RELEASE: RAM event set for Aug. 16 & 17 in OKC

Event to be held at Oklahoma Expo Hall at State Fairgrounds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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

Chris Hall — Executive Director, Remote Area Medical: chrishall@ramusa.org / 865.579.2555

Phone numbers not for publication.

Remote Area Medical® holding Oklahoma City free care event in August

OKLAHOMA CITY — Hundreds of Oklahomans will line up each morning to be seen by Remote Area Medical volunteer health professionals during a weekend of free dental, vision and limited medical care on Saturday, Aug. 16, and Sunday, Aug. 17, 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.

“We need a few more volunteers in the dental and vision fields, especially for the Sunday of the event,” said Tres Savage, RAM Oklahoma's acting president. “We are excited to host our the national leaders of Remote Area Medical for their third event in Oklahoma. The work they do around the world and across the country changes tens of thousands of lives, and we are glad to be a part of that in Oklahoma.”

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

Patients needing care will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis regardless of income qualifications. Patients will have to choose between dental and vision services, but they will be able to seek women's health or a general medical consultation in addition. Dental care is limited to cleanings, extractions and a small number of fillings. Vision care will involve an eye exam, with glasses often made on site depending on the complexity of a patient's prescription.

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.

In 2012, RAM saw 1,538 patients over two days, and in 2010, RAM saw 1,635 individual patients for 2,497 individual services. Both events took place at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds as well, and the Fairgrounds remains an important Title Sponsor for the 2014 event. Other returning Title Sponsors include the Delta Dental Oral Health , Variety Care and FATE (Fighting Addiction Through Education). Patterson Dental and INTEGRIS Health have also become Title Sponsors for the 2014 event, and other Gold Sponsors include Legacy Bank, RAIN Oklahoma, Mayflower United Church of Christ, OG&E, the Oklahoma Association for Justice and Schumacher Dental. 

About Remote Area Medical:

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 the national RAM group at www.ramusa.org. For questions about volunteering in Oklahoma, please e-mail Tyler Sullivan at Sullivan@RAMOK.org or call (405) 410-5411.

 

 

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