RAM clinic a go for May 1-2 at WSCC

After a one-year delay due to COVID-19, Remote Area Medical, a major nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics delivering free, quality, dental, vision and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals, is bringing a free clinic to Morristown May 1-2 on the campus of Walters State Community College.

All RAM services are free and no ID is required.

“There is such a great need in this area for medical care and we are glad to be part of bringing these services to the people of East Tennessee,” Morristown Community Host Group Chairperson John Vasquez said. “We are thankful for the outpouring of support from local businesses, community and faith groups, and medical professionals who are contributing time and resources.”

RAM is still seeking volunteer vision professionals for the upcoming clinic.

To register as a volunteer go to https://volunteer.ramusa.org.

Services available at the RAM clinic may include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, glaucoma testing, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, women’s health exams and general medical exams.

Due to time constraints, patients should be prepared to choose between dental and vision services. Medical services are offered to every patient attending the clinic.

The clinic parking lot will open no later than 12:01 a.m. (midnight) May 1. Ticket distribution typically begins no later than 3 a.m., and patients will be seen in numerical order according to their ticket number when clinic doors open at 6 a.m. This process will repeat on May 2. 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.

In response to COVID-19, RAM has developed and incorporated new disinfecting and safety processes. All patients will be required to wear a face covering and must undergo a COVID-19 screening before entering the clinic. Guests and family members of patients will not be allowed to enter the building. New air flow, disinfecting processes and capacity limitations have also been put in place to ensure the safety of patients, volunteers and staff.

For more information about RAM’s pop-up clinics, to donate, or to volunteer, please visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.