Delta Dental Foundation investment marks long-term partnership in the future of academic dentistry at CWRU

A new $1 million gift from the Delta Dental Foundation will help furnish Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine with an array of new equipment to better serve patients.

“This gift is a part of our long-standing partnership with the Delta Dental Foundation,” said dental school Dean Kenneth Chance. “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.”

Guests at a brunch for the School of Dental Medicine

Guests at the brunch where the gift was announced.

Officials from the Delta Dental Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental operations in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and North Carolina, presented the dental school with a check at a ceremony at the CWRU Dental Donor Appreciation Brunch Oct. 14.

The dental school’s innovative 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 can 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.”

The Delta Dental Foundation’s gift represents the largest awarded to the dental school in a partnership that began in 2001, when the Delta Dental Foundation provided its first gift to support student scholarship. The foundation supports annual student scholarships and student leadership awards and provides financial assistance for community dentistry initiatives and pre-clinical 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.”

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