Free Health Clinic Coming to Knott County

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

The Remote Area Medical Clinic, known as RAM, offers free medical and dental services across the country. One of the clinic's next stops will be right here in eastern Kentucky.

On December 6th and 7th, hundreds of people will receive the health care they need.

RAM Coordinator Julie Haynes says, "Clinics like Remote Area Medical that come in and offer a free clinic of this magnitude, it can really change the quality of life."

The original RAM event was scheduled for 2010, but because of a cancellation RAM officials offered up the first weekend of December, leaving Julie Haynes and her crew less than 2 months to plan the event.

Haynes says things are going well, with about two thirds of the dental staff already signed on, but more volunteers are needed.

"We're going to need about 120 nurses, and we're getting quite a few at this point. About 250 general volunteers, we have five physicians and nurse practitioners at this point and could still use a few more," says Haynes.

But Haynes says some laws are making her job a little harder.

"Ophthalmologists have to be licensed in the state of Kentucky, and optometrists can not work the event, because there is a law that prevents optometrists from working outside of their office," says Haynes.

Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo plans to attend the clinic, and is working on waivers to allow optometrists to work at the clinic.

"We're working on it, we hope to have the ability to have optometrists there to give eye exams and that will give a big boost to the amount of patients we can see as well," says Mongiardo.

The clinic opens at 6am, December 6th and 7th. Organizers say providers will see patients on a first come, first serve basis.

Anyone looking to volunteer can contact Julie Haynes at the Hazard KRADD office.

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  • by Missy Location: hazard on Dec 8, 2008 at 04:22 AM
    I just volunteered for and finished working the RAM event in Knott County and feel that there are many people that have no clue how this event helped good working people who cannot afford care. From the area I worked masny waited for hours because they simply could not afford treatment any other way. There were no narcotics given at this event and it was my understanding that the entire RAM program is run entirely from donations. Most of the comments on here are incorrect. My advice to those to whom it seems like a waste; get off your butts and come to Letcher County in September 2009 and check it out. I worked very hard and was more than glad to do it. People in this area should be grateful ( and those receiving care were). It didn't cost tax payers a penny. It is however in my humble opinion a very good place to give a donation if you can. If you want to read more about the RAM Program look at their website. After that, post your comments. Thank you..
  • by Matthew on Nov 5, 2008 at 01:22 PM
    I hear they also pave driveways FREE in that county, what a place to live-blacktop