United Way of the Midlands Expands Dental and Eye Clinics, Doubles Patients Served

Reprinted with the permission of the United Way of the Midlands.

United Way of the Midlands, in partnership with Lexington County, Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health, Providence Hospitals and Richland County, announced the expansion and rebranding of its free dental and eye clinics in Richland and Lexington counties.

The expansion totals 5,200 square feet of newly renovated space in the Richland County Health Department, which will double the clinic’s capacity. Both Richland and Lexington counties donate the office space for these services.

The clinics, which have served the Midlands for more than 50 years, have also been rebranded as WellPartners to include a new website – WellPartners.org – and other resources to better market services to those eligible to receive care.

“This expansion has been a goal of United Way’s and its partners for a several years,” said Mac Bennett, President and CEO of United Way. “Last year we served 3,947 individuals and we are excited to see this expansion come to fruition so that we can provide quality care to even more people in need.”

Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health and Providence Hospitals financially and strategically support WellPartners and have been involved since the project’s inception.

“Lexington Medical Center’s vision has been to provide access to care in the most appropriate setting, and to be a good community partner. The WellPartners Dental and Eye Clinic helps us to make that vision a reality,” said Tod Augsburger, President & CEO of Lexington Medical Center. “We look forward to a bright future of caring for the friends and neighbors who will come here.”

“Palmetto Health is proud to work alongside other health care providers and community leaders to ensure that these important health care services reach the people who need them,” said Charles D. Beaman, CEO of Palmetto Health. “Today, we stand united, with a solution that will provide our community with continual access to these services. That’s always been our goal.”

“Providence Hospitals is pleased to offer support to the WellPartners clinic,” said Market CEO Scott Campbell, “Providing dental and vision care for those in need throughout the Midlands is part of the healing mission of Providence.”

Other supporters include a $608,040 grant from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation to purchase new, state-of-the-art equipment as well as Absolute Total Care and Aflac, who have also contributed financially.

About United Way
United Way of the Midlands is the most organized, efficient and accountable system for investing in the community. With more than 90 certified partner agencies, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations. For more information, please visit www.uway.org.

About Lexington Medical Center
Lexington Medical Center, in West Columbia, S.C., anchors a health care network that includes six community medical centers throughout Lexington County and employs a staff of 6,000 health care professionals. The network also includes comprehensive cardiovascular and oncology care affiliated with Duke Medicine, an occupational health center, the largest skilled nursing facility in the Carolinas and 58 physician practices. At its heart is the 414-bed state-of-the-art Lexington Medical Center, with a reputation for the highest quality care. Lexington Medical Center has won “Best Hospital” by readers of The State for 13 years, “Best Hospital” by readers of the Free Times, “Best Place to Have a Baby” by readers of Palmetto Parent and The State, the “Consumer Choice Award” from the National Research Corporation and the prestigious “Summit Award” from Press Ganey for outstanding patient satisfaction. Visit LexMed.com.

About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health, the largest health care system and one of the largest employers in South Carolina, is comprised of more than 11,500 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s Vision: to be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes seven acute-care hospitals— Baptist Easley, Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey—as well as an expansive physician practice network, dozens of affiliated clinics and specialty care practices and a 501(c)(3) foundation. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, Palmetto Health also trains the next generation of physicians through its 23 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit PalmettoHealth.org.

About Providence Hospitals
A part of LifePoint Health, Providence Hospitals is the leading provider of cardiovascular and orthopedic services in the Midlands. Providence is composed of two hospitals, thirteen physician practices, a network of rehabilitation centers, two sleep centers, a school of cardiac diagnostics and is an accredited chest pain center. In total, Providence employs more than 2,000 dedicated staff. Founded in 1938 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Providence is known statewide for outstanding clinical quality and compassionate care. The Providence open-heart surgery program has ranked consistently in the top 15 percent of open heart programs for the past six and one-half years. Both the orthopedics and cardiac services have received the South Carolina BlueCross BlueShield Blue Distinction Center designation. For more information, visit www.providencehospitals.com.

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