RAM clinic coming to Monroe County

RAM clinic coming to Monroe County

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Remote Area Medical is setting up a clinic at Sequoyah High School on January 18 and 19. Remote Area Medical is setting up a clinic at Sequoyah High School on January 18 and 19.
Desperate patients will be driving to the clinic from as far as Georgia, and doctors arriving from all over the country Desperate patients will be driving to the clinic from as far as Georgia, and doctors arriving from all over the country
They expect to set up at least 50 beds for dental work, a vision lab, and also have an area for medical check-ups. They expect to set up at least 50 beds for dental work, a vision lab, and also have an area for medical check-ups.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

MADISONVILLE (WATE) – There's excitement building in Monroe County among those in desperate need of medical care.

Remote Area Medical is setting up a clinic at Sequoyah High School on January 18 and 19. Patients will be allowed to start lining up at midnight on January 17.

They're expected to bring free dental, vision and general medical care to at least 1,000 people if not more.

"Hopefully I can get here early and get in line first," said an excited Reba Lance.

She'll be one of the patients lining up early. For years Lance has been dealing with excruciating tooth pain. She also hasn't been able to see very well.

"I have problems seeing the TV. And I hope I can get my teeth fixed so I can eat better," Lance said.

"I've gotten a number of calls. I'll bet I received 15 calls today alone from people asking me what time they need to be here and how long they need to prepare to be here," said Monroe County organizer Patti Williford with the Monroe County Health Council.

Williford says they've been overwhelmed by the need in Monroe and surrounding counties.

Desperate patients will be driving to the clinic from as far as Georgia, and doctors arriving from all over the country.

"Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California," Williford said, reading a list of where just some of the doctors were from.

Dental assistant and Monroe County native Kristy Blankenship will be among those volunteering. She's helped out at other RAM clinics, and finally gets to bring her charity close to home.

"It's such a blessing to see so many people come together. A community come together to help so many people," Blankenship said.

They expect to set up at least 50 beds for dental work, a vision lab, and also have an area for medical check-ups.

Reba's looking forward to seeing better and being in less pain.

"I cannot afford it. It'll be a good thing for me and everyone else in Monroe County," Reba said.

While they have enough regular volunteers, they do need doctors to come forward and help. They need about 10 more dentists and four more optometrists.

Doors open at 6 a.m. For more information, call (423) 519-1160.

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