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Remote clinic sets weekend visit to Charleston

October 20, 2018

CHARLESTON — Remote Area Medical, or RAM — a major nonprofit provider of mobile medical clinics delivering free, high-quality dental, vision and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals — is returning to Charleston this weekend.

In partnership with West Virginia Health Right, the clinic in Charleston will offer dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental X-rays, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, women’s health exams and general medical exams. All RAM services are free and no ID is required.

Remote Area Medical, along with West Virginia Health Right, will operate at Bible Center School, 1111 Oakhurst Drive, Charleston, on Saturday and Sunday. Typically, RAM opens the clinic parking lot no later than midnight on the first night of the event (Saturday). Ticket distribution usually begins at 3 a.m., and patients are then served in chronological order according to their ticket number when clinic doors open, which typically occurs at 6 a.m. This process will repeat Sunday. In some situations, such as inclement weather, volunteer cancellations or other circumstances outside of RAM’s control, ticketing may occur earlier than 3 a.m. RAM encourages everyone who would like services, especially dental services, to arrive as early as possible.

According to U.S. census data, the poverty rate in Charleston is 20 percent, which exceeds the national average of 12.7 percent. Additionally, more than 1 in 10 people under the age of 65 lacks health insurance coverage. Because of these factors, RAM expects to treat more than 500 people from Charleston and surrounding communities during the two-day clinic.

Last year, RAM treated 512 patients in Charleston, providing more than $221,000 worth of free care, according to a news release.