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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.