Smiles for a Lifetime
In Allendale County, there were only two full-time dentists and no technical college dental facilities. So, Welvista opened a Smiles oral healthcare center in September, 2001 on a local school campus and partnered with the community to provide dental care for the children in this rural area.
Allendale Smiles was created in partnership with Allendale County Schools, the Allendale County Hospital, and the South Carolina Department of Education. The Smiles center is located on the county's middle school campus and operates during school hours with a full-time dentist on staff. School nurses refer patients to the program.
Funding to build and operate the center was provided by grants from The Duke Endowment and The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, with additional support from The South Carolina Department of Education, Healthy Learners, the MUSC College of Dental Medicine, Patterson Dental Supply, and Allendale County Hospital.
Georgia Famuliner, RN
PO Box 221
Allendale, SC 29810