May 22, 2008 - Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will open the doors to its Third Annual Remote Area Medical (RAM) Health Expedition at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 31. The community outreach project provides free medical, dental, optical and veterinary services to the underserved, underinsured and unemployed and will run through Sunday, June 1. In preparation for the event, LMU officials held their final planning session last week.

Following months of planning and volunteer recruitment, the event organizers are ready for what they anticipate will be the largest crowd yet.

“We are in good shape,” said RAM Tennessee State Director Ron Brewer. “The volunteer response has been tremendous. We have a great group of dentists coming from all over the country, ready to serve. We also have a large contingent of optometrists and students coming from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. We should be able to see even more patients than we saw when we were at LMU last September.”

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 500 health expeditions both in this country and overseas. On average, the group conducts one expedition per month in various communities throughout the Southeast. The organization was recently featured on the CBS News program 60 Minutes, which highlighted the work RAM is doing within the United States.

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 only) 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 cannot 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, be prepared to wait and to bring snacks and drinks to last throughout the day. Patients that are unable to stand for long periods of time are encouraged to bring a lawn chair with them. 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. The lower level parking lot will be reserved for event staff and handicapped parking only. The road behind the Arena is currently under construction, so people are advised to park in the upper parking lot. Shuttle buses will run from the upper parking lot to the patient entrance throughout the weekend.

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 services available at the LMU expedition call (423) 869-7162.

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

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