SC Mission 2012: Midlands and Dental Access Days Treats Thousands

The two-day event provided free medical, dental and eye care services to people from around the Midlands.

From diagnosing illnesses to prescribing medicine, relieving tooth aches and supplying eyeglasses, SC Mission 2012: Midlands and the South Carolina Dental Association's Dental Access Days provided free medical, dental and eye care with more than 2,700 patient encounters on Friday and Saturday at the State Fairgrounds.  The goal was to meet the critical health care needs of people in the community who are uninsured and underserved. 

Patients could receive medical care that included urgent care, diagnosis of acute and chronic medical conditions, preventative health screenings and referrals, mobile mammography, X-rays, electrocardiograms and HIV testing. Dental services, which was the busiest section at the event, included education, cleaning, fillings and extractions. Vision offered comprehensive eye care, examination and eyeglasses.

On Saturday afternoon, SC Mission 2012: Midlands and SCDA’s Dental Access Days saw 615 medical patients, 1,456 dental patients, and 459 eye care patients.  The following services were also provided:

  • Eyeglasses: 206
  • Mammograms: 126
  • HIV Tests: 40
  • Prescriptions Filled: 445
  • Xrays: 74

Many patients received more than one service.

Importantly, SC Mission 2012: Midlands also connected patients with a medical home.  Each patient received education about free health services and resources available in their home counties. Those who did not receive services received counseling and information about locating a medical home.  The Benefit Bank set up hundreds of patients with follow-up care and additional services.

More than 1,500 clinicians from hospitals and health care organizations around the Midlands, including doctors, nurses, dentists, hygienists, optometrists and other health care workers volunteered their time and talents to take care of patients during SC Mission 2012: Midlands and SCDA's Dental Access Days.

SC Mission 2012 Midlands and South Carolina Dental Association Dental Access Days especially thank sponsors who have helped to make this important event possible:  Access Health SC, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation, Delta Dental, Fairfield Memorial Hospital, Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health, Providence Hospitals, SC Dental Association, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, SC Hospital Association, SC Medical Association, SC Optometric Physicians Association, South Carolina State Fair, The Nord Family Foundation, The Regional Medical Center, The State Media Company, Tuomey Healthcare System, United Way of the Midlands and more than 80 more companies and organizations who donated materials.