By Douglas Hackleman - June 8, 2016

The Price Family Radiology and Imaging Clinic—a comprehensive rebuild of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry’s (LLUSD)imaging clinic—is the consequence of a cross-school, intergenerational, intra-family collaboration between Loma Linda University father and daughter alumni—Hal Price, M.D., and Ginger Price, D.D.S. Dr. Price joined her parents in a total contribution of $621,000 toward the renovation of LLUSD’s imaging services.

The formal dedication of the Price Family Radiology and Imaging Clinic was held in Prince Hall’s newly remodeled main entrance and waiting room on February 24, 2016, and was the first event of the 56th annual LLUSD Alumni Student Convention.

Dr. Price, who maintains a cosmetic dentistry practice in Phoenix, AZ, personally accepted the appreciation of Loma Linda University and School of Dentistry administrators, faculty and students on her own behalf and that of her father, who died unexpectedly in October 2015, just five months after receiving (with his wife, Virginia) Loma Linda University’s Distingu

ished Humanitarian Award at its 2015 School of Medicine conferring of degrees.

Drs. Dailey, Price and Abramovitch stand at the patient check-in windows of the Price Family Radiology and Imaging Clinic.

Ronald J. Dailey, Ph.D., Dean of LLUSD, welcomed the attendees and described the Price family generosity as representative of “alumni who continue to make the school’s future not just possible but better.” Richard Hart, M.D., Dr.P.H., President of Loma Linda University Health, expressed the feelings of Loma Linda University’s administration for the kind of 

alumni Loma Linda University schools produce, referring to those from the School of Medicine and School of Dentistry “who do not forget the blessings their education at Loma Linda made possible to them and to those for whom they administer their professional care.”

The revitalization of the school’s imaging capabilities, that the Price family gift made feasible, was not an indulgence. Among the 109,863 patient visits to the LLUSD’s predoctoral clinics during 2015, 12,486 procedures were performed at its overburdened radiology clinic.

Kenneth Abramovitch, D.D.S., M.S., Chair of the Department of Radiologic and Imaging Sciences, described some of the advantages the Price family renovation made possible:
 
  • Expanded access to windows and the natural lighting that brightens the clinic and the morale of all who work there.
  • Widened corridors with easier access to the clinical spaces.
  • Two additional intraoral rooms (from 11 to 13) that increase workstation capacity by nearly 20% and facilitate patient evaluations by reducing waiting time for procedures.
  • Fourteen additional digital workstations (from 21 to 35) that expand the image viewing capacity by 67%.
  • An additional extra-oral/cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) unit (from two to three) that represents a 50% increase in extraoral imaging capacity.
  • Two additional sinks that facilitate the increased demands for standard infection control procedures.
The upgrade of the radiology clinical suite centralizes the majority of the school’s radiology services, and elevates its oral radiology and imaging services to the most current, 21st century technology standards.

“‘You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give,’” senior dental student James Fedusenko, President of the LLUSD Class of 2016, quoted from Winston Churchill as he thanked the Price family as “a perfect example of people who understand this concept. The radiology clin

Dwight Rice, D.D.S., Associate Professor, instructs at a digital viewing/reading room workstation.
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ic renovations simultaneously improve the care we are able to provide our patients and enhance the patients’ experience,” Mr. Fedusenko concluded.

Courtesy of Douglas Hackleman, M.A., Director of Publications, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry

 

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