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ECU Dental School Partnership to Assist Rural Areas

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013


East Carolina University’sSchool of Dental Medicine is partnering with Davidson County (NC) Community Collegeto build a $3 million, 8,000-square-foot dental center on the community college’s Lexington campus, according to The Business Journal (Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, NC).

The facility will be one of 10 such dental centers statewide in North Carolina, which were established in part to address the shortage of dentists in rural, underserved communities.

“We’re focusing on primary care in rural and underserved areas in the state,” said Dr. Greg Chadwick, dean of the school of dental medicine at ECU. “It is a unique approach. We’re fortunate in North Carolina to have this opportunity. You also have the opportunity to graduate dentists in our state that hopefully are going to stay in our state.”

The program will be funded by state appropriations to ECU. As a result of the program, Davidson County Community College will be able to establish a dental assistance and dental hygienist program, Mary Rittling, the college’s president, said Thursday at The Business Journal's State of Davidson panel discussion. The community college would not be able to establish such a program without the support of the state and ECU, she said.

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