The flags at Unity Hospital were lowered to half-staff in honor of Charles Forte, DDS, Chair of the Unity Department of Dentistry, who passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 22.
Dr. Forte joined the medical staff at St. Mary’s Hospital in 1984 and became Associate Chair of Dentistry at St. Mary’s in 1985, continuing in that position in the newly formed Unity Dental Group in 1998. In 2016, Dr. Forte was appointed to lead the Department upon the retirement of Dr. Peter LoFurno, who had served for 31 years as Unity Department of Dentistry Chair.
Dr. LoFurno offered the following tribute to his longtime colleague and friend: “Of course, I am shocked and saddened by the passing of Dr. Forte. I had the privilege of working with Dr. Forte since 1984 when we jointly started St. Mary’s Oral Health Center. We started on the ground floor of St Mary’s Hospital with two bare bones treatment rooms. Dr. Forte’s work ethic, dedication, and commitment to professional improvement, played a pivotal role in the growth of the dental group. Today, in large part because of Dr. Forte’s efforts, Unity Dental Group is one of the largest dental groups in western New York. Dr. Forte was committed to offering quality oral health services to a diverse and challenging patient population. His commitment and dedication were highlighted several evenings each week, when you could find Dr. Forte at a skilled nursing facility providing oral health consultative services to residents of these facilities. It is my hope that his example will motivate all of us. May God bless Charles Forte, and may he rest in eternal peace.”
Dr. Forte was dedicated to his patients and to the growth and success of the Department. He was an extremely talented, yet incredibly humble and kind, practitioner and leader whose work brought great value to Rochester Regional Health and to the patients we serve. He touched many, he made a difference, and he will be deeply missed. Please remember him in your thoughts and prayers.
Services were held out of town this week for Dr. Forte. Click here to contribute an online condolence for his family.