Summer is coming to a close and the fall season is upon us. The past few months have been challenging for everyone as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, balancing our personal and community safety with the need and desire for normalcy. I truly hope everyone has found ways to make the most of the situation, such as strengthening connections with family and friends, discovering new passions, learning something new, or conquering projects.
While the threat of the pandemic hasn’t come to an end quite yet, I’m hopeful it will soon. In the meantime, with carefully planned and implemented mitigation efforts, the Roseman University South Jordan campus is safely open to employees and students. Over the past few weeks, we have welcomed new and returning pharmacy, nursing and dental students to campus, all of whom are eager to learn. It gives me great pleasure to share in their enthusiasm and desire to succeed.
I’d like to extend my gratitude to our dedicated Facilities team who has worked tirelessly to create safe spaces that enable social distancing, assemble hand sanitizing stations throughout campus buildings, and have kept our restrooms stocked with soap for frequent hand washing. They have also maintained frequent cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch surfaces in all classrooms, common areas and clinics. These efforts, combined with protocols that require employees and students to report symptoms or potential exposure, and quarantine help minimize the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. Likewise, I’d like to thank each and every member of our campus community for following the state of Utah’s mask mandate to further prevent the spread of the virus on our campus and in our community. We are all doing our part.
In addition to students and employees, the South Jordan campus is also welcoming patients to our clinics for dental care. It’s critical that patients continue to seek routine care during the pandemic to maintain oral health and to prevent more serious complications that require urgent care. To ensure patient safety, all who enter the clinic are screened for COVID-19 and all flu-like illnesses, including answering a series questions and having their temperature checked. Masks are also required to be worn by all patients entering the clinics. All faculty, students and residents providing treatment are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves and patients. Finally, all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between patients. All of these steps, as well as additional established faculty, student and resident safety guidelines, minimize the potential transmission of the virus.
If you or a family member have delayed seeking dental care during the pandemic, I encourage you to make an appointment at Roseman Dental. Our faculty, students and clinical staff are here to provide safe, affordable care.
All the best,
Frank Licari, DDS, MPH, MBA
Dean, College of Dental Medicine
Acting Chancellor, South Jordan Campus