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RAM collecting supplies to support Texas communities affected by severe flooding

Donations can be dropped off at RAM Headquarters, 2200 Stock Creek Boulevard in Rockford, TN

ROCKFORD, TN (June 26, 2018) – Remote Area Medical’s Disaster Relief team continues to provide aid to people and communities around the world affected by natural disasters.  This time, RAM is collecting disaster relief supplies to benefit Texans in the Rio Grande Valley affected by recent flooding.  A report recently released by the National Weather Service estimates the Rio Grande Valley sustained more than $100 million in damages as a result of severe flooding last week.  More than 18 inches of rain fell in some areas in as little as 24 hours.

“There are over one million people residing in the Rio Grande Valley and so many of them have been affected by these horrible floods.  It’s particularly distressing because it was just nine months ago that Hurricane Harvey devastated many of these same communities” explained RAM Founder & President, Stan Brock.

RAM Headquarters is accepting drop-off donations of basic living supplies at 2200 Stock Creek Boulevard, Rockford, TN 37853. These items will be transported to the Rio Grande Valley and distributed to people in need by RAM volunteers and staff.  The following, high-demand items are desperately needed by individuals and families who have been affected by flooding. Monetary donations are also graciously accepted at ramusa.org/donate or by texting RAMRELIEF to 50155.

  • Easy-open proteins (Vienna Sausages, Tuna, Spam, etc.)
  • Canned Fruit and Vegetables
  • Bottled Water
  • Gatorade / Powerade
  • Dog Food & Cat Food
  • Bleach
  • Baby Diapers
  • Hygiene Items
  • Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V)

For more information about Remote Area Medical’s Disaster Relief team, please visit ramusa.org/disaster-relief. To volunteer email volunteers@ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.

CONTACT: Robert Lambert

EMAIL: RobertL@ramusa.org

OFFICE: (865) 862-5907

CELL: (540) 815-7934

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

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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