RAM Oklahoma — Press Release

RAM announces major free health care event in OKC


CONTACT: Tres Savage — RAM Oklahoma Coordinator: Savage@RamOK.org / 405.410.5411

Ron Brewer — Director, Tennessee Rural AMerica Program: ronbrewer@ramusa.org


Remote Area Medical® announces

major free health care event in OKC


OKLAHOMA CITY — About 2,000 people are expected to receive free dental, vision and general medical care at Remote Area Medical's® first Oklahoma expedition July 9 - 11 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

Remote Area Medical® (RAM) is a volunteer medical care organization that uses volunteer health professionals to provide free health care on a first-come, first-served basis regardless of income.

Licensed volunteer health practitioners from Oklahoma and other states will help RAM treat as many patients as possible at the event, which is being co-sponsored by several Oklahoma health and service organizations. Care will be provided beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“We are very excited to be coming to Oklahoma,” said RAM founder Stan Brock. “The need for health care in the United States continues to grow, and Oklahomans have already shown strong support for this July event.”

Oklahoma will be the sixth U.S. state to welcome RAM's “Reach Across AMerica” program.  RAM, based in Knoxville, Tenn., was originally founded in 1985 to air-drop supplies and medical care to remote areas of Central and South America.

This official announcement comes two weeks after the Oklahoma Dental Association successfully held a Mission of Mercy free dental care event in Tulsa that treated more than 1,500 people.

Patients seen at RAM's first Oklahoma event will have every opportunity to be connected with follow-up care, said Tres Savage, RAM Oklahoma Coordinator.

“Beyond the care they will receive on these three days, we want people to walk away from this event with better avenues to continuing care,” said Savage, a born-and-raised Oklahoman.

Follow-up care might be provided through Medicaid, InsureOklahoma, federally-qualified health centers or free clinics, Savage added.

“Every Oklahoman needs a medical home other than the Emergency Room,” he said.

Savage is asking licensed and retired health professionals to commit to volunteering for the July event at www.ramok.org/volunteer or to call him at (405) 410-5411.  Out-of-state health professionals can volunteer as well if they apply for a “special volunteer license” with their corresponding licensing board in Oklahoma.  (Applications available on www.ramok.org.)

“Every health professional volunteering at the event will have tort protection under Oklahoma's 'Volunteer Professional Services Immunity Act,'” Savage said.

RAM will need volunteer physicians, physician's assistants, dentists, hygienists, optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, nurses, EMTs, medical students and general volunteers.

Meals for all volunteers will be provided in partnership with Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief.

Future RAM events will be held in other parts of Oklahoma, Savage said.

Oklahoma sponsoring organizations include: the Health Alliance for the Uninsured, Variety Care, the Whitten-Newman Foundation, Docvia, the Oklahoma Association of Family Physicians, the Oklahoma County Medical Society, the Oklahoma Dental Foundation, Delta Dental of Oklahoma Charitable Foundation, the Oklahoma Dental Hygienists' Association, the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians, RAIN Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, Wal-Mart, the Latino Community Development Agency, Crosstown Church, Crossings Community Clinic, Bricktown Rotary, Oklahoma Families Coping with Cancer and others.

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