RAM free clinic to be held in Gray this weekend
Free medical, dental, and vision services for those in need
ROCKFORD — Remote Area Medical- RAM® — a major nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics delivering free, quality, dental, vision, and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals— is returning to Gray, Tenn., this weekend for an appointment-only free clinic to be held on Nov. 7 and 8.
The free clinic, in collaboration with Project Access and other local organizations, will provide dental, vision, and medical services to patients by appointment only. Appointment slots for vision, dental fillings, and dental extractions are full. Dental hygiene and audiology appointments are still available. Patients interested in receiving care should call 865-500-8555. Medical walk-ins welcome.
The RAM clinic will be held at the Appalachian Fairgrounds, located at 100 Lakeview St., Gray, TN 37615. This will be RAM’s 4th year in Gray.
“Project Access is pleased to be the Community Host Group for this weekend’s Remote Area Medical Clinic. Regardless of everything else going on in the world at this time, one thing remains the same: people have needs,” said Sarah Scott, Community Liaison for Project Access. “We are grateful to be a part of such an amazing community network of organizations to help meet those needs. It is always an honor to work alongside RAM, and we anticipate this weekend will be a success.”
Services available at the RAM free clinic will include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, glaucoma testing, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, women’s health exams, audiology services, rapid HIV testing, COVID virtual crisis counseling services, flu shots, and general medical exams. Free colon cancer screening test kits will also be available.
In addition, RAM is offering free eyeglasses to anyone who has a valid prescription dated within the last year. No appointment is necessary to receive this service.
• All RAM services are free, and no ID is required.
“We are glad to be collaborating with Project Access and the local community again this year to bring this much needed care to Gray, Tennessee,” said Jeff Eastman, RAM CEO. “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, disinfecting processes, and capacity limitations have also been put in place to ensure the safety of patients, staff and volunteers.
For more information about RAM’s mobile clinics or to volunteer, please visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.
About Remote Area Medical: RAM is a major nonprofit organization that operates pop-up clinics delivering free quality, dental, vision, and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals who do not have access to or cannot afford a doctor. Since RAM was founded in 1985, more than 155,000 volunteers — comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals, as well as general support staff — have treated more than 835,000 individuals delivering $150 million worth of free healthcare services. Last year, RAM held clinics in Tennessee, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Guyana, Haiti, and the Bahamas.