Remote Area Medical® clinic extended to three-day event - Donations needed to cover patient care expenses

3/15/2012


BRISTOL, Tenn. – In order to meet the high demand for free medical, dental and eye care services in the Tri-Cities region, Remote Area Medical® (RAM)  and local organizers have extended next month’s RAM clinic to a three-day event instead of two, officials announced this week.

The event will now be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 13 – 15 on the infield of the Bristol Motor Speedway.

“We initially intended to hold the clinic on just Saturday and Sunday, but as we moved through the planning process, it became apparent that the need in this region really demands a three-day event,” said Helen Scott, chair of the Tri-Cities RAM board of directors. “We are grateful to Bristol Motor Speedway and to all of the volunteers who are willing to donate that extra day in order to make sure people don’t have to go without the care they need.”

Remote Area Medical events are volunteer driven. Medical, dental and vision professionals from across the region and other parts of the country will gather at BMS to provide free care to the uninsured and underinsured. There are no eligibility requirements, and no personal ID is required for treatment.

Services offered include dental fillings, cleanings and extractions; eye exams and corrective eyewear; mammograms; hearing screenings and hearing aids; bone density screenings; pap smears and general physical exams. Patients will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis. The parking lot at BMS will open to patients on Thursday evening, April 12, and numbers for Friday’s clinic will be distributed beginning at 3:30 a.m. Friday. Subsequent clinic days will follow the same pattern. Patients are encouraged to prepare for long wait times.

Donations are still needed in order to cover the cost of equipment and supplies used to treat the 2,000 patients expected at this year’s event. Crossroads Medical Mission in Bristol, Va. is serving as the financial steward for Tri-Cities RAM. Donations may be made online at www.crossroadsmedicalmission.org. Checks may be made payable to Crossroads Medical Mission with “Tri-Cities RAM” in the memo line and mailed to P.O. Box 16852, Bristol, Va., 24209-6852.

Additional volunteers are needed. Tri-Cities RAM is actively seeking ophthalmologists and dentists, as well as general volunteers to help with setup on Thursday, April 12. For more information or to register to volunteer, visit www.ramusa.org or call 423-573-0695.

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