Creighton University broke ground Sept. 15 on a new 200,000-square-foot School of Dentistry building to be located at 21st and Cuming streets. The $84.5 million project is scheduled to be completed in July 2018.
The new building will increase the number of patients served from 12,000 annually to 15,000. Patients come from all walks of life in the Omaha area and many otherwise would not have access to regular dental care.
“Service to patients across the spectrum coupled with a vision for innovation has long been at the heart of the curriculum in the Creighton School of Dentistry,” says Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ. “In this new facility, faculty and students together will be able to expand those parallel missions, finding the best ways to compassionately care for all patients and making the latest treatments available.”
According to Mark Latta, DMD, dean of the School of Dentistry, the new facility will accommodate a modest enrollment gain, offer more clinic space, and feature enhanced labs, classrooms, research space and offices. Most importantly, says Latta, it will expand Creighton’s outreach to underserved patients.
“For more than a century, the Creighton University School of Dentistry has served a vital role in the community by supporting the oral health care needs of the region’s citizens. We are dedicated to educating the nation’s premier dentists and providing comprehensive, compassionate oral health care to all of our patients,” says Latta.
“A larger, updated and technologically advanced facility will allow us to meet the growing demands of our dental program, our patient base and the national population. As we look toward our vibrant future, we will continue our commitment to an outstanding clinical education experience rooted in Jesuit principles that underscore our care of those in need.”