Oct. 10, 2011
Dedication, open house Oct. 14 for expanded UI dental facilities
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry will celebrate the expansion and renovation of its facilities for patient care, research, and educational programming with public tours and a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Oct. 14, at the Dental Science Building.
A 33,000-square-foot addition to the building features the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation Geriatric and Special Needs Clinic, the Faculty General Practice Clinic, and a multidisciplinary/clinical research area. The addition also houses the college's Department of Endodontics and its clinic, and expands classroom and student space. The new clinics are expected to open for patients Oct. 18.
The college's existing comprehensive biomedical research space in the Dental Science Building has been renovated in part with generous support from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust.
The Oct. 14 celebration is being held during Dental Alumni Weekend. Guests can enjoy refreshments and take self-guided tours of the Dental Science Building starting at 3 p.m. Remarks and the ribbon cutting follow at 4 p.m. Officials expected to speak at the event include UI President Sally Mason; David Johnsen, dean of the College of Dentistry; Lynette Marshall, president and CEO of the UI Foundation; and H. Garland Hershey, chair of the building campaign steering committee.
The addition is the first phase of a $62 million project to update and expand the college's facilities. The second phase -- renovating 90,000 square feet of the existing clinical space -- is scheduled for completion in summer 2015. The Dental Science Building opened in 1973.
Funding for the $62 million project includes state appropriations of $29 million, generous support from the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation as well as the Carver Charitable Trust, and donor commitments of more than $8 million to the UI Foundation from numerous alumni, friends, patients, faculty, and staff of the college.
"This building transformation will strengthen our culture of patient-centered care and nurture an environment of inquiry in clinical and translational research, which makes the College of Dentistry an invaluable resource to Iowa," Johnsen says. "The building campaign has been a grassroots effort, with more than 1,000 individuals so far making a gift. Our participation numbers and levels of support speak loudly to the loyalty for the college."
The College of Dentistry provides general and specialty treatment for adult and pediatric patients in the student clinics as well as faculty private practice clinics, all located in the Dental Science Building. The clinics receive about 150,000 patient visits each year.
Patients seen in the student clinics receive treatment at reduced fees, while under the close supervision of general dentists and dental specialists. The College of Dentistry is the only dental school in the United States with graduate programs in all dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.
For information on the private practice and student clinics, or to make an appointment for an initial screening, call 319-335-7499.
STORY SOURCE: UI Health Care Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Dr., W319 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009