Proctor & Gamble donates $100,000 to update mobile dental unit
The School of Dentistry’s mobile dental van awaits upgrades made possible by a $100,000 donation from Proctor & Gamble.
Since July 30, 2002, the School of Dentistry has been deploying a 30-foot, two-chair dental mobile unit, donated by Proctor & Gamble. “Hundreds of patients” says Fred Kasischke, DMin, associate dean, admissions and service learning, “have received excellent dental health care provided by our students and faculty serving in this fully equipped mobile clinic.”
The unit is used weekly in underserved neighborhoods near Loma Linda University, and faculty and students also provide care in the unit at various health fairs.
Heavy usage over the past five years has contributed to deterioration. Exterior paint on the mobile unit is fading and equipment inside needs to be replaced or upgraded.
“On August 14, 2007,” says Dr. Kasischke, “it was with surprise and deep appreciation that the School received a donation of $100,000 from Proctor & Gamble to refurbish the mobile unit.”
Gary Peterson, regional representative, Proctor & Gamble, who orchestrated the original gift in 2002, was instrumental in securing this donation.
“An upgraded mobile dental unit,” says Dr. Kasischke, “will provide enhanced dental health services to those in need in our area.”
By Fred Kasischke, DMin, and Nancy Yuen