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RAM returning to Harrogate, TN to provide free dental, vision, medical, and veterinary care to people in need

ROCKFORD, TN (June 19, 2018) – Remote Area Medical- RAM™ — a major non-profit provider of mobile medical clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision, medical, and veterinary care to underserved and uninsured individuals– is returning to Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN on June 30 – July 1. All services are free and no ID is required.   

Patient parking will be located at LMU’s Tex Turner Arena, 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate, TN 37752. The clinic parking lot will open no later than 12 a.m. midnight on Saturday, June 30. Ticket distribution begins at 3 a.m., and patients will be seen in chronological order according to their ticket number when clinic doors open at 6 a.m. This process will repeat on Sunday, July 1. Services available at the Harrogate RAM clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses, women’s health exams, chest x-rays, pulmonary function testing, and general medical exams.

Remote Area Medical, along with partners RedRover and LMU, will also offer free veterinary services during the clinic. People receiving care at the RAM mobile medical clinic may bring their unaltered cats and dogs with them to the RAM clinic for free spay/neuter and other veterinary services. Large dogs should be brought on leashes; small dogs and cats should be brought in carriers. Numbered veterinary tickets will be distributed at the parking entrance as people arrive and animals will be registered overnight. All pets will be collected around 5 a.m. for treatment at the Schenck Center and can be picked in the afternoon.

“We’re ready to be back in Harrogate and taking care of the folks who have no place else to go for care, ” said RAM Founder & President Stan Brock.  “Fortunately, because of the Tennessee Volunteer Medical Services Act of 1995, this particular clinic will benefit from having an array of skilled volunteer medical professionals from all over the country.”

“RedRover looks forward to assisting with the care of pets receiving veterinary treatment at this mobile medical clinic. We are honored to be included in this progressive event that showcases the benefits of integrating care and treatment for the whole family, including pets,” said RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth

RAM is still in need of additional vision and dental professionals to volunteer their time and skills in Harrogate. Thanks to the Volunteer Healthcare Services Act of 1995, which RAM Founder & President, Stan Brock, helped to get enacted, clinical professionals licensed in any of the 50 states can treat patients at Tennessee RAM clinics.  For more information about RAM’s mobile medical clinics or to volunteer, visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.

About Remote Area Medical: RAM is a major non-profit organization that operates mobile medical clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision, medical, and veterinary services to underserved and uninsured individuals who do not have access to or cannot afford a doctor. RAM’s Corps of more than 120,000 Humanitarian Volunteers is comprised of licensed dental, vision, medical, and veterinary professionals who have treated more than 740,000 people and 67,000 animals, delivering $120 million worth of free health care services. Last year, RAM held clinics in Tennessee, California, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia, Virginia, New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Maryland, Puerto Rico, India, Haiti, and the Philippines. Upcoming RAM clinic locations include Tennessee, Virginia, and Texas. 

 About RedRover: Since 1987, RedRover has focused on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the human-animal bond through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and humane education.  For the fourth consecutive year, RedRover’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. To learn more about how RedRover is creating a more compassionate world, please visit RedRover.org.

CONTACT: Robert Lambert

EMAIL: RobertL@ramusa.org

OFFICE: (865) 862-5907

CELL: (540) 815-7934

RAM to celebrate Tennessee Smile Power Week

ROCKFORD, TN (June 8, 2018) – June 11-15 has been proclaimed Tennessee Smile Power Week by Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Charitable Care Network (TCCN). Remote Area Medical (RAM)TM is joining state-wide events by celebrating and promoting free dental care available to families at its two Tennessee mobile medical clinics taking place during the month of June.

The Memphis RAM clinic will be located at Word of Life Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1215 Floyd Avenue, Memphis, TN 38127. The clinic parking lot will open no later than 12 a.m. midnight on Saturday, June 23. Ticket distribution begins at 3 a.m., and patients will be seen in chronological order according to their ticket number when clinic doors open at 6 a.m. This process will repeat on Sunday, June 24. Services available at the Memphis RAM clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses, women’s health exams, and general medical exams.

The Harrogate RAM clinic will be located at Lincoln Memorial University’s Tex Turner Arena, 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate, TN 37752. The clinic will follow the same patient ticketing procedures as the Memphis clinic and will also offer free dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses, women’s health exams, chest x-rays, pulmonary function testing, and general medical exams.

