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– is coming to Whitthorne Middle School in Columbia, TN on July 14-15. This particular RAM clinic is made possible thanks to partners Blink Health and the Filipino American Association in Maury County in Tennessee. All services at the RAM clinic are free and no identification is required.
Patient parking will be located on-site at Whitthorne Middle School, 1325 Hampshire Pike, Columbia, TN 38401. The parking lot will open no later than 12 a.m. midnight on Saturday, July 14. 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 15. Services available at the Columbia RAM clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, women’s health exams, and general medical exams.
According to US Census data for the City of Columbia, nearly one in four people are living in poverty. Additionally, 17.6% of residents under the age of 65 are reported to have no health insurance coverage. Because of the factors, RAM and its Corps of Volunteers expect to treat approximately 500 people during the two-day clinic.
“Small towns and big cities; places up north and places down south; it’s the same everywhere we go. Americans cannot afford basic health services, like dental or vision care,” said RAM Founder & President Stan Brock. “We’re glad to be able to provide these free services for a third time to residents of the Columbia, Tennessee community.”
RAM is still in need of additional vision professionals to volunteer their time and skills in Columbia. 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, 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 Virginia, Texas, and South Dakota.