Free Medical Clinic Returning to Springfield, TN August 14th
Professional Dental and Vision Volunteers still needed for free clinic
SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – 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—will return to Springfield, TN, on August 14, 2021 to provide free care.
To fulfill its goal of treating as many people as possible, RAM is still in need of licensed medical, vision, and dental professionals to volunteer their time throughout the weekend.
All RAM services are free, and no ID is required. Free dental, vision, and medical services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Services available at the 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, and general medical exams.
The one-day clinic, in collaboration with members of the local community, will be held at The Center, located at 401 North Main St, Springfield, TN 37172.
RAM is seeking volunteer dentists, oral surgeons, dental assistants, optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, ophthalmic techs, physicians, and nurses, as well as general support for set up, breakdown, and clinic days.
This will be RAM’s third pop-up clinic in Springfield and first since 2019.
“Remote Area Medical is glad to be able to return to help bring free services to those in need in the Springfield community,” said RAM CEO Jeff Eastman. “This has been a challenging time, and access to healthcare is more important than ever before. Thank you to all the volunteers who are coming to help those in need.”
Due to time constraints, patients should be prepared to choose between DENTAL and VISION services. Free medical services are offered in addition to dental or vision services to every patient attending the clinic.
Treatment will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Individuals seeking care are encouraged to arrive as early as possible. Please park in a line beginning at the front of The Center located at 401 N Main St, Springfield, TN 37172. Starting at 3:00AM, vehicles will be processed through the check-in station where they will receive information on the admission process. Clinic doors open at 6 am on Saturday, August 14.
RAM encourages everyone who would like services, especially dental services, to arrive as early as possible. In some situations, such as inclement weather, volunteer cancellations, or other circumstances outside of RAM’s control, the parking lot may open earlier or a smaller number of patients served. *Clinic closing time may vary based on each service area’s daily capacity. Please check RAM’s clinic FAQ page for more information.
In response to COVID-19, RAM has incorporated and developed new disinfecting and safety processes. 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, including pets, 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.
Since RAM’s founding in 1985, more than 863,000 individuals have received free services.
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 173,000 volunteers –comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals, as well as general support staff — have treated more than 863,000 individuals delivering $174 million worth of free healthcare services. RAM has held clinics in locations such as Tennessee, Louisiana, Idaho, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Guyana, Haiti, and the Bahamas
Please email RAM’s Volunteer Manager Mary Brown at [email protected] For more information about volunteering at a RAM pop-up medical clinic in the future or to donate, visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.
In August 2019…
The Clinic treated 299 patients and provided $122,911 in services. PHOTOS: RCBA
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