Remote Area Medical brings clinic to Athens

ATHENS, Tenn. (WDEF) — Medical professionals are helping the community by offering free services on Saturday and Sunday.

Remote Area Medical (RAM), a non-profit, has set up a clinic in the McMinn County High School in Athens.

They’re expecting to treat 1,000 to 1,200 patients over the weekend.

“We travel around and set up these mobile pop up clinics. It’s on a first serve first come basis so patients were here arriving on Friday,” said Chris Hall, the chief operations officer.

“We have a free dental medical and vision clinic. The dental side, we are doing cleanings fillings, and extractions. And vision, we’re doing full comprehensive exams, glaucoma testing and were actually manufacturing eye wear on site. And in medical were doing free health exams. We actually have podiatrists and ear, nose, & throat specialists here also.”

“We completely run off donations. It’s the private sector that donates money to RAM to keep us funded to host these operations. In addition to what we have on staff which is about 30 people at this clinic, we have some where in the neighborhood of 450 volunteers here providing the services,” Hall continued.

“I’m a fourth year dental student, graduating in May,” said Robert Hannah, a U.T. Dentistry student from McMinn County.

“There’s always a lot of volunteer activity that people in the community would give back. It’s enriched in the McMinn County community. I guess you could say and the fact that I now am, have a skill set that’s valuable by these people, it’s just kinda rewarding to know that what I’m working towards is going to benefit the people that I’m surrounded by,” Hannah said.

“Took 12 months to plan this event, to make it successful so when RAM pulls out this weekend and heads to our next city, this community should be pulled together a lot tighter and hopefully have connections to get people services until we return,”Hall added.

If you’re interested in receiving the services, it’s best to get there early.

There is no age requirement, nor do you need an ID.

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