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Southeastern to serve as host site for free medical services on June 2-3

DURANT, Okla. – For the second time in three years, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will serve as a host site for free medical services in conjunction with Remote Area Medical Oklahoma (RAM).

Dates for the event are June 2-3 in both Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium and Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

RAM is a free healthcare weekend for those in need of care they cannot afford. It’s made possible by volunteer medical, dental and vision professionals, general volunteers and sponsors.

The clinic will treat as many patients as possible on a first-come, first-served basis according to the number of volunteers.

Patients may choose dental, vision, physician or women’s care. Dental service includes cleaning, filling and extraction. Vision patents will receive an exam and have a pair of glasses made on-site, if prescribed.

Root canals and dentures are not available because they are too time-consuming for this event.

A limited number of mammograms and pap tests will be offered. General physicians will be able to conduct physicals and a limited number of lab tests, if needed.

Patients will be seen regardless of income or immigration status. Patients will have the opportunity to be screened for Medicaid eligibility, which could help with future healthcare needs. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Registration will be in Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium on University and N. First Avenue.

Volunteers will begin providing care at 6 a.m. each day, but a patient number is required. Patient numbers will be available after 3 a.m. in front of Bloomer Sullivan Gym on the corner of University and N. 1st Avenue. After receiving a number, patients cannot leave the area without forfeiting their number.

Some snacks will be provided for diabetics and children, but patients should be prepared to wait several hours for care. Patients should bring a day’s worth of medications, snacks and baby supplies. Water and restrooms will be available.

Volunteers in all areas  are needed. For details and to sign-up online, go to volunteer.ramusa.org

Remote area medical clinic serves 780 people

Dental exams were among the services provided Saturday and Sunday.

Dental exams were among the services provided Saturday and Sunday.

DURANT, Okla. – Some 780 people registered to receive dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglass production, women’s health exams and medical exams last weekend at a free medical clinic held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The initiative was part of the Remote Area Medical® (RAM) Oklahoma program, in conjunction with the Rural Health Network (RHN) of Oklahoma. The two organizations have a common goal of increasing access to quality health care for underserved Oklahomans.

Stacie Pace, RHN’s executive director, worked collaboratively with the RAM organization to being the clinic to this area.

Two facilities – the University’s Bloomer Sullivan Arena and Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium — were utilized for the medical clinic on Saturday and Sunday.. A number of the volunteers were also provided lodging in Shearer Residence Hall.

Joining the out-of-town volunteers were Southeastern students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

“This was a first-class operation that Southeastern was proud to be involved with,’’ said University president Sean Burrage.  “It’s incredible to see the dedication of the volunteers who come from across the country to make this happen.  We are already talking about having a similar event here in a couple of years.’’

RAM director Ron Brewer and Southeastern president Sean Burrage visit at the event.

RAM director Ron Brewer and Southeastern president Sean Burrage visit at the event.

Remote Area Medical® (RAM) to Hold Free Medical Clinic at Southeastern Oklahoma State University May 14-15, 2016

DURANT, Okla. – More than 1,000 people are expected to receive dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglass production, women’s health exams and medical exams. All services are delivered on a first-come, first-served basis. The clinic will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, and from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 15 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Entry numbers will be distributed at 3 a.m., three hours before the clinic begins. Patients can begin lining up for entry numbers at midnight, although many patients will form a line before midnight to ensure they receive a number.

The initiative is a part of the Remote Area Medical® (RAM) Oklahoma program, in conjunction with the Rural Health Network (RHN) of Oklahoma. The two organizations have a common goal of increasing access to quality health care for many underserved Oklahomans. Stacie Pace, RHN’s executive director worked collaboratively with the RAM organization to bring this program back to Oklahoma with help from local providers.

Two facilities – the University’s Bloomer Sullivan Arena and Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium located on 1st Avenue – will serve as sites for the medical clinic. In 2014, a similar clinic was held in Oklahoma City that provided services to 1,000 individuals.

Medical professionalsvolunteers, public donors, partners, and sponsors are combining forces for the Durant clinic. All providers are certified medical professionals, including, but not limited to, dentists, dental hygienists, optometrists, opticians, nurse practitioners, physicians and physician assistants. Medical professionals are encouraged to join the event at ramusa.org or sign up at the volunteer entrance door before 6 a.m. on May 14-15.

RAM, founded in 1985 by British cowboy Stan Brock, RAM initially served third world countries. By 1995, RAM held 60 percent of its operations in the United States. Today, 90 percent of RAM’s operations are held in the U.S.

RHN was established in 2008 with help from a grant written by Little Dixie Community Action Agency, headquartered in Hugo, Oklahoma.

For more information, call 405-259-4824 or visit ramusa.org.