UF Health donates lifesaving devices to two East Gainesville organizations
The UF Health Chest Pain Center, in coordination with the UF Health PulsePoint task force, has donated a pair of automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, to two organizations in East Gainesville, an area of the city with a significant shortage in the lifesaving devices. In addition to the AEDs, Alliance Credit Union and the after-school program for at-risk youth Reichert House also received training in how to operate the AEDs and perform CPR. In an effort to correct a disparity in the availability of the devices and increase bystander CPR rates, the UF Health Chest Pain Center and the UF Health PulsePoint task force applied for grant funding from the UF Medical Guild to buy these lifesaving devices, which can cost up to $2,000. The grant also facilitated 350 free CPR certifications for members of the East Gainesville community. — Tyler Francischine
UF College of Dentistry receives $1.2 million grant to provide dental care to underserved children
The Naples Children & Education Foundation, or NCEF, has provided the University of Florida College of Dentistry with a $1.2 million grant to continue the collaborative mission of improving the oral health of underserved children in Collier County.
The renewal for 2020-22 of the existing grant from NCEF will help sustain community-based prevention efforts at the college’s Naples-based pediatric dental center, the NCEF Pediatric Dental Center, where UF pediatric dental residents also provide oral health care to children from Collier County. In addition, the center will add atraumatic restorative technique, or ART, an evidence-based, minimally invasive approach to restoring cavities in young children. — Kelly Sobers
Gauntt Foundation gifts UF veterinary college with $3 million for equipment to treat cancer patients
The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine has received a $3 million gift from the Joanne W. Gauntt Foundation to buy a linear accelerator, or LINAC, that will enhance radiation oncology treatment for small animal cancer patients from throughout the Southeast. The Edge LINAC will replace the 15-year-old equipment in use at UF’s Small Animal Hospital and will position UF as only the second veterinary college in the country to own the leading-edge technology. Gauntt established the foundation in 1999 as an expression of her love for horses, dogs and all companion animals. The foundation’s mission is to provide care in many different ways for companion animals, including through colleges of veterinary medicine. — Sarah Carey