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8/28/2015

RALEIGH, NC, (August 28, 2015) – Delta Dental of North Carolina is partnering with the East Carolina University (ECU) School of Dental Medicine’s Community Service Learning Centers (CSLCs) to increase access to affordable dental care in eight areas across the state.
 
Through this partnership, CSLC dentists are considered in-network for Delta Dental members, enabling members to receive affordable, comprehensive general dental care in a professional setting under the supervision of licensed participating dentists.
 
“Delta Dental of North Carolina’s partnership with the Community Service Learning Centers reinforces our core value of community commitment,” said Curt Ladig, CEO, Delta Dental of North Carolina. “Our mission is to improve the oral health of the communities we serve, and partnerships with institutions like ECU help make this possible.”
 
ECU’s CSLCs are state-of-the-art facilities that serve the oral health needs of adults and children while providing dental students and residents with hands-on experience. The centers are located across the state to help address the shortage of dentists in rural and underserved areas.
 
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with Delta Dental of North Carolina not only to provide access to dental care in communities across the state but also to provide more educational opportunities for our students and residents,” said Greg Chadwick, dean of the ECU School of Dental Medicine.
 
Licensed dentists at the CSLCs are credentialed with Delta Dental as participating network providers that service our  Delta Dental Premier®, Delta Dental PPO plus Premier®  and Delta Dental PPO® members. This will give Delta Dental members the opportunity to use their dental plan benefits at the CSLCs. The centers are located in the following counties: Brunswick (opening January 2016), Davidson, Harnett, Hertford, Jackson, Mitchell, Pasquotank and Robeson.
 
“Our CSLCs are truly regional assets in the communities in which they are located. With having eight CSLCs across the state and with becoming a Delta Dental of North Carolina network provider in those regions, we will be able to provide state-of-the-art quality care services while impacting the oral health of a large number of patients. This is an exciting partnership,” said Michael Scholtz, the dental school’s assistant dean for extramural clinical practices.
 
About East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine
Faculty, students and residents at the ECU School of Dental Medicine are passionate about improving the health and quality of life of all North Carolinians. State-of-the-art clinics operated by ECU serve the oral health needs of adults and children. The school’s Community Service Learning Centers reach across the state to provide educational experiences for students and residents and address the shortage of dentists in rural and underserved areas.
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