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NC dental clinic to close next week

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LUMBERTON, N.C. — A dental clinic in southeastern North Carolina that provides care for 1,500 patients is scheduled to close next week because of financial losses.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that the C.I. Smith Dental Clinic in Lumberton is scheduled to close Thursday. The clinic cares for low-income families in Robeson and surrounding counties.

CEO Jinnie Lowery says 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 says the clinic’s dentist plans to leave Thursday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A dental clinic in southeastern North Carolina that provides care for 1,500 patients is scheduled to close next week because of financial losses.

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