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School of Dentistry cuts ribbon on new building, new era

The School of Dentistry's new home at 2109 Cuming St., was ceremoniously opened Saturday, Sept. 15, with a ribbon cutting and open house.More than 250 people turned out Saturday afternoon to help launch yet another Creighton University initiative – part of a bold, state-of-the-art future.

The Creighton School of Dentistry’s new home at 2109 Cuming St. was ceremonially opened with a ribbon-cutting and open house showcasing the 200,000-square-foot facility’s readiness to engage a new generation of dental students and serve a wider cross-section of the Omaha community.

“This has been long-awaited and is now joyfully celebrated,” said Thomas D. Berry, DDS’83, MD’88, president of the School of Dentistry Alumni Advisory Board, in welcoming visitors, alumni, faculty, students and community members to the ceremony.

Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, said the planning and construction of the building has been marked by visionary leadership, especially from School of Dentistry Dean Mark Latta, DMD.

“From drill bits to drain pipes, Dean Latta has weighed the details of every classroom and clinic, and has enlisted the best vendors as partners, to make the final product what it is,” Fr. Hendrickson said. “It is our great hope that this facility will far surpass your expectations, as we provide an outstanding clinical educational experience rooted in the principles of the Jesuit tradition.”

The new building, with its expansive new laboratory, clinic and educational space, can handle an increased student body population, as well as a patient volume forecasted to increase from 12,000 to 15,000 over the next three years, with roughly 60,000 annual visits expected.

“Our program will now have the physical tools and space to innovate our teaching, to bring simulation and small-group learning to our pedagogy and, most crucially, to significantly expand our oral health services to patients,” Latta said.

Opening to students in mid-August and to patients a week later, the new building has already proved a boon to both the student body and the community.

“I chose to attend Creighton so I could get the absolute best clinical education with a focus on both academics and the importance of treating the whole person,” said Tessa McDermott, a third-year dental student. “Access to more advanced technology will allow us to provide better outcomes for patients. I know when I leave Creighton, I’ll have the clinical experience and preparedness to succeed in the professional world as a dentist and I will be forever grateful.”

Students, faculty and administration lauded the financial and visionary leadership of donors in helping to bring about the $57-million facility. Donors include the Lozier Foundation, the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, the Robert B. Daugherty Foundation, the William and Ruth Scott Foundation, Dr. Jim and Mrs. Linda Bongers, Dr. Arne Ness and Ms. Anne Christensen, Dr. Marty and Mrs. Dee Halbur, Dr. Phil and Mrs. Ruthann Maschka, among others. See the full list, and a visual guide to the new facility, here.

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