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Remote Area Medical, the nation’s largest non-governmental provider of free mobile medical clinics for the underserved and uninsured, will hold a clinic June 10-11 at St. Bonaventure University’s Reilly Center in partnership with local and regional health care partners.
RAM™ clinics deliver free medical, dental, and vision care to underserved and uninsured adults and children. The medical care provided is free to patients of all ages, and service is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. St. Bonaventure is just west of the city of Olean at 3261 West State Road.
Ticket distribution begins at 3 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, with the doors to the clinic opening at 6 a.m. The same process will repeat on Sunday, June 11. Individuals will be called in order by the number on their ticket.
All services are provided at no cost to the patient.
“Cattaraugus County ranks 60 out of 62 counties in New York in terms of quality of population health,” said RAM founder and President Stan Brock. “This is the first clinic we’ve ever done in New York. If we continue to see there is a need in surrounding areas, it may be an area we are in more frequently. RAM goes wherever there is a need.”
Area health care providers, such as Olean General Hospital’s Gundlah Dental Clinic, Olean Medical Group, and the Cattaraugus County Health Department, will be on site to share information about medical services they already provide for the region’s underinsured.
This local support of the RAM clinic will ensure patients gain knowledge of existing area programs, have access to future resources, and can receive follow-up care.
Regional support for the clinic includes University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and School of Nursing, Eighth District Dental Society, NYS Dental Society, and Optometrist Society.
The UB “Smiles To Go” dental van, a 42-foot-long, state-of-the-art dental clinic housed within a tractor trailer, will also be on site for additional patient support. The van is equipped with three dental chairs, an X-ray imaging machine, a sanitization center and more.
“For more than 15 years, the UB School of Dental Medicine has provided much needed dental services to the children of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Allegany and Livingston counties. This important event now brings much needed dental service to persons of all ages living in Western New York, We are hopeful this public and private effort will serve as a springboard for developing new and sustainable programs,” said Stephen N. Abel, DDS, associate dean for student, community and professional initiatives in UB’s School of Dental Medicine.
RAM clinics require a large community effort, including assistance from local police, emergency medical technicians, local church groups, clubs, health departments, local businesses and individuals.
For the past 32 years, Remote Area Medical and its corps of 100,000 volunteers have treated close to 700,000 individuals, delivering more than $112 million in free medical services.
Medical services at the St. Bonaventure 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 clinics or to donate, visit www.ramusa.org. To volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-579-1530.
About Remote Area Medical: RAM’s mission to prevent pain and alleviate suffering is fueled by its operation of mobile medical clinics that deliver free, high quality vision, dental, and medical services to individuals who do not have access or cannot afford a visit to a doctor. RAM’s Corps of more than 100,000 Humanitarian Volunteers is comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals who have delivered $110 million worth of free health care services. In 2016, RAM treated more than 30,000 people in need of medical care with a value of $9.9 million of free medical aid.
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