Delta Dental Gives $340,000 to LSU Dental School For Auditorium Renovation

Donation is Part of Ongoing Effort to Help State’s Only Dental School Following Hurricane Katrina Disaster

June 5, 2008

San Francisco, CA — Delta Dental Insurance Company announced today its donation of $340,000 to Louisiana’s only dental school to help renovate an auditorium damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Nearly three years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated LSUHSC’s campus in New Orleans, which housed the only dental school in the state. Students and faculty were subsequently relocated to a temporary campus some 80 miles away in Baton Rouge, where they remained for two years, returning to the New Orleans campus last August.

Repairs to the dental school’s hurricane-damaged auditoriums address a critical need because they are often used for student lectures, graduation activities, continuing education courses, alumni events, faculty development workshops, donor recognition events and other special presentations.

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Delta Dental spearheaded contributions totaling $380,000 to LSUHSC and its students, including a $25,000 grant to the dental school, a $35,000 unrestricted educational grant and a check for $1,000 given to each of the 312 LSUHSC students after the hurricane devastated the campus. With this most recent contribution, the company has now pledged close to three quarters of a million dollars to help LSUHSC in its continuing recovery.

"The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is no longer front-page news, but still greatly affects many people," said Marilynn Belek, DMD, executive vice president and chief dental officer for Delta Dental. "That’s why we continue to assist this future generation of Louisiana dentists and help them complete their training. We’re proud of how they’ve risen to the challenge amidst this great adversity, and we’re pleased to work with LSUHSC."

"It is difficult to express how much we appreciate the incredible support of Delta Dental over the past two and a half years — the cash gifts to our students following Hurricane Katrina, the support of our many special events, and now this exceptional gift of $340,000 to assist in the renovation of Auditorium C," said Eric Hovland, DDS, dean of the LSUHSC School of Dentistry, "All of us — faculty, staff and students — are extremely grateful."

The auditorium renovation is expected to begin in early October 2008.

About Delta Dental

Delta Dental Insurance Company, Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of Pennsylvania and its affiliated Delta Dental member companies are part of the Delta Dental Plans Association, the nation’s largest dental benefits system, which jointly covers about 50 million of the estimated 169 million Americans with dental insurance.

About LSUHSC’s School of Dentistry

The School of Dentistry at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, the only dental school in Louisiana, has been considered one of the finest dental schools in the world. Its state-of-the-art facility has offered students the best possible clinical education complemented by opportunities in research, national externships and community service. Students and faculty have provided over 100,000 patient visits annually in 22 locations throughout the state, serving as a valuable resource for Louisiana citizens. Research, through the school's Center of Excellence in Oral and Craniofacial Biology, creates a rich research environment for the education and development of students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty researchers in oral and craniofacial biology.

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