School of Dentistry, Rice Memorial Hospital Partner for Success

In 2005, Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar approached the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry for assistance in meeting the growing oral health needs of the area. The school partnered with the hospital to raise $2 million to construct a state-of-the-art 10-chair dental clinic within the hospital facility and to cover the first three years of operating costs. The clinic opened in December 2007 and is staffed year-round by School of Dentistry students who treat patients under faculty supervision. The partnership generated broad support from area dentists, foundations, the State of Minnesota, the University and community health organizations. Today, the Rice Regional Dental Clinic serves patients in a 17-county area. In just under six years of operation, the clinic has had 62,213 patient-visits from 16,300 patients.

More about the School of Dentistry and Rice Regional Dental Clinic

The School of Dentistry has a strong commitment to community outreach, and our community oral health activities are an important part of both our education and service mission. Learn more about outreach at the School of Dentistry here.


Rice Memorial Hospital constructed a ten chair dental clinic within their hospital designed to treat many of the underserved patients in a surrounding 17 county area. 

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