Delta Dental of Oklahoma

Spring 2013

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From left: College of DentistryStephen K. Young, Delta Dental Scholar Melissa French, John Gladden, President and CEO of Delta Dental, OU President David Boren and CoM Dean Dewayne Andrews celebrate Delta Dental’s historic gift to OU.

From left: College of DentistryStephen K. Young, Delta Dental Scholar Melissa French, John Gladden, President and CEO of Delta Dental, OU President David Boren and CoM Dean Dewayne Andrews celebrate Delta Dental’s historic gift to OU.

The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry building, located on Stonewall Avenue in Oklahoma City, has been home to OU’s dentistry students, faculty and staff since 1976.  During that time, only minor renovations and technology upgrades have been made to the facility. Now, all that’s about to change.



A $3.2 million lead gift from Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation has boosted the $20 million Legacy Project capital campaign to create a state-of-the-art teaching facility for tomorrow’s dental professionals.  The Delta Dental gift increases to $9.6 million the total raised toward the first phase of the building renovation.

“Our business and our Oral Health Foundation depend on having a supply of the best trained dentists throughout the state,” said John Gladden, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Oklahoma. “Having a dental school in our state means we have more dentists across the state, which positively impacts the oral health of our population.”

The gift, which is both the largest gift Delta Dental has ever made and the largest single gift the college has received, will be disbursed over a 10-year period. Gladden said it is both an endorsement of the quality of education provided by the OU College of Dentistry, as well as support of new technologies and the teamwork approach for better oral care in the future.



“These significant renovations will ensure the college remains competitive with other national dental schools in technology and contribute to further enhancing the overall quality of oral health care in this region,” said Stephen K. Young, DDS, dean of the OU College of Dentistry.



In recognition of the gift, OU President David Boren is recommending that the OU Board of Regents name the dentistry building’s Comprehensive Care Clinics Floor for Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation. The Comprehensive Care Clinics Floor will be composed of three clinics, modeled into nine comprehensive group practices. These practices will consist of a group of students led by faculty mentors, with students spending an entire semester in a single practice, coordinating each aspect of a patient’s oral health care as they would in an actual practice setting.



Other areas to undergo extensive refurbishment during the first phase include the first-floor commons, reception area and foyer, student locker rooms and lounge. A new grand atrium also will be added to the first floor and will open onto the existing courtyard. Planned future construction phases will include renovation to various specialty clinic areas, including those supporting periodontics, orthodontics, endodontic and pedodontic training.  Architectural firm Bockus Payne Associates Architects will oversee the renovation.



In addition to the $3.2 million for capital support, Delta Dental of Oklahoma, headquartered in Oklahoma City, has provided more than $1.6 million to the College of Dentistry for scholarships, equipment and technology needs, and community service opportunities, including providing care for uninsured and underinsured populations.

The OU College of Dentistry is home to the state’s only doctor of dental surgery program and baccalaureate degree program in dental hygiene. More than 60 percent of Oklahoma’s dentists are graduates of the OU College of Dentistry. Delta Dental has been a longtime supporter of the College of Dentistry Indigent Care Program, recently contributing an additional $50,000 to indigent care.