The Ahmanson Foundation to Upgrade IT Infrastructure at the Venice Dental Center
The Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center (VDC) was recently awarded a generous grant from the Ahmanson Foundation to support much-needed upgrades to its IT infrastructure.
The IT upgrades are expected to be completed in approximately nine months and will enhance patient flow by improving VDC’s billing and communications with the Westwood Clinic. The grant will also help the VDC address the increasing volume of patients that come to the clinic.
The Ahmanson Foundation was established in 1952 and strives to enhance the quality of life and cultural legacy of the Los Angeles community.
Patient Services at the Venice Dental Center Get a Boost from the Nicholas Foundation
More good news came for the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center (VDC) in the form of a $50,000 grant to help support its patient care services. The grant was given to the VDC by the Nicholas Endowment – a private foundation with the vision of enabling individuals to reach their full potential in today’s society. The funding will help provide vital dental services to low-income and indigent patients in West Los Angeles and its surrounding communities.
As a result of the economic crisis and the elimination of coverage for patient care of adults previously covered by the Adult Denti-Cal program, over 3 million Californians lost dental coverage for oral health care and treatment. With the Endowment’s support, the VDC can continue to improve the oral health of the community by providing both basic and specialty services to this large population of low-income and uninsured patients.
Support Our Special Needs Patient Care
Barbara Smith had a difficult time finding dental care services for her son, Mark, a 23-year-old male who has Down syndrome. She was incredibly relieved to find out that the Hospital Dentistry Clinic at the UCLA School of Dentistry would provide treatment for Mark.
“It was a challenge finding a dentist who would see my son,” says Barbara. “There was a waiting list to be seen at the UCLA specialty clinic, but once we were seen, I couldn’t be happier with our care and the quality of service.”
Today, the need for improved health services, including general dentistry, for special needs patients that have a developmental disability couldn’t be more apparent. Unfortunately, many private dental clinics decline to take special needs patients, who tend to be more complex and difficult cases. Furthermore, reimbursement rates are less for these cases, as more time is required in providing treatment for this population.
Ways to Give 101: Build a Legacy that Moves Dentistry Science Forward
The UCLA School of Dentistry is dedicated to providing educational programs that rank among the most prestigious in the country and to delivering cutting-edge patient care and research.
Alumni, faculty and friends support our mission in a variety of ways, including through their estate. These types of gifts provide simple and accessible solutions for building your legacy while helping to ensure the School’s excellence for future generations. Here are a few examples:
- Remember the UCLA School of Dentistry in your will or living trust (some gifts can even help lower estate tax).
- Establish a charitable gift annuity and receive an income stream for life and tax benefits, while supporting the School.
- Make a gift from your IRA through the charitable IRA rollover provision and lessen taxable income.
There are many other types of estate and deferred gift opportunities. Please contact us for complete information or for sample bequest language. You can also contact Mallory Gompert at the Office of Development for a confidential conversation.
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The Apollonian Society
Founded by alumni and friends, the Apollonian Society is dedicated to funding initiatives that enhance the student experience and strengthen the reputation of the UCLA School of Dentistry. The Apollonian Society helps to fund the annual White Coat Ceremony, the patient care subsidy fund, student scholarships and new state-of-the-art equipment. Recently, the School completed its initiative to install computers and monitors in each cubicle in the predoctoral clinic to facilitate paperless charting and digital imagery to improve patient care.