Dental clinic excited to offer care in Sumter


Thank you for your recent article regarding the opening of Carolina Dental Associates. I am writing to clarify a few points about the article "Health center opens Sumter dental clinic," featured on the front page of the Nov. 7 edition of The Sumter Item.

Carolina Dental Associates is excited to offer general dentistry care for residents of the Sumter community. CDA accepts most insurances, including Medicaid, and sliding fee discounts are available to uninsured individuals based upon family size and income. The sliding fee discount program applies to all services offered by CDA for which a charge has been established; charges are neither based upon the sliding fee scale nor the individual's income level.

Dr. Dee Dailey, CDA's dental director, brings over 30 years of dental experience to the practice. Both Dr. Dailey and practice Administrator Jamie Geddings Rivers are longtime residents of the Sumter community.

CDA has nine state-of-the-art operatories, each equipped with monitors to allow the dentists to show patients their X-ray images and further educate patients on any dental issues.

Carolina Dental Associates is open Mondays and Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Fridays, and is excited to offer extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

As one of four patient service delivery sites, Carolina Dental Associates is yet another way Sumter Family Health Center is improving access to affordable, comprehensive health care services for individuals living in Sumter County and its surrounding communities.

Individuals who participated in the interview for the article include: Jamie Geddings Rivers, CDA practice administrator; Sandra Sturkie, SFHC's corporate compliance officer; and Holly Chase, SFHC's director of community development.


Chief executive officer, Sumter Family Health Center