the opportunity” when Brunetti approached him about working together to support the Integrated Clinical Technology Center.
“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,” Reynal said.
The College of Dentistry raised $37 million during its “Brilliant Futures: Educating a New Dentist for America” capital campaign, surpassing the $35 million goal.