KaVo gives $8.2M in equipment to dental school

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry has received the largest-ever gift in the history of the college.

The gift consists of $8.2 million worth of KaVo Group dental equipment and technology, and was made possible through the support of the Guy D. and Rebecca E. Brunetti Foundation.

With this gift, the UIC College of Dentistry has raised more than $36.9 million during the Brilliant Futures: Educating a New Dentist for America capital campaign, exceeding its $35 million campaign goal.

Dean Bruce Graham, DDS, called it a "transformational gift," noting the donation "literally will help us to transform our 39-year-old, outdated clinical facilities by creating a state-of-the-science Integrated Clinical Technology Center. The new center will encompass all of our undergraduate and postgraduate clinics within the first three floors of the dental school building."

The center will consist of 300 clinical operatories, according to Dr. Graham.

The dental college recently created two new clinics: the Delta Dental of Illinois Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry Clinic and the Department of Orthodontics postgraduate clinic, he noted.

Robert Brunetti, DDS, serves as president of the Brunetti Foundation. He also is CEO of ProCare Dental Group, which operates 14 dental offices in the Chicago area.

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