Ethos Financial has partnered with the Hunt School of Dental Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso to establish a dental operatory suite that will give students the opportunity to learn proper techniques, treatments and sensitivities for the oral health care of special needs patients. This will be only one of two special needs suites in the region, both located at the Texas Tech Dental Oral Health Clinic thanks to the generosity of private donations.
Ethos Financial, an El Paso-based financial planning firm, has gifted $25,000 to equip the suite, which will be named for the company. The gift will also support student scholarships, specialized equipment and patient care.
“Every individual deserves access to quality care,” said Inaam H. Ziyadeh, president of Ethos Financial. “I believe the most vulnerable in our community are often the most overlooked, and when I learned of the opportunity to help facilitate a place for care, I jumped. It’s so important to help improve critical resources for those who otherwise struggle to access the services that the new clinic will provide.”
According to the American Dental Association, patients with special needs are those who due to physical, medical, developmental or cognitive conditions require special consideration when receiving dental treatment. This can include people with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, down syndrome, spinal cord injuries and countless other conditions or injuries that can make standard dental procedure more difficult.
“Caring for a patient with special needs takes compassion and understanding,” said Richard Black, D.D.S., M.S., dean of the Hunt School of Dental Medicine. “This gift is a constant reminder that our business community believes in our mission to grow our own, the next generation of dentists who have a strong commitment and appreciation for our culturally diverse region and the unique needs of patients they serve.”
The clinic, scheduled to open summer 2021, will give Hunt School of Dental Medicine students real-world experience under the close supervision of faculty, while providing a much-needed service for the community. The clinic’s mission is to improve the accessibility of oral health care in the community and will offer reduced-cost dental care to the public.
“El Paso is a city that has many underserved areas,” Ziyadeh said. “I believe that the new dental school will give care for our entire region regardless of a patient’s financial means or special needs. TTUHSC El Paso has already provided our community with so many wonderful health care professionals, from the medical school to the nursing school. The addition of the dental school only shows that there’s so much more growth to come. The opportunities it will bring to our community are endless.”
When complete, the 38,000-square-foot clinic will be equipped with 130 treatment chairs and is expected to be the top dental-care destination, not only for the public, but for faculty, staff, students and their families.
About the Clinic
The Texas Tech Dental Oral Health Clinic is the clinical arm of the new Hunt School of Dental Medicine, which will welcome its first class of students in July 2021. The Hunt School of Dental Medicine is the first dental school to open in Texas in over 50 years and the only in West Texas and the Paso del Norte region. In El Paso County, there’s only one dentist for every 4,840 residents, compared to the national average of one dentist for every 1,638. TTUHSC El Paso’s mission is dedicated to addressing these disparities by educating the future of health care and providing world-class patient care.
About Ethos Financial
Ethos Financial was founded on the principles of honesty and integrity. When it comes to financial planning, there is no one-size-fits-all plan. Ethos’ financial planning process for individuals and businesses is based on needs and goals, both in the short term and long term. For more information, visit www.ethosfin.com.
Insurance products issued by Principal National Life Insurance Co. (except in NY), Principal Life Insurance Co., and the companies available through the Preferred Product Network, Inc. Securities and advisory products offered through Principal Securities, Inc., (800) 247-1737, Member SIPC www.sipc.org. Principal National, Principal Life, the Preferred Product Network and Principal Securities are member of the Principal Financial Group®, Des Moines, IA 50392. Inaam Ziyadeh, Ethos Financial and Principal Financial Group are not affiliated with TTUHSC El Paso or Hunt School of Dental Medicine.