RAM Clinic, free basic medical services returns to Wise, VA July 21- 23


THIS WEEKEND, HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS WILL VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME TO PROVIDE FREE MEDICAL CARE TO THE MASSES AT THE REMOTE AREA MEDICAL EVENT IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. DR. TERESA TYSON AND DR. PAULA HILL FROM “THE HEALTH WAGON” JOIN US TO REVEAL THE SERVICES THAT WILL BE OFFERED AND HOW YOU CAN TAKE PART. THANKS FOR BEING HERE… THREE-DAY CLINIC TO BE HELD JULY 21-23 AT WISE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS REMOTE AREA MEDICAL- RAM”, THE LARGEST PROVIDER OF MOBILE MEDICAL CLINICS IN THE COUNTRY DELIVERING FREE MEDICAL, DENTAL, AND VISION CARE TO UNDERSERVED AND UNINSURED INDIVIDUALS, CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IS COMING TO WISE COUNTY, VIRGINIA JULY 21-23. THE CLINIC WILL BE HELD AT THE WISE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS ON STATE ROUTE 680. THE PARKING LOT FOR THE CLINIC OPENS AT 12 A.M. MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY, JULY 21, AND TICKET DISTRIBUTION BEGINS AT 3 A.M. WITH CLINIC DOORS OPENING AT 6 A.M. THE SAME PROCESS WILL REPEAT SATURDAY, JULY 22 AND SUNDAY, JULY 23. “THIS YEAR MARKS THE 18TH ANNUAL WISE COUNTY RAM CLINIC,” SAID KIM SCHWANER, RAM OF VIRGINIA CLINIC COORDINATOR. “THIS CLINIC, OUR LARGEST OF THE YEAR, IS THE RESULT OF MANY YEARS OF DEDICATION AND A STRONG PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN RAM VIRGINIA, THE HEALTH WAGON AND VIRGINIA MOM. OUR VOLUNTEER DOCTORS, DENTISTS AND OPTOMETRISTS WILL ONCE AGAIN FLOCK TO WISE COUNTY TO SERVE IN EXCESS OF 2,000 PEOPLE WHO NEED, BUT CANNOT ACCESS BASIC MEDICAL CARE.” OUT OF 133 COUNTIES IN VIRGINIA, WISE COUNTY RANKS 126 IN QUALITY OF HEALTH. 18 PERCENT OF THE COUNTY’S POPULATION IS CONSIDERED TO BE IN POOR OR FAIR HEALTH, WITH 31 PERCENT CONSIDERED OBESE AND 15 PERCENT UNINSURED. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS 8.3 PERCENT, COMPARED TO THE REST OF VIRGINIA AT 4.4 PERCENT. MORE THAN 65 PERCENT OF THE SERVICES RAM PROVIDES AT ITS CLINICS ARE DENTAL PROCEDURES. ACCORDING TO ORAL HEALTH AMERICA, 59 PERCENT OF ELDERLY, LOW-INCOME AMERICANS DO NOT HAVE DENTAL INSURANCE. MEDICAL SERVICES AT THIS YEAR’S CLINIC WILL INCLUDE DENTAL CLEANINGS, DENTAL FILLINGS, DENTAL EXTRACTIONS, EYE EXAMS, EYEGLASS PRESCRIPTIONS, EYEGLASS PRODUCTION, FREE EYEGLASSES, WOMEN’S HEALTH EXAMS, ASSISTANCE DEVICE (WALKERS AND CANES) EDUCATION, OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATIVE TREATMENT AND GENERAL MEDICAL EXAMS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RAM’S MOBILE MEDICAL CLINICS PLEASE VISIT WWW.RAMUSA.ORG/VIRGINIA

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