April 15, 2014
On this past warm and sunny PirateFest Saturday, we hosted Greenville’s first N.C. Missions of Mercy dental clinic. With the help of supplies donated from local private practices and businesses, free services were provided to many people in critical need of dental care.
The ECU School of Dental Medicine was there in force as volunteers — faculty, staff, administration and especially students. During the past three years, they have been a regular presence at free clinics throughout North Carolina and, as usual, on Saturday they provided a wonderful service to the people most in need. Along with impressive technical and professional expertise, they also displayed the more elusive but vital qualities of kindness, respect and understanding to our patients.
One year from now, ECU will graduate its first class of doctors of dental medicine. In keeping with ECU’s mission of service, many are eagerly waiting for them to make an impact on the overall health of North Carolinians. As a member of our local health care community, I can tell you that, without question, they already are.
ROB DOHERTY, DDS
J.D. Bernstein Community