Pete Boyd, SVP of Operations, to Ceremoniously ‘Rip Up’ Waiting List; Present $70,000 Check for Supplies and Services

The team members of The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo are working with UNLV School of Dental Medicine to expedite dental treatment for veterans seeking services at the innovative Sgt Clint Ferrin Dental Clinic for Veterans.

A check for $70,000 from Sands Cares, the Las Vegas Sands Corp. global corporate citizenship program, will be presented to the school, effectively allowing the free dental clinic to provide services this year to low-income veterans who are currently on the waiting list.

Karen P. West, DMD, MPH, Dean of the UNLV School of Medicine
Pete Boyd, Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations, The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo
Team Members from The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo
Current patient of the Ferrin Dental Clinic for Veterans

Wednesday, October 15
Noon – 12:45pm

UNLV School of Dental Medicine
1700 West Charleston
Las Vegas, NV 89106

(For directions or if you are lost on the day of the event, please call 702-305-5044 or 702-774-2500)

Note: Park in patient parking. Check in at Building A, patient lobby.

The Sgt. Clint Ferrin Dental Clinic for Veterans at the UNLV School of Dental Medicine was started in honor of a former student, John Ferrin’s, older brother who was killed in action in 2004. John watched his older brother struggle to receive proper dental care for an oral injury that he had sustained during basic training. Following his brother’s death, John was inspired to provide an avenue for local veterans, who otherwise have limited or no access to care, a place to be treated for free.

Today, the Clinic is run as a regular clinic ten times per year and serves about 45 veterans at each clinic. During each four hour clinic, a full range of services is offered including root canals, tooth extractions and dentures. Veterans who make less than $25,000 a year, have no current dental insurance, and who do not qualify for Veteran’s Administration benefits are invited to become patients. These veterans are much less likely to have access to dental care services than their peers in other demographics and have often not seen a dentist in many years. There is currently a waitlist of 70 veterans who have been approved for treatment with an additional 115 pending applications.

Operating since 2008, this is the only such clinic in existence at an American dental school.

Those interested in receiving treatment at future clinics can call Gil Manzano at 702-774-2461

For more information about Sands Cares and key corporate citizenship initiatives, please visit