Remote Area Medical (RAM), a major non-profit provider of mobile medical clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals, is returning to Evensville in Rhea County on March 9-10.
Services available at the RAM clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental X-rays, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, women’s health exams and general medical exams. All RAM services are free, and no ID is required.
Remote Area Medical will operate the clinic at Rhea Middle School, located at 405 Pierce Road in Evensville. Typically, RAM opens the patient parking lot no later than midnight on the first night of the event, Saturday, March 9.
Ticket distribution usually begins at 3 a.m., and patients are then served in chronological order according to their ticket number when clinic doors open, which typically occurs at 6 a.m. This process will repeat on Sunday, March 10.
In some situations, such as inclement weather, volunteer cancellations or other circumstances outside of RAM’s control, ticketing may occur earlier than 3 a.m. RAM encourages everyone who would like services, especially dental services, to arrive as early as possible.
RAM expects to treat
about 500 people
RAM expects to treat approximately 500 people from Evensville and surrounding counties, including Monroe, during the two-day clinic.
“RAM is excited to return to Rhea County to provide this much-needed care to the community. Two years ago, RAM cared for 513 people and provided them with more than $330,000 in free dental, vision, and medical services. We expect to do provide the same level of care this time around,” said Jeff Eastman, RAM CEO.
Still a need for dental professionals at clinic
There is still a need for additional dental professionals to volunteer their time and skills in Evensville. Because of relaxed licensing laws in the state of Tennessee, professional volunteers do not have to have an active license in Tennessee, meaning practitioners from other states are welcome to provide care at the clinic. For more information about volunteering at a RAM mobile medical clinic, please visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.
RAM is a major non-profit organization that operates mobile medical clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals who do not have access to or cannot afford a doctor. RAM’s Corps of more than 135,000 Humanitarian Volunteers is comprised of licensed dental, vision and medical professionals who have treated more than 785,000 women, men, and children delivering $135 million worth of free health care services.
Last year, RAM held clinics in Tennessee, Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Haiti and the Philippines.