SC Mission 2011: Midlands serves more than 2,000

More than 2,000 patients received free medical, eye and dental care services at the Carolina Coliseum during two-day event.

At the end of SC Mission 2011: Midlands, more than 2,000 patients received free medical, eye and dental care services at the Carolina Coliseum.

Barbara, 62, of Columbia, arrived around 11 a.m. to ensure she would be the first in line. Before the doors opened at 6 a.m., she had been joined by hundreds of others all looking for a chance to see a doctor to deal with some of their most chronic health needs.

During the two-day event, patients received multiple services to address their most critical health needs. On Friday alone, the on-site pharmany filled about 800 prescription medications while two local labs cut the lenses that would allow 300 prescription eyeglasses to be distributed.

Behavorial health services, sexually transmitted disease counseling, patient education, mammography and other screenings were also available.

Around 1,500 clinical and non-clinical volunteers came together from throughout the state to provide care to the community’s underserved and uninsured adults. Among the dental volunteers, included Edward Herschaft, DDS, who flew in from Las Vegas, NV.

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