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Surgeon General, Health Secretary visit medical clinic at Southeastern

Southeastern president Sean Burrage visits with Surgeon General Adams and Assistant Secretary Giroir.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage visits with Surgeon General Adams and Assistant Secretary Giroir.

DURANT, Okla. – It’s not every day that a couple of high ranking officials from Washington drop by the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

But that was the case over the weekend as Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett Giroir and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams visited the Remote Area Medical  (RAM) clinic in the Bloomer Sullivan Gym and Arena. Free medical, dental and vision care was provided to 600 patients during the two-day event.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomed the dignitaries to campus Sunday morning, who proceeded to tour the clinic and speak to all the workers and volunteers. Also on hand was RAM founder and president Stan Brock.

“Walking through here, you just can’t help but touch your heart, touch you very, very, deeply,” said Assistant Secretary Giroir told KTEN-TV. “What I see is a community, a non-profit organization, and the U.S. Public Health Service coming together to really care for people.”

“We go all over the country,” Surgeon General Adams told KXII-TV. “I’ve seen events like this in urban areas, but it’s tremendous to be able to have an event like this in a rural area.”

This is the second time in the last three years that Southeastern has hosted this event.

The free, two-day clinic served 600 patients from throughout the area.

The free, two-day clinic served 600 patients from throughout the area.

“Southeastern is proud to be a part of this program,’’ said President Burrage. “This is a great example of true community service in which a number of entities work together for the benefit of our citizens.’’

In addition to providing facilities for the clinic, Southeastern faculty, staff and students served as volunteers, as did numerous local citizens, businesses,  and organizations in the Durant area.