Remote Area Medical to operate first-ever clinics in New MexicoRhea Gonzales March 29, 2018 0 COMMENTS
* RAM still seeking volunteer vision professionals to treat people in need.
ROCKFORD, TN — 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— will operate a clinic in Clovis, the first-ever for the state of New Mexico. Services available at the Clovis RAM clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, flu shots, women’s health exams, and general medical exams. All RAM services are free and no ID is required.
The clinic will be held April 7-8 in Clovis. Patient parking will be located at the Curry County Event Center, 1900 East Brady Avenue, Clovis, NM 88101. The clinic parking lot will open no later than 12 a.m. midnight on Saturday, April 7. 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, April 8.
“There are many states in this country that RAM has long tried to help by operating a clinic, but we often meet various legislative challenges that make it difficult to recruit professional volunteers. Now that we are working with New Mexico Mission of Mercy we can help treat those that are suffering and in desperate need of care,” said Stan Brock, founder and president of Remote Area Medical. RAM is still in need of additional vision professionals to volunteer their time and skills in Clovis. For more information about volunteering at a RAM mobile medical clinic, visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.
Founded in 1985, Brock’s original vision was for RAM to serve as a safety net provider of free medical care in remote areas of developing countries, such as Guyana, Mexico, and Haiti. Almost immediately after beginning operations, he began receiving requests to operate medical clinics in the United States. This inspired him to operate the first RAM clinic on May 9, 1992 in Sneedville, Tennessee. Since then, over 750 RAM clinics have taken place on American soil.
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. This year, RAM clinics have been held in Haiti, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and Virginia and upcoming locations include Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia.