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United Way’s WellPartners Dental and Eye Clinic Earns Second Gold Rating from the NAFC Quality Standards Program

COLUMBIA, SC (July 12, 2021) –For its efforts to provide preventative and restorative dental and eye care to underserved populations, WellPartners Dental and Eye Clinic earned a 2021 Gold Rating from the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) Quality Standards Program.

WellPartners is owned and operated by United Way of the Midlands with support from community partners Lexington County, Richland County, Prisma Health and Lexington Medical Center. Last year, WellPartners provided 21,884 dental treatments and eye care services to 1,152 individuals in Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties.

“We are honored to once again receive this recognition,” said Tamara Stockton, DDS, MAGD. “We are grateful to our staff and volunteers for their dedication to our mission.”

The NAFC and its members are dedicated to ensuring that patients receive quality health care. WellPartners connects community volunteers and partners to help uninsured and underinsured people of the Midlands community gain access to the health care services they need to live healthier, better lives.

To attain their standards rating, NAFC Members voluntarily submit information to the NAFC on the various policies and procedures in place to attain their standards rating and attest/pledge that they successfully incorporate these standards within their organization.

NAFC Quality Standards elements include policies and procedures related to the following areas: Administrative, Enhanced Access and Continuity of Care, Identifying and Managing Patient Population information, Planning and Managing Care, Providing Self-Care Support and Community Resources, Tracking and Coordinating Care, and Measuring and Improving Performance.

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About United Way of the Midlands

United Way of the Midlands is the most organized, efficient and accountable system for investing in the community. With more than 70 Community Impact Partners, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant awards and individual donations. For more information, please visit

About the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics

The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is the only nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of the medically underserved throughout the nation and the more than 1,400 Free and Charitable Clinics and Pharmacies that serve them. The NAFC has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. Founded in 2001 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., the NAFC is working to ensure that the medically underserved have access to affordable quality health care and strives to be a national voice promoting quality health care for all. For more information about the NAFC, please visit

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