REMOTE AREA HEALTH EXPEDITION TO BE HELD AT LMU
July 26, 2006 - Harrogate, TN -- Lincoln Memorial University and Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps (RAM) will partner to present a free health expedition on Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20. Volunteer doctors, dentists, eye doctors and veterinarians will provide basic services for the underserved of the surrounding counties free of charge at Tex Turner Arena on the campus of LMU.
The event will also feature a community health fair sponsored by the City of Harrogate. The fair will take place on the upper level concourse of Tex Turner arena and will include booths from local health care service providers. Additionally, LMU will be registering participants for its latest Fitness Challenge.
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. Services that will be available at the LMU Health Expedition include medical specialist exams, EKGs, osteopathic manipulation, diabetes screening and education, pulmonary function testing, PAP smears, breast exams, medication assistance and some ultrasound testing. Other medical services may also be available depending on the number of volunteer doctors and their specialties. A limited number of mammograms will also be performed. Mammograms will be offered in partnership with the St. Mary’s Health Wagon and Thompson Cancer Survival Center. The dental services that will be available include cleanings, fillings and extractions. Complete eye exams will also be administered and some prescription eye glasses will be made on site.
All the medical, dental and optical procedures will be available on a first come, first served basis, with no restrictions. Veterinary services that will be provided include spay, neuter and rabies vaccinations of dogs and cats. The veterinary services will only be available to people with an income level of $15,000 or less and proof of income is required.
RAM organizers are urging patients to arrive early and be patient. The clinic will open at 6:30 a.m. The patient entrance will be behind Tex Turner Arena and all veterinary services will take place at the Phillips Veterinary Technology building on campus. “The biggest thing is for people to arrive early,” RAM founder Stan Brock said. “Other than that, they don’t need to bring anything. The doctors will ask some basic medical history questions, but they do not need to bring anything else.”
LMU and RAM expect anywhere from 800 to 1200 patient encounters during this inaugural event for Claiborne County and hope to draw patients from Claiborne and Campbell Counties in Tennessee, as well as Bell County, Kentucky and Lee County, Virginia. With that many patients, the University will need over 300 volunteers to accommodate the crowd. LMU continues to recruit volunteers including dentists, hygienists, ophthalmologists, optometrists, doctors, nurses, veterinarians, vet techs, nurse practitioners and medical technologists to staff the clinic as well as non-professional volunteers to help with administration needs. Interested persons are asked to contact LMU Director of Public Relations Kate Reagan at (423) 869-6389 or kate.Reagan@lmunet.edu for more information.
"We expect to have more than 1,000 patient encounters over the course of the weekend,” RAM volunteer Ron Brewer said. “We have a critical need for volunteers at this time, especially doctors, nurses, veterinarians, ophthalmologists, optometrists, dentists and hygienists.”
RAM has hosted clinics at everything from high schools to fair grounds, but according to Brock LMU will be the first University to host such an event.
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