Southeastern News

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.