Area prepping for RAM Morristown event

ECONOMY/INCOME INEQUALITY: Heather Romans, 28, nervously awaits her dental examination as Randi Honaker, seated at left, and Kayla Rose, both volunteer dental hygiene students, wait for the dentist before he extracted eight teeth from Romans during the first Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic in Smyth County, Va., on Friday, April 29, 2016. Romans suffers from Muscular Dystrophy which can impact dental health. RAM provides free medical care for low income people and to people who do not have health insurance in several states across the country. Specializing in free dental, vision, and medical care in isolated and poverty stricken communities, the group sets up mobile medical centers and is having their 800th such event this year. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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 an appointment-only free clinic to Morristown Saturday, Oct. 10.

The free clinic will provide medical and vision services to patients by appointment only. Vision and medical appointments are now open and can be booked through Oct. 9, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Avenue Church, on West Andrew Johnson Highway in Talbott, or until appointment slots are full.

The Avenue Church is located at 6057 West Andrew Johnson Highway in Talbott.

Patients interested in receiving care should call 865-500-8555 to book an appointment.

Services available at the RAM clinic will include eye exams, glaucoma testing, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, women’s health exams, and general medical exams. Free colon cancer screening test kits will also be available. All RAM services are free and no ID is required.

“We are glad to be collaborating with The Avenue Church and the local community to bring this much needed care once more to Morristown,” said Jeff Eastman, RAM chief executive officer. “RAM staff and volunteers have been hard at work developing new procedures for our clinic operations, so we can provide these services to those in need during this time.”

Patients should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment time. Patients will be seen only at their scheduled appointment time. In some situations, such as inclement weather, volunteer cancellations, or other circumstances outside of RAM’s control, appointment slots and schedules are subject to change.

In response to COVID-19, the organization has incorporated and developed new disinfecting and safety processes, including the shift from tickets to appointments.

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, sterilization processes, and capacity limitations have also been put in place to ensure the safety of patients, staff and volunteers.

RAM is still in need of vision providers and general volunteers on Saturday at the clinic.

For more information about RAM’s mobile clinics or to volunteer, please call 865-579-1530.