Lumberton dental clinic closing

September 4, 2009 6:08:56 AM PDT
The C. I. Smith Dental Clinic, which provides care for 1,500 patients, is scheduled to close next week because of financial losses.According to the Fayetteville Observer, the clinic will close Thursday. It cares for low-income families in Robeson and surrounding counties.

CEO Jinnie Lowery said the clinic lost $205,000 last year. At least 60 percent of the clients are uninsured or are on Medicaid.

The clinic is working with U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre's office, the Office of Rural Health and Community Care, and several foundations to try to remain open.

In addition to the financial problems, Lowery said the clinic's dentist plans to leave Thursday.

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