RAM event set in OKC for Aug. 25 & 26

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CONTACT: Tres Savage — RAM Oklahoma Coordinator: Savage@RAMOK.org / 405.808.0308

Ron Brewer — Director, Tennessee Rural AMerica Program: ronbrewer@ramusa.org
(Phone numbers not for publication.)

Remote Area Medical® returning to
Oklahoma City for free care in August


OKLAHOMA CITY — Remote Area Medical  and its local affiliate RAM Oklahoma need volunteers for a weekend of free dental, vision and limited medical care on Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.


RAM Oklahoma is especially looking for interested dental and vision professionals of all types, including students. Those wishing to volunteer can simply sign up at www.RAMOK.org/volunteer. All volunteers are covered against medical liability under a state law called the Volunteer Professional Services Immunity Act.


“People can choose what day or days to donate their time, and our volunteers find that helping Oklahomans receive basic health care is very rewarding,” said Tres Savage, RAM Oklahoma's local coordinator. “Anyone interested in helping can simply sign up online and show up in August ready to volunteer. We will get you all of the details, but everything is straightforward.”


Savage added that dental volunteers will have an opportunity to receive continuing education hours from the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry.


“We are working with many partners and sponsors to make this event a success,” he said. “We have the national RAM group, local health organizations and lead donors like the Delta Dental Oral Health Foundation all working together to care for as many Oklahomans as possible, and to connect those Oklahomans with follow-up care whenever possible.


“But the number of people who will receive care is directly tied to how many dental, vision and medical professionals who will volunteer their time. Our organizations and these patients are indebted to our volunteers.”


RAM Oklahoma is also seeking financial sponsors and accepting individual donations of any size to cover food for volunteers, equipment rentals and costs associated with women's health screenings. Information about how to donate and how your donation will care for Oklahomans can be found online at www.RAMOK.org.


“Oklahoma's volunteers and sponsors were very generous and committed in 2010,” said Stan Brock, founder of Remote Area Medical. “The event ran smoothly, patients were gracious, and our national team is looking forward to coming back to Oklahoma City.”


In 2010, RAM saw 1,635 individual patients for 2,497 individual services at its Oklahoma event. Many patients received both dental and vision services, as well as women's health and general medical screenings. RAM volunteers made 691 pairs of glasses on site with RAM's mobile vision laboratories. Dentists extracted 1,342 teeth and filled 477 teeth, and hygienists provided 216 cleanings. In total, 913 patients received dental care, which was the most requested service. RAM also performed more than 100 pap tests and gave out more than 100 vouchers for free mammograms.


This year's two-day event will be more efficient and should expect to serve as many patients, if not more, Savage said.


Based out of Knoxville, Tenn., the national Remote Area Medical  organization sets up its state-of-the-art mobile dental and vision equipment at more than 20 events a year around the country, in addition to several international expeditions. Learn more about RAM Oklahoma at www.RAMOK.org or the national RAM group at www.ramusa.org. For questions about volunteering in Oklahoma, please e-mail Volunteers@RAMOK.org or call (405) 410-5411.


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