Be Part of a Bright Future
Access to dental care is especially problematic for vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, whether they live at home or in a facility, low income children and adults, those with developmental disabilities, and people with medically complex conditions, such as cancer and various immune deficiencies.
We need your support to help us break down barriers and improve access. With your support, we can continue to educate and provide preventive services that will end the cycle. Our main campus facility, constructed 40 years ago, was intended to accommodate 40-50,000 patients visits a year. That capacity was surpassed 20 years ago. Our new urgent care clinic and treatment rooms have definitely helped, but the demand for high quality, efficient oral health services among the area's vulnerable significantly exceeds the supply. Won't you please join us in investing in the future of our community? Thank you!
Endowed Naming of the Director of Eastman Institute for Oral Health: $3,000,000
Supporting the salary, benefits research space, special projects, programming and areas of critical need honor acclaimed leaders who perform groundbreaking research, mentor junior faculty, and attract and train talented dental residents and researchers. Naming the Director position would link a donor's name with excellence in worldwide dental leadership in perpetuity.
Endowed Professorships and Teaching Fellowships: $750,000 to $1,500,000 or more
Professorships recognize and foster excellence and are among the most coveted and defining rewards that a faculty member can receive. These enduring funds will allow us to honor acclaimed leaders who perform groundbreaking research; teach and mentor dental residents, Ph.D. candidates, and junior faculty; and provide quality care to patients. Your generosity allows us to recognize, retain and recruit top leaders in academic dentistry and research. In addition, our support of teaching fellowships will ensure our practicing dentists and researchers are able to spend time educating future leaders in oral healthcare.
Naming Our New State-of-the-Art Specialty Care Dental Clinic: $1,000,000
In order to provide appropriate, specialized care for complex dental cases and patients who are medically compromised or have intellectual or developmental disabilities, we will create a new, multidisciplinary clinical space that will accommodate a variety of dental, physical, and behavioral needs. Currently a majority of patients with special needs, chronic or facial pain, or those with oral conditions that are caused by or present alongside complex medical diagnoses, are unable to receive appropriate dental care. Hundreds of these patients each year receive care under general anesthesia in an operating room at great cost and potential risk - not because it is necessary but because it is the only option for the patients. EIOH needs to build a dedicated space where special needs patients and those who would not be seen in our other clinics can receive care. As part of this commitment to serving underserved patient populations, our dental residents would receive hand-on training and exposure to caring for medically complex patients so that they will be more comfortable doing so when they complete their training and enter private practice. Prominent spaces in the new clinic can be named for $350,000 or more, depending on the space.
Endowed Postdoctoral Fellowships: $500,000 or more
Endowed fellowships provide significant work experience for clinicians to hone their skills and further explore a dental specialty, or for scientists to conduct in -depth research that advances oral health. Fellowships for international students can support a clinical division or more than one division of your choice on a rotating basis.
Research Innovation Funds: $100,000 to $999,999
Funding to support a laboratory or research project is vital to helping our dental residents, Ph.D. researchers, and faculty find better treatments and cures. You can support a young investigator, a new method for providing dental care, or a collaborative team working across disciplines and dental specialties on innovative discoveries and advances that will impact individuals around the world and in our community.
Department Focused Gift Opportunities
“No amount of money can demonstrate how much Dr. Caton has meant to me. Contributing to his fellowship is an honor.” --Dan Weitz, DDS (Perio’ 13)
“Watching Eastman Dental morph into the Eastman Institute for Oral Health has been exciting. For me, the new urgent care portion of Eastman Institute was a logical place to direct my commitment” Jack W. Howitt, AB, DDS (BA ’56, Pedo ’62)
Renovation Initiative Floor Plans and Naming Opportunities
View several interior design concepts for spaces throughout the building renovations. You can also view the floor plans and various naming opportunites.