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LECOM Dental Clinic Project Moves Forward

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Construction is now well underway to transform a former Lord Corporation building into clinical offices for LECOM's School of Dental Medicine.

LECOM purchased the former Lord campus on West Grandview Boulevard in December 2011. Lord is moving to the former Bush Industries complex in Summit Township.

 LECOM is now spending $6.5 million  to renovate the building and purchase high-tech dental equipment. Starting in May 2015, fourth year students from the LECOM Dental School in Florida will move to Erie to train at the new facility. They will provide care to low-income or under insured local patients.

 LECOM Board Chairman Mike Visnosky said, "This is going to serve a two fold purpose. First, we will be able to treat the under served dental population of Erie County. Second, we will be able to provide a high quality training site for our fourth year students."

 For now, LECOM plans to just operate the dental clinic. But LECOM is studying the possibility of locating a full-scale dental school in Erie.

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