Recognizing the importance of early childhood oral health interventions, RAM will also celebrate Tennessee Smile Power Week by distributing free toothbrushes to children participating in the summer reading program at the E.G. Fisher Public Library in Athens, Tennessee.

“Smile Power Week celebrates the power of the smile,” said Jeff Eastman, CEO of Remote Area Medical.

“We are proud to celebrate our patients, our clinic staff and the support of so many volunteers who help us to meet the oral health needs of communities across the state of Tennessee and beyond.”

The CDC states, “Oral health affects our ability to speak, smile, eat, and show emotions. It also affects self-esteem, school performance, and attendance at work and school. Oral diseases—which range from cavities to gum disease to oral cancer—cause pain and disability for millions of Americans.”  Tennessee Smile Power Week was created to promote healthy smiles across the state during National Smile Month. TCCN and RAM encourage Tennesseans to care for their oral health by brushing their teeth in the morning, after meals, and at night before bed.

Last year, Remote Area Medical recruited 2,704 dental volunteers who graciously provided patients with $7,040,729 worth of free dental services.  These services included 5,499 dental fillings, 20,129 tooth extractions, 2,102 dental cleanings, and 202 sets of dentures.  RAM is always in need of additional dental professionals to volunteer their time and skills at RAM clinics throughout the country.  For more information about RAM’s mobile medical clinics or to volunteer, visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.

CONTACT: Robert Lambert
EMAIL: RobertL@ramusa.org
OFFICE: (865) 862-5907
CELL: (540) 815-7934

RAM to host 15th annual Salute to Service celebration

This year’s event will spotlight our nation’s veterans who served during WWII and the Vietnam War

ROCKFORD, TN (June 6, 2018) – Remote Area Medical- RAM™ — a major non-profit provider of mobile medical clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision, medical, and veterinary care to underserved and uninsured individuals —  will hold a special event Saturday, June 9, 2018 inside RAM’s hangar at the Downtown Island Airport (2701 Spence Place) in Knoxville in observance of the 74th anniversary of D-Day to honor our country’s military veterans.

Gates will open at 10 am to allow the public to view a variety of military vehicles, historical photographs, and wartime memorabilia from multiple eras. RAM’s flagship humanitarian relief plane, a C47/DC3, which flew over Normandy on D-Day, will be on display. A ceremony to give special recognition to WW II and Vietnam War veterans and to honor men and women of all branches of our armed forces will begin at 11 am. The ceremony will include a speech by RAM President & Founder, Stan Brock. Music will include the 80-piece Tennessee Wind Symphony and a bagpipe performance. The ceremony will conclude with a RAM Airborne Delivery Team parachuting onto the airfield immediately following the ceremony (weather permitting).  The event, which is being emceed by WBIR’s John Becker, is made possible in-part through generous sponsors, including Pilot-Flying J, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Clayton Homes, and Hart Graphics.

Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee, Randy McNally, as well as Michelle Carringer, Knox County Commissioner, will be in attendance during the event.

About Remote Area Medical: 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 120,000 Humanitarian Volunteers is comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals who have treated more than 740,000 women, men, and children delivering $120 million worth of free health care services. Last year, RAM held clinics in Tennessee, California, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia, Virginia, New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Maryland, Puerto Rico, India, Haiti, and the Philippines. Upcoming RAM clinic locations include Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. 

CONTACT: Robert Lambert
EMAIL: RobertL@ramusa.org
OFFICE: (865) 862-5907
CELL: (540) 815-7934

Federal charter honoring Remote Area Medical introduced by U.S. Congressman

ROCKFORD, TN (April 10, 2018) – A bill recognizing Remote Area Medical (RAM) as a federally chartered organization has been introduced by Congressman John Duncan, Jr. Receiving a federal charter is a great honor for an organization, and RAM is very grateful for the opportunity to be recognized in this way.

“Receiving a Federal charter from U.S. Congress would be of tremendous assistance to RAM and our mission of providing free, quality healthcare to people in need.  It has the potential to expose our work to entirely new audiences,” says RAM Founder & President, Stan Brock.  

