A-dec Delivers Operatories to New Dental Building


Truck after truck of operatory equipment has been arriving at OHSU School of Dentistry’s new facility on South Waterfront (065 S.W. Meade, Portland, Oregon, 97201) for installation before the expected move in summer of 2014. By mid-December, 32 trucks delivered the operatory equipment for the two group practice pre-doctoral clinic floors in the Skourtes Tower of the OHSU/OUS Collaborative Life Sciences Building.

The operatory equipment is part of a nearly $4 million gift from A-dec to the school’s $43 million “Our Moment is Here” campaign. A-dec has also contributed $1 million in cash to the campaign, bringing its total commitment to nearly $5 million.

“It looks beautiful,” said A-dec Inc., President Scott Parrish, on a recent tour. “It is a luxury to start from scratch in outfitting an entire dental school.”

For dental students, providing care in the generously-size operatories—each 10’ x 12’—will be like stepping out into the real world, said Dean Emeritus Jack Clinton, D.M.D. `64. With its light oak cabinetry, built-in instrumentation, sink, dental unit and light, and 5.5 foot walls for privacy, “the operatories are incredible,” he said. “Each one looks exactly alike, which is what you want in a clinical setting.”

The pre-doctoral clinic has six “group practices” divided between floors eight and nine of the dental school’s north tower. There are 63 open and three closed operatories serving three group practices on each floor.

The Broadway, Fremont, and Hawthorne group practices are on the eighth floor, with the Sellwood, Steel, and St. Johns on the ninth.

“OHSU School of Dentistry’s multi-decades long relationship with A-dec is invaluable,” said Dean Phillip Marucha, D.M.D. `64. “We so appreciate A-dec’s generosity in helping to make our new dental facility state-of-the-art for dental students and patients. We look forward to building upon our foundation with A-dec in the years to come.”

In the coming weeks, more A-dec trucks are expected to deliver equipment for floors 10, 11, and 12, which includes the school’s new simulation space, postgraduate programs, and faculty dental practice.

To make a gift to the $43 million Our Moment is Here campaign, please contact Mark Kemball, kemballm@ohsu.edu.