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Non-Profit Report: Eastman Dental Center


The Eastman Dental Center was founded in 1915 as the Rochester Dental Dispensary by community stalwarts George Eastman and William Bausch, as well as other community leaders. The dispensary was dedicated to the children of Rochester providing preventive and restorative dental care, regardless of their ability to pay. Under the more than two-decade-long direction of Dr. Basil Bibby, the dispensary’s national and international reputation grew as specialty education and research programs were developed, and adults were also accepted as patients. In 1965, the name was changed to the Eastman Dental Center to honor George Eastman’s crucial role in its development, and to reflect its broad range. In 1976, the center moved from its Main Street address to its present location neighboring the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Today more than 300 faculty, staff and dental residents are dedicated to furthering the center’s vision to be pre-eminent in the education of dentistry’s future leaders from around the world through patient-centered, research-based postdoctoral programs.
Some 25,000 children and adults in the Rochester area receive comprehensive oral care–and research is conducted–in the following areas:
–General dentistry for healthy and medically compromised adults.
–Orthodontics relating to irregularities of the teeth and their correction, plus the study of problems relating to jaw growth and development.
–Pediatric dentistry for younger people age 18 and under and those with disabilities.
–Periodontology that examines the treatment of diseases of the gums and bone supporting the teeth.
–Prosthodontics including replacement of teeth with dental implants, bridges, or complete or partial removable dentures, plus crowns, bonding and complex restorative work.
–Oral sciences involving chemistry, physics, lasers, biochemistry, electron microscopy, microbiology and the application of science via intraoral studies.
–Community dentistry consisting of oral epidemiology and clinical research, and outreach programs of clinical care and education for children of low-income families.
Special programs include geriatric dentistry, oral pathology and the Smilemobile, which consists of mobile dental offices stationed from four to six weeks on school or day-care-center grounds, providing dental care for children.
Eastman Dental Center’s executive director is Ronald Billings DDS, MSD.

Financial Record Year ended Dec. 31, 1994
Revenue %
Patient fees $5,158,000 43.72
Gifts & income from funds 3,285,000 27.85
Government grants 1,795,000 15.22
Private grants 1,208,000 10.24
Tuition 263,000 2.23
Other 87,000 0.74
Total revenue $11,796,000 100

Patient care $4,610,000 39.26
Research 3,327,000 28.34
Education 1,640,000 13.97
Building 839,000 7.15
Depreciation 686,000 5.84
Support services 639,000 5.44
Total expenses $11,741,000 100

Dr. Wilfred Springer, president; retired, Westfall Dental Group
Howard Berman, vice president; president and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the
Rochester Area
Robert Hurlbut, vice president; president, Hurlbut Trust
Richard Crawford, treasurer; of counsel, Underberg & Kessler
Croft Hangartner, secretary; retired, Mobil Chemical Co.
Carl Sassano II, assistant treasurer; senior vice president and president of the contact
lens division, Bausch & Lomb Inc.
Bruce Bates, senior vice president, financial consultant, Smith Barney Inc.
Dr. Robert Berg, professor emeritus, University of Rochester
Dr. John Billen, Rochester Periodontal Group
Paul Briggs, retired chairman and CEO, Rochester Gas and Electric Corp.
Judge Arnold Ciaccio, Monroe County Surrogate Court
Max Farash, president and CEO, Farash Corp.
Thomas Gosnell, retired chairman and CEO, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
Douglass Harvey, retired, Eastman Kodak Co.
James Henderson, retired chairman of the board, Sedgwick James of New York Inc.
Dr. Robert Joynt, professor of neurology, University of Rochester
Dr. Paul La Celle, senior associate dean of academic affairs and research, professor and
chair of biophysics, University of Rochester, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Louis Langie, retired vice chair, Chase Lincoln First Bank
Marsha Lehman, general manager of dental products, vice president, health sciences
division, Eastman Kodak Co.
Sally Leiter, president, Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County Inc.
William Richardson, western region executive, Chase Manhattan Bank N.A.
Marshall Spurlock, president and CEO, Anthony L. Jordan Health Center
Elaine Wilson, civic leader
Robert Witmer Jr., partner, Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle LLP

Researched and written by Julie K. Welch


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