Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital renames dental residency program

Delly Bezoss

CANTON – On Friday night at the Historic Onesto Hotel, it was the Stark County dentists’ version of “and one more thing.”

Tom Paumier, who has a longtime dental practice in Stark County, was among four dentists inducted this year into the Distinguished Dental Service Academy. It’s essentially a “lifetime achievement award” bestowed by the Stark County Dental Society each year since 1999.

But when the awards ceremony was set to end, the dental society had a surprise for Paumier.

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Two officials of Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital emerged to speak. They were Tom Turner, vice president of development and government relations, and David Gormsen, chief medical officer. Turner directed Paumier to remove the cloth covering an easel.

When he did so, he found a picture of a hallway in the offices of the hospital’s Dental General Practice Residency that he helped found in 2007. To the left was the new name of the wing, the Thomas M. Paumier, DDS Dental General Practice Residency.

Dr. Tom Paumier, a 35-year general dentist in Plain Township, reacts Friday on discovering that Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital will name after Paumier its Dental General Practice Residency that he helped establish in 2007. The Stark County Dental Society held its induction dinner for its lifetime achievement awards at the Historic Onesto Hotel and Event Center in downtown Canton.

The more than roughly 120 in attendance broke out in loud applause.

“Thank you very, very much. I’m humbled and honored. This would be better posthumously,” Paumier joked, sparking laughter.

He later said he was shocked at the honor.

“I’m very humbled, but it’s been a group effort since its inception, and I’m most pleased that it will continue to serve the residents of Stark County,” he said. “Those who are most in need. And it will continue to educate many of our future colleagues in this profession, many of them who will help raise the standard of care of dentistry in this community.”

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