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Friday, November 10, 2006

Q&A with Ed Bradley:

Q: What single issue should be covered more at CBS News?
A: Foreign news.

Q: Have you ever been assigned a story you objected to? How did you deal with it?
A: When I first started in New York at WCBS radio, the assignment editor automatically assigned any story that had a minority in it to me. I objected to being typecast and told him if I didn't get a variety of stories -- as other reporters did -- then I would take it up with the news director.

Q: If you were not in news, what would you be doing?
A: If I had the talent, I'd play bass guitar and sing in a kicking band.

--Ed Bradley, reporter, "60 Minutes," died yesterday of leukemia at age 65 (2006)

Smithfield dentist saw need and moved here to fill it

By Tracy L. Lund

October 16, 2006 | SMITHFIELD -- Anyone who has been to the dentist knows how much it can cost. Even with dental insurance, it isn't cheap. One Smithfield dentist is trying to make the financial experience a little easier.

Dr. Scott M. Lyman, D.D.S., P.C., came to Cache Valley specifically to work with lower income patients. Lyman originally had two dental practices in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where quite a bit of the dental work he did was what he refers to as "high end cosmetic dentistry." When he had an offer to sell his practices, he knew he wanted to do something different. He sold his practices and moved to Cache Valley where he opened Community Dental Center in Smithfield.

When asked how he got from working on high income patients in Jackson Hole to working with lower income patients in Cache Valley, Lyman said the plan had always been to retire to Cache Valley when the time came. His mother lives here and he really likes the area.

When Lyman originally opened his practice in Cache Valley, they took Medicaid-only patients. Since then, they have now expanded to take any health insurance along with Medicaid patients and patients with no insurance. Lyman charges all patients what Medicaid would reimburse him for the service, which makes the cost for patients with no insurance much less expensive.

Janice Staker, office manager, said "the dentist I used to work for would charge uninsured patients $1,100 to $1,700 for a root canal and crown." At Lyman's office, an uninsured patient could expect to pay around $900 for a root canal and crown.

While the office now takes patients with health insurance, Lyman said "the primary focus has always been Medicaid, PCN and CHIP," all of which are federal or state funded programs to help lower income patients pay for health insurance.

Talking about his practice here in Cache Valley, Lyman said, " I prefer this to what I was doing before. There is a satisfaction in helping people who otherwise may not get help." He said the first year the office was open, they saw 6,000 patients and it has continued to go up from there. "I could work seven days a week, 24 hours a day, that's how busy we are," he said.

Lyman is leery about people thinking he is doing this for the wrong reasons. He said he worries about giving interviews because he doesn't want people to think he feels he is doing anything extraordinary. "I am not doing this because I want people to make a fuss over me, I am doing it because I want to and I enjoy it. I saw a need in this area and I'm just doing my job."

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