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    EIOH volunteers are all smiles for the Shine a Light on Eastman Dental event.

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    Shining a light on Eastman Dental.

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    Cutting the ribbon for the new EIOH SMILEmobile.

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    The Eastman Saxophone Project of the Eastman School of music debuts the EIOH Centennial Fanfare.

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    Members of the Eastman Dental Centennial Team at the Stroll for Strong Kids to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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    Dr. Hester reads to children at a health fair in honor of National Children’s Dental Month.

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Centennial Fanfare

ESM Sax projectEIOH partnered with the Eastman School of Music, established by George Eastman in 1921, as the first professional school of the University of Rochester. The School of Music composed EIOH’s Centennial fanfare, which was performed by the Eastman Saxophone Project. The Eastman Saxophone Project joined EIOH and our new SMILEmobile for an event at the Rochester Public Market on October 1st , which included live performances of the fanfare and other music in addition to providing free oral cancer screenings for the community.

Time Capsule & Plaque Presentation

 EIOH will be unveiling the plaque that was given to the University by the George Eastman House. The unveiling will be incorporated with the presentation of a time capsule containing items representative of each EIOH Division. A key or note will be “buried” behind a brick near the plaque and the time capsule itself will be located offsite.  The time capsule will be opened in 50-100 years to demonstrate to the future EIOH generations their progress in the advancement of dental and oral health care, research, and education. Date and time to be determined.

George Eastman Museum Display


A small exhibit highlighting George Eastman’s legacy on dental health in Rochester and GEMbeyond is on the second floor sitting room of the mansion. The exhibit includes two display cases: one highlighting the founding of the Rochester Dental Dispensary and the other devoted to the international Eastman Dental Clinics.

Other Centennial-related activities in the works:

  • Check out our new video, highlighting EIOH’s patient care and community service, and another is in the works about EIOH's evolution and excellence in education and research. The videos will be shown during the Centennial gala, among other places.
  • Local artist Lynne Feldman is creating a painting that symbolizes EIOH’s research, education, patient care, and community service contributions.  Her progress will be documented on film and will be presented as part of the scientific symposium next year.
  • The original Dental Dispensary at 800 East Main Street has been renovated and converted to housing for seniors, called Holly Barone and Dr. OsterEastman Gardens.  The contractor was careful to incorporate elements of the old dispensary, whenever possible. The SMILEmobile will visit the facility when it opens.
  • EIOH's new SMILEmobile has had many outings for screenings and treatment, including nursing homes, refugee centers, day care centers, and other places where access has been a challenge.

Recent Centennial Events:

Leading the Way

George Eastman biographer and author Betsy Brayer and EIOH GEM lectureDirector Emeritus Dr. Cyril Meyerowitz spoke to a full auditorium recently about George Eastman's involvement with what is now Eastman Institute for Oral Health. Dr. Meyerowitz shared how the Institute has changed and well positioned for exceptional clinical care, education and research over the next 100 years. Later, Brayer signed Leading the Way books. To purchase a book, please contact Paula Sheppard.

Unique SMILEmobile Gives First-of-its-Kind Access

smilemobileEastman Institute for Oral Health presented a new, custom designed SMILEmobile that provides first-of-its-kind access to people with special needs, including older adults, people with developmental disabilities and other medically complex conditions.

The new unit is a self-contained, drivable, wheelchair-accessible dental clinic, unlike Eastman Institute’s three other SMILEmobiles, which are trailers transported to city schools to provide treatment to children. The new unit provides special services for adults, in addition to cleanings, x-rays, fillings, sealants, extractions and oral health education.

Joe LobozzoThe Lobozzo Family Advised Fund of the United Way of Greater Rochester donated the major funding to build the unit. Joseph M. Lobozzo II, local businessman and founder of JML Optical, said he and his family are excited about reaching hundreds of Rochester area residents whose oral health care needs often go unmet because of various challenges, including lack of transportation and few providers who are able to treat patients confined to wheelchairs.

“This new SMILEmobile gives immediate access to a myriad of agencies, group homes, and special needs centers,” Lobozzo said. “Such accessibility has never been offered in Rochester and is rare in other communities.”

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Shining a Light on Eastman Dental

night photo of Shine a Light Thank you to everyone who came out to kick off the Eastman Institute for Oral Health Centennial Celebration by Shining a Light on Eastman Dental!  The evening was a great success, as evidenced by the media coverage by Time Warner Cable News and the resulting photograph. Thank you to the many volunteers and photographers who lent their time and expertise in support of this event.

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See the video on how the historical photo was made!