08/31/2005

McCutcheon Honored For We Care Endowment

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Area business leaders, West Virginia University faculty and staff, and friends will gather at the Milan Puskar Health Right at 7 p.m., Sept. 12, to honor William R. McCutcheon, WVU School of Dentistry alumnus and retired associate dean for academic affairs, for his contributions to the underserved in North Central West Virginia

McCutcheon recently created the We Care endowed fund to provide support for the dental health care needs of the underinsured and uninsured.  Patients are treated at the WVU School of Dentistry patient clinics.

For 20 years, the School of Dentistry has accepted referrals from Health Right, a non-profit health clinic in Morgantown. In 1994, Dr. David Puderbaugh, professor of dental practice and rural health, implemented a free clinic to provide scheduled services for patients referred by Health Right. With growing costs and an increase in the number of patients needing services, McCutcheon saw a need for increased funding.

“I saw the need of this particular group of people – the uninsured and underinsured – who fall through the cracks when it comes to dental health care needs,” McCutcheon said.

Support from the We Care endowment benefits patients, the community, private practitioners and WVU dental students. The endowment not only provides money for essential dental health care, but also provides much needed dental health care exposure to families, increasing the level of dental literacy.

The We Care endowment continues to accept monetary donations from alumni, friends and local businesses. Continued support ensures a permanent clinical setting for the underserved and uninsured in North Central West Virginia.

“West Virginia University, the Health Sciences Center and the School of Dentistry have a strong service-oriented mission,” said Dr. James J. Koelbl, dean, WVU School of Dentistry.  “This endowment provided by Dr. McCutcheon will help us increase the amount of care provided to underserved patients in the community, and we are pleased to be able to partner with Dr. McCutcheon and Health Right in this worthwhile endeavor.”

For more information on the We Care endowment and reception contact Monica Tanzey at 293-7495 or 1-877-766-4438.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
casew@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
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