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  1. Midmark's Vice President Eric Shirley (left), College of Dentistry Dean Carole Anderson (center), and Midmark's CEO Dr. Anne Eiting Klamar at the September 29th ribbon-cutting ceremony


“Because We Care:” Ohio’s Midmark Corporation Gives $400 K for Dentistry Clinic Renovation

“Because we care” is a phrase that is part of the Midmark Corporation’s trademark, and it represents a philosophy to which the company is strongly committed. With its recent gift of $400,000 to the College of Dentistry for much-needed clinic renovations, the Ohio-based company showed that it cares about the college and Ohio State, and that it's determined to make a difference.

Headquartered in Versailles, Ohio, the Midmark Corporation manufactures veterinary, medical, and dental equipment. The company is led by CEO Dr. Anne Eiting Klamar, who is an alumnus of Ohio State’s College of Medicine and a firm believer in the Buckeye tradition of giving back.

Commenting on the recent gift that provided extensive renovations for dentistry’s emergency dental clinic, Dr. Klamar said, “The reason for this gift is certainly because we care about Ohio State and the College of Dentistry, but it’s also something we wanted to do because we’re committed to improving health care, and we’re passionate about education.”

As a medical doctor, Dr. Klamar knows that health care facilities are places of hope, healing, and education, and the best facilities are able to deliver the best care. With Midmark’s generous gift, the college’s emergency dental clinic has been transformed from a functional facility in need of updates to one that offers state-of-the-art urgent dental care.

When Dr. Klamar first was made aware of the college’s need for substantial renovations in its emergency clinic, she saw this as a chance to give back in a way that would have a positive impact on the clinic’s patients, as well as the faculty, staff, and dental students who work there.

“Woody Hayes put it well when he said that it just isn’t possible to pay back everything we’ve received from Ohio State, but we can ‘pay it forward’ by giving to good causes like this one,” Dr. Klamar said. “This dental clinic renovation is just one way of thanking all the educators and mentors who came before us and taught us all the things that have brought us to this point in our lives.”

The grand opening of the renovated clinic, which is now called the “Midmark Emergency Care Clinic,” was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 29th. Attendees included Dr. Klamar, Midmark's Vice President Eric Shirley, Chief Operating Officer Greg Blackmore, and sales representative Matt Buettner, as well as College of Dentistry Dean Carole Anderson, and Dr. John Nusstein, Chair of the Division of Endodontics and director of the emergency dental clinic.


One view of the newly
refurbished clinic

Remarking on the clinic renovations, Dr. Nusstein said, “This has been an amazing transformation. Not only do we have a better space to work in, but we’ve also been given new dental chairs, new cabinets, and new sinks and lights. All of those are tremendous improvements, but one of the best changes is that we now have digital x-ray units to work with, and that’s been a ‘night and day’ change in terms of technology.” He added, “This area hadn’t been updated in any significant way for several decades, and it was aging badly. We also serve about 5000 patients each year, so it's a heavy traffic area that needed new equipment to serve our clients better -- and to do a better job of training the D.D.S. students who work here.”
 


Dr. Anne Eiting Klamar with students
who toured the renovated facility

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially christened the Midmark Emergency Care Clinic, a number of dentistry’s faculty and staff members and students joined the celebration and were given a tour of the renovated facility. Many commented on the amazing change the clinic had undergone.

Dean Carole Anderson echoed those sentiments in a brief speech at the beginning of the ceremony. “This renovation is remarkable, and it shows what we can accomplish when we work together on a project that benefits everyone.” she said. “Please join me in thanking our corporate partners for making these changes possible. The Columbus branch of Patterson Dental gave $18,000 in labor and technical support for this project, and we thank them for their help. To the Midmark Corporation and Dr. Anne Eiting Klamar, we give our heartfelt thanks for their gift of $400,000 that has transformed this clinic. Their generosity is extraordinary, and we are truly grateful.”
 


Midmark's leaders stand together: O-H-I-O!
Shown left to right, CEO Dr. Anne Eiting Klamar
COO Greg Blackmore, dental sales
representative Matt Buettner, and
Vice President Eric Shirley

At the close of the ceremony, Dr. Klamar added that the Midmark Corporation takes pride in supporting The Ohio State University and the College of Dentistry. She added that Midmark’s ability to give back and to give generously is a direct result of the philosophy that is the foundation of the company.

“At Midmark, we're committed to making a positive difference in the practice of health care and in every life we touch. And I believe that’s our responsibility as a business leader.” She added, “And you all know that being an Ohio State University graduate was a big part of why we wanted to give something back. So ‘Go Bucks!’ And thanks for giving us this great opportunity to do something that matters.”
 

[January 2010]