RAM Clinic giving health services to patients for free


HAPPENING NOW – THE REMOTE AREA MEDICAL CLINIC IS UNDERWAY AT THE MOUNTAIN EMPIRE AIRPORT IN SMYTHE COUNTY, VIRGINIA. NEWS CHANNEL 11’S KRISTEN GALLANT JOINS US NOW WITH HOW PROVIDERS ARE GIVING PEOPLE FREE HEALTH CARE AT THIS YEARLY EVENT. JUSTIN – A PATIENT TELLS ME THIS ONE DAY IS SAVING THEM THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS A YEAR. THEY’VE DRIVEN THREE HOURS TO VISIT A RAM CLINIC IN THE PAST BUT ARE GLAD TO SEE ONE JUST IN THEIR BACK YARD. L “WE COME BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE INSURANCE RIGHT NOW AND WE DECIDED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE FREE PERKS TODAY” THE REMOTE AREA MEDICAL CLINIC– OR RAM– PROVIDES FREE HEALTH CARE FOR ANYONE NEEDING MEDICAL SERVICES. “WE’RE JUST FROM CHILHOWIE VA. JUST ABOUT 20 MILES DOWN THE ROAD AND IT TOOK US ABOUT 25 MINUTES TO GET HERE” APRIL JACKSON SAYS SHE’S SAVED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS A YEAR THANKS TO RAM. THE CLINIC PROVIDING GLASSES FOR BOTH HER AND HER HUSBANDS ALONG WITH DENTAL SERVICES. “THE LINES WERE SHORT. WE WERE IN AND OUT MOST PLACES WE WENT.” THE COST FOR APRIL– “TEN DOLLARS IN GAS (LAUGHING) THAT’S IT YOU KNOW.” DENTAL CARE, VISION CARE, AND A VARIETY OF MEDICAL NEEDS ALL– FREE THROUGH THE CLINIC. “ITS ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS. SO REALLY EVERYBODY’S ELIGIBLE THAT COMES AND SHOWS UP. SO THEY DON’T ASK QUESTIONS RELATED TO INCOME OR INSURANCE” HARRY HOWE IS THE HOST COMMUNITY COORDINATOR FOR RURAL RETREAT VIRGINIAS RAM CLINIC. “ITS OUR FOURTH CLINIC HERE IN SMYTH COUNTY” VOLUNTEERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY WORK THE EVENT. “ITS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY. I THINK MOST PEOPLE GO INTO THE MEDICAL FIELD BECAUSE THEY WANT TO HELP PEOPLE” ALSO – STUDENTS FROM WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY DROVE THREE HOURS TO VOLUNTEER. “NURSING STUDENTS, MED STUDENTS, WANT TO COME AND VOLUNTEER FOR A PLACE LIKE THIS TO TRY TO REACH POPULATIONS THAT JUST DON’T HAVE THE ACCESS THAT SOME OF US ARE LUCKY TO HAVE.” PROVIDERS AND VOLUNTEERS WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE THE EVENT POSSIBLE. “NOT EVERYONE HAS THE SAME ACCESS TO PREVENTATIVE CARE AND THAT CAN BE SO CRUCIAL TO MAINTAINING HEALTH AND WELLNESS THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE.” APRIL HOPES SHE CAN GIVE BACK NEXT YEAR TO THE PROGRAM THAT’S GIVEN SO MUCH TO HER. “NEXT YEAR MY GOAL IS TO VOLUNTEER AND PAY IT FORWARD AND GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.” TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY IN SMYTH COUNTY FOR THE RAM CLINIC AND PEOPLE CAN COME IN FOR SERVICES FROM 6-AM TO 2- PM. BUT VOLUNTEERS TELL ME– COME EARLY BECAUSE SPOTS FILL UP FAST. WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON WHERE THE RAM CLINIC IS ON OUR WEBSITE W-J-H-L DOT COM. AND JUSTIN THE COORDINATOR OF THE EVENT SAID THAT THEY ARE ALREADY PLANNING FOR NEXT YEARS RAM EVENT. THANKS KRISTEN. IF YOU CANNOT MAKE IT TO THE RAM CLINIC THIS WEEKEND. THEY WILL BE BACK IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA NEXT MONTH. THE FREE CLINIC WILL BE AT THE WISE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS JUNE 28TH THROUGH THE 30TH.

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