September 2012, Volume 16, Number 4


College Meets Region’s Growing Dental Care Needs

The Dental Hygiene Clinic at MDC’s Medical Campus will become an even greater community asset thanks to a new grant from the Health Foundation of South Florida.

The funds will help equip an entire clinical suite with new, state-of-the-art dental chairs, complete with networking capabilities for electronic medical records, chair-side data entry capabilities and a monitor for patients to view images and receive dental care education.

Enhancing Patient Care

Already on the forefront of dental care education trends thanks to its excellent professors and strong partnerships with both Peñalver Clinic and Nova Southeastern University, MDC will use these new resources to further elevate its acclaimed clinic, which serves more than 2,000 patients from the community each year.

“The community and our students will be the primary beneficiaries of this wonderful gift,” said Medical Campus President Dr. Armando Ferrer. “The new chairs will help ensure that students are trained on the use of the latest industry-standard equipment, and the technology will also contribute to improved efficiencies and patient care.”

Improving Community Health

The Health Foundation of South Florida has offered generous support to MDC’s Medical Campus in the past few years with more than half a million dollars in grants. Aligning closely with the community goals of MDC’s dental clinic, the Foundation is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. The organization supports programs that promote wellness and prevent disease, making a measurable and sustainable impact on the health of individuals and families in the region.

“This grant empowers our students to emerge from MDC with the most up-to-date knowledge of their field and a more comprehensive understanding of how to better serve patients and communities through technology,” Ferrer said.


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