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Dentist get to work at the dental stations located on the basketball courts of Tex Turner Arena during the of the RAM clinic last year.

LMU to host remote area medical clinic June 1-2

Harrogate, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will serve as the community host group as Remote Area Medical (RAM) returns to Tex Turner Arena for a mobile health clinic on June 1 and June 2. The community outreach project will provide free medical, dental, vision and veterinary services to the underserved, uninsured, underinsured and unemployed.

Since 2006, RAM and LMU have partnered to deliver nearly $2 million worth of services to 5,501 people and over $229,000 worth of free veterinary care to more than 1,600 pets in our region. The 2018 RAM clinic served 595 people, providing them with $401,050 worth of free dental, vision and medical care. Additionally, the veterinary clinic served 106 pets of the human patients received over $29,000 in free veterinary care, including spay and neuter surgeries.

The Tex Turner Arena parking lot will open at midnight and numbers will begin to be distributed at 3 a.m. People taking part in the human services clinic may bring their unaltered cats and dogs for spay/neuter and additional veterinary services. Services will not be available for pets that have already been fixed. Dogs should be leashed or in small carriers; cats should be in carriers. Animals should not be fed after midnight unless they are less than six months old.

During the clinic, licensed volunteers will be providing free medical, dental and vision services. All services are rendered on a first-come, first-served basis, with no eligibility requirements. Patients are encouraged to arrive early (by 3:30 a.m.), be prepared for inclement weather and long waits and to bring snacks and drinks to last throughout the day. Patients who are unable to stand for long periods of time are encouraged to bring a lawn chair with them. All animals may have water. Animals will be registered overnight and pet owners should be prepared to drop them off at designated locations at 4:30 a.m.

The patient entrance 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. All other parking will be in the upper parking lot; shuttle buses will run to the patient entrance throughout the weekend.

A variety of free services will be rendered at LMU:

– Medical services will include specialist exams, osteopathic manipulations, diabetes screenings and education, cholesterol screenings, pulmonary function testing, pap smears, breast exams and medication assistance;

– Dental cleanings, fillings and extractions will be performed onsite;

– Vision services will include complete eye exams with eyeglasses to be made on site, as time and supplies permit;

– The RAM Veterinary Clinic is only for intact animals of RAM patients and includes spays and neuters, as well as vaccines and other veterinary services for animals spayed or neutered at the clinic.

Volunteers are still needed for both clinics including dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, oral surgeons, blood borne pathogen trained volunteers, ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, EMTs, veterinarians, vet techs and vet assistants. Additionally, lay volunteers are needed for registration and clinic support. Register online at volunteer.RAMusa.org or call 865-579-2555.

For more information about services available at the LMU RAM mobile medical clinic call 423-869-7772. For more information about RAM, go to www.RAMusa.org.