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AZ: Donated Mobile Dental Chairs to Augment Midwestern University Community Outreach

February 21, 2013

by Office of Communications

Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation donation at CDMA
Posing with new portable field chairs, from left to right: Russell Gilpatrick, D.D.S., Dean, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona (CDMA); Kevin Bodily, third-year dental student, CDMA; Sandi Perez, Ph.D., Vice President of Communications & Community Benefit, Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation; Shari Olson, Executive Assistant, Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation; Amy Gavin, fourth-year dental student, CDMA; James Pashayan, D.D.S., M.A.Ed., Clinical Associate Dean, CDMA.

On Tuesday, February 11, Midwestern University's College of Dental Medicine-Arizona (CDMA) was pleased to greet two welcome new additions.

Two new mobile dental chairs, donated to the University by the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation, are the newest assets in CDMA's campaign to promote good dental health across the Valley of the Sun. Valued at over $1,800 apiece, the chairs are highly portable and provide dental faculty and students a convenient and patient-friendly way of providing screenings and treatments at remote events such as Midwestern's Team of Physicians for Students (TOPS) athlete screenings and the student-run Health Outreach through Medical Education (H.O.M.E.) program, which provides free medical clinics for homeless shelters in the Phoenix area.

Officers from the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation presented the gift-wrapped chairs to CDMA Dean Russell Gilpatrick, D.D.S., and Assistant Dean James Pashayan, D.D.S., at Midwestern University's Dental Institute.

The donation continues Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation's close relationship with Midwestern. The Foundation is a VIP Partner with the University, annually contributing to events that raise funds for student scholarships, and also sponsors CDMA's annual Super Sealant Saturday event, where students and faculty provide free sealants to kids to prevent cavities and oral health education for them and their families. All told, the Foundation contributes $20,000 per year to Midwestern University causes.

Founded in 1997, the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation was created to promote oral health and prevent dental disease in children and youth through age 18, with a particular emphasis in underserved and uninsured communities. Since its inception, the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation has provided more than $5 million in community grants to oral health promotion and dental disease prevention programs in Arizona. For more information on the Foundation, visit

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