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REMOTE AREA MEDICAL HEALTH EXPEDITION IN FINAL PLANNING STAGES



August 17, 2007 - Harrogate, Tennessee — Since the doors closed on the 2006 Remote Area Medical (RAM) Health Expedition Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) has had September 22 and 23, 2007 circled on its calendar and University administrators have been hard at work planning for LMU’s Second Annual RAM Health Expedition. With the event about a month away, organizers have been meeting regularly to make the free clinic a reality. The community outreach project provides free medical, dental, optical and veterinary services to the underserved, underinsured and unemployed.

Last week, LMU staff met with RAM founder Stan Brock and other members of the RAM organization for a status report. Suring that meeting the group discovered that the planning for the 2007 Clinic far exceeded any of the preparations the group made a year ago.

“In terms of volunteers, we have will be able to draw on our students this year since the date is a little later in the school year. We also have a lot more doctors signed up at this point than we had last year,” LMU Director of Public Relations and Marketing Kate Reagan said. “Last year was our first experience putting something like this on and because of that we had a lot of unknowns. Now, we know what to expect. We have looked at last year’s clinic from every angle and are implementing changes to make this year’s even more successful and beneficial to the community.”

RAM provides a wide range of free basic health, dental and optical services to the people of Southwest Virginia, Eastern Kentucky and Northeast Tennessee. The Knoxville-based organization also provides services outside the United States. Since its founding in 1985, RAM has provided services at over 490 health expeditions both in this country and overseas. On average, the group conducts one exhibition per month in various communities throughout the Southeast. The September expedition at LMU will mark their 500th free clinic.

Among the services to be rendered at LMU will be medical services including specialist exams, osteopathic manipulations, diabetes screenings and education, cholesterol screenings, pulmonary function testing, pap smears, breast exams, mammograms (a limited number available on Saturday) and medication assistance. In the dental area cleanings, fillings and extractions will be performed and complete eye exams will be available in the optical area. Additionally, eye glasses will be made on site, though RAM can not guarantee that glasses will be made for every patient. The veterinary clinic will provide free spays and neutering for cats and dogs, but only to households with an income level of $15,000 or less annually. The veterinary services are the only services which require proof of income.

The clinic will open at 6:30 a.m. each day. All services are rendered on a first-come, first-served basis. Patients are encouraged to arrive early and be prepared to wait. The patient entrance for medical, dental and optical services will be located at the lower level of Tex Turner Arena, which is behind the building. For more information on the services for humans call (423) 869-7162.

The veterinary services will be administered at the Phillips Veterinary Technology Center. These services will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Animals should not have had anything to eat for 12 hours prior to surgery (water is fine), should be in good overall health and be at least four months old. For more information about the services for animals call (423) 626-7182.

LMU is still currently recruiting for opticians to work in the eye lab. Additionally, there is still a need for dental hygienists and dentists. The number of people who can be served may be limited by the number of volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering should visit www.ramusa.org and fill out the volunteer registration form or call Kate Reagan, LMU’s RAM coordinator, at (423) 869-6389. The University is also in need of sponsors to help cover the cost of the clinic. Any organization or company interested in contributing to the effort please contact University Advancement at (423) 869-6351.

Lincoln Memorial University was founded, in accordance with the wishes of the sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, with the mission to serve the people of Appalachia. During more than a century of service, LMU has always looked for ways to help not only our students and the campus community but also the community at large. RAM and LMU have forged a natural friendship through the common mission to serve the underserved.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at admissions@lmunet.edu.

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