If a majority of the members of Congress vote in favor of this bill, Remote Area Medical will become a federally recognized organization and join the ranks of more than 90 other high-profile organizations that have been similarly recognized, including the American Red Cross, Big Brothers—Big Sisters of America, Boy Scouts of America, the National Park Foundation, Future Farmers of America, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Congressman Duncan has also introduced a bill that, if passed, would aid RAM and other humanitarian organizations in recruiting volunteer health care professionals with out-of-state licenses. Titled The Healthier Act of 2017, the bill calls on the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a two-year grant program for all fifty states that would provide grant money for states that pass laws allowing out-of-state health care providers to offer services on a volunteer basis. In 1995, the State of Tennessee passed the Volunteer Healthcare Services Act of 1995 to become the first state in the nation to allow medical and dental practitioners with out-of-state licenses to provide care to those in need. Since then, 11 other states have enacted similar legislation.

Please show your support for Remote Area Medical’s Federal charter and The Healthier Act of 2017 by contacting your local state representative today!  You can obtain contact information for your local representative by visiting www.usa.gov/elected-officials 

About Remote Area Medical: 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 120,000 Humanitarian Volunteers is comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals who have treated more than 740,000 women, men, and children delivering $120 million worth of free health care services. Last year, RAM held clinics in Tennessee, California, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia, Virginia, New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Maryland, Puerto Rico, India, Haiti, and the Philippines. Upcoming clinic locations include New Mexico, Ohio, and Tennessee. 

CONTACT: Robert Lambert
EMAIL: RobertL@ramusa.org
OFFICE: (865) 862-5907
CELL: (540) 815-7934

RAM to provide free dental, vision, and medical care at 19th annual Wise Expedition

Remote Area Medical is still in need of additional volunteers at the RAM Wise Expedition

ROCKFORD, TN (June 19, 2018) – 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– will operate its 19th annual Wise, Virginia clinic, July 20 – 22, 2018 at Wise County Fairgrounds. Services available at the clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, mental health services, osteopathic manipulation services, women’s health exams, and general medical exams. All RAM services are free and no ID is required.   

The Wise RAM clinic will be held at the Wise County Fairgrounds on State Route 680. The parking lot will open no later than 12 a.m. midnight on Friday, July 20. Patients will receive a numbered ticket as they enter the parking lot and will be seen in chronological order according to their ticket number when clinic doors open at 6 a.m. The same process will repeat Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22.

“RAM and the Health Wagon are proud to be returning to the fairgrounds in Wise County, Virginia to provide the community with these much-needed dental, vision, and medical services. We are fully committed to ensuring this annual event is available to those in the area that need it,” said RAM Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Eastman.

Roger Gunter, CEO of Aetna Better Health in Virginia – one of this year’s major sponsors of the RAM Wise Expedition – says, “We at Aetna know that a positive health impact can be made when communities work together to tackle health disparities,” said Gunter. “Data tells us that only about 10 percent of our health is a result of what happens in a doctor’s office. By contrast, 30 percent of our overall health comes from our genetic makeup and 60 percent from our social and physical environment. We’re proud to have an active role in the Wise RAM clinic. For many, this is the only health care they’ll receive all year.” Aetna is also funding and distributing 1,500 boxes filled with healthy foods at the RAM Wise Expedition with the assistance of Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

According to U.S. census data, the poverty rate in Wise County is 23.5%, which far exceeds the national average of 12.7%. Additionally, Wise County ranks 126th out of Virginia’s 133 counties/cities in terms of health quality. Because of these factors, RAM expects to see great demand from residents in Wise and surrounding communities during the three-day clinic. “Last year alone, RAM provided $1.4 million dollars’ worth of free care to more than 2,000 people, right here in Wise County, Virginia,” said RAM Founder & President Stan Brock.  “Until something changes, millions of people in this country will remain without access to affordable health care.”

RAM is still in need of additional dental, vision, and medical professionals to volunteer their time and skills in Wise. Thanks to state legislation, clinical professionals licensed in any of the 50 states can treat patients at RAM clinics in Virginia. For more information about volunteering at a RAM mobile medical clinic, visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.

 About Remote Area Medical: 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 120,000 Humanitarian Volunteers is comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals who have treated more than 740,000 women, men, and children delivering $120 million worth of free health care services. Last year, RAM held clinics in Tennessee, California, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia, Virginia, New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Maryland, Puerto Rico, India, Haiti, and the Philippines. Upcoming clinic locations include Texas, South Dakota, and Tennessee. 

CONTACT: Robert Lambert
EMAIL: RobertL@ramusa.org
OFFICE: (865) 862-5907
CELL: (540) 815-7934

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