August 13, 2009
Faculty and staff of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department recently held an open house to showcase the refurbished surgical suites at the San Francisco campus. Guests were invited to see the new operatories, meet the oral surgery faculty and staff, and watch a demonstration of the facility's new video streaming capabilities.
Construction of the oral surgery clinic began in early May and was completed by mid-July. The clinic's new features include a post-sedation recovery area and larger operatories, which allow for wheelchair access and more room for students to observe procedures.
In addition, the oral surgery suites feature state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, including two new high-definition plasmas screens and remote-controlled cameras. The equipment gives the school the capability to videoconference procedures to classes throughout the campus, or record procedures for use in continuing education classes. Another feature is the hospital-grade operating light which gives a very intense light for procedures without heat, due to the use of an LED light source. This lighting feature is very low maintenance because there are no bulbs to service.
"Our whole department is very proud of this new state-of-the-art clinic and excited about the potential this gives us to treat patients and to educate students in a hands-on way," said Dr. Anders Nattestad, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery. "This is a unique oral surgery facility among dental schools due, in part, to its technical and audio-visual capabilities. We're glad to see the new surgical suites open and in use to benefit our students and patients from the community."
The remodel was made possible, in part, through alumni and friends' support of the Dean's Fund for Excellence, the school's annual fund. This fund allows Dean Ferrillo the flexibility to enhance the institution and the opportunity to meet any challenges that arise without using student tuition.
Additionally, almost half of the funding for the project was provided from both a federal Hill-Burton facilities improvement grant and Special Care Funds. These funds were raised over many years through the efforts of the Pacific Center for Special Care, under the direction of Dr. Paul Glassman and Christine Miller, co-directors of the center. This money was raised for the purpose of improving oral health for people with disabilities who face multiple barriers in obtaining oral health care.
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