The Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic is returning to the Tri-Cities next month to provide free medical and dental care to those in need.
On Friday, RAM officials and volunteers held a news conference to announce the clinic would return for the second year at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray.
The major non-profit provides free services like eye exams, dental cleanings, and women health exams.
Brooks Blair, executive director for Project Access of Northeast Tennessee, said more than 800 people received care at last year’s RAM clinic in Gray.
“We have a huge uninsured population in this area, it’s very rural,” Brooks said. “A lot of patients don’t have money, income, they don’t have insurance.”
Blair said more than $400,000 worth of free dental, vision and medical care was provided last year.
Carolyn Slider, rural programs coordinator for ETSU, said faculty, residents and medical students will volunteer at this year’s clinic.
“For the first time in several years, all five of our colleges in the health sciences are volunteering,” Sliger said.
The clinic will be held at the Appalachian Fairgrounds from November 2-4 in Gray.
We’re told the parking lot at the Appalachian Fairgrounds will open at 12 a.m. Friday, November 2nd. Ticket distribution will start at 3 a.m. and doors will open at 6 a.m.