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New Pediatric Dentistry Clinic

The spacious reception area in the
School of Dental Medicine's new
Pediatric Dentistry Clinic features a large
play area on one side creating a comfortable setting for children while they wait to be seen in one of the ten operatories such as this one.


The School of Dental Medicine opened a new Pediatric Dentistry Clinic in January providing a state-of-the-art environment for patient care and clinical instruction.

"We are excited by the positive step this new facility represents in the School's commitment to improving access to dental care for all children, including those with special needs," notes Dean Raymond Fonseca. "The clinic will not only enable us to better serve the children of West Philadelphia, but also provide our graduates with the clinical training they need to more effectively treat this population as they enter professional practice."

This 4,400-square-foot facility located on the ground floor of the School's Thomas W. Evans Building at 40th and Spruce Streets, features ten fully equipped dental operatories, including four which are specially designed for special needs children and those cases requiring sedation. All ten operatories are wheelchair accessible and also have nitrous oxide availability, their own x-ray units, and computer ports for the future use of digital radiography, paperless patient records, and voice recognition capability for dictating records.

"This clinic is unique among dental school clinics in its design--few have individual operatories as we do," says Dr. Mark Helpin, associate professor-clinician educator and chair, department of pediatric dentistry.

The clinic's other features include a patient education/conference room, a sedation/recovery room, an oral hygiene education area, two computer work stations, a business/reception area, a panoramic radiology room, a darkroom, a clinical laboratory, a handicapped-accessible lavatory, and the School's pediatric department faculty and staff offices.

In designing the clinic, (by Philadelphia-based firm of Paul Steege & Associates) creating a welcoming environment for children was a priority. The Pediatric Dentistry Clinic can be reached at (215) 898-8979.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 23, February 19, 2002


February 19, 2002
Volume 48 Number 23

Penn has again proven to be the launching pad for presidents of colleges as two Penn people (Diver & Fry) are tapped for such posts where they will each be the 14th president come July 1.
GSE will have an acting dean in the fall while Dean Fuhrman will be on a scholarly leave.
The architecture department loses an award-winning long-time lecturer to cancer at the age of 51.
The Dental School opens a dental clinic specifically for children.
Phasing out the Wharton Evening School program which led to a bachelor of business administration brings changes and options.
The Government Affairs Update includes President Bush's budget proposal, Mayor Street's budge and Penn's Commonwealth Appropriations.
A description and composite sketch of the assailant who is wanted in connection with rape at the Sheraton Hotel as well as safety tips from Public Safety.
Penn Video Network and ISC now offer production and distribution services as well as streaming video and videoconferencing