Professional dental and vision volunteers needed

A patient gets a blood pressure check during a previous RAM clinic. FILE

Remote Area Medical (RAM) – a major nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics delivering free, quality, dental, vision and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals—will return to Springfield on Aug. 14, 2021 to provide free care.

To fulfill its goal of treating as many people as possible, RAM is still in need of licensed medical, vision, and dental professionals to volunteer their time throughout the weekend.

All RAM services are free, and no ID is required. Free dental, vision, and medical services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Services available at the clinic will include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, glaucoma testing, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, women’s health exams, and general medical exams.

The one-day clinic, in collaboration with members of the local community, will be held at The Center, located at 401 North Main St, Springfield.

RAM is seeking volunteer dentists, oral surgeons, dental assistants, optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, ophthalmic techs, physicians, and nurses, as well as general support for set up, breakdown, and clinic days.

This will be RAM’s third pop-up clinic in Springfield and first since 2019.

“Remote Area Medical is glad to be able to return to help bring free services to those in need in the Springfield community,” said RAM CEO Jeff Eastman. “This has been a challenging time, and access to healthcare is more important than ever before. Thank you to all the volunteers who are coming to help those in need.”

Due to time constraints, patients should be prepared to choose between DENTAL and VISION services. Free medical services are offered in addition to dental or vision services to every patient attending the clinic.

The patient parking lot will open no later than 12:01 a.m., Saturday, August 14 and remain open. As patients arrive at the parking lot, they will be provided with additional information regarding clinic opening processes and next steps. Patients should be prepared with their own food, water, medicines, and clothing, when arriving early. Bathrooms will be provided. Clinic doors open at 6 a.m. on Saturday, August 14.

RAM encourages everyone who would like services, especially dental services, to arrive as early as possible.

In response to COVID-19, RAM has incorporated and developed new disinfecting and safety processes. All patients will be required to wear a face covering and must undergo a COVID-19 screening before entering the clinic.

Guests and family members of patients, including pets, will not be allowed to enter the building. New air flow, disinfecting processes, and capacity limitations have also been put in place to ensure the safety of patients, staff and volunteers.

Since RAM’s founding in 1985, more than 863,000 individuals have received free services. Please email RAM’s Volunteer Manager Mary Brown at marybrown@ramusa.org. For more information about volunteering at a RAM pop-up medical clinic in the future or to donate, visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.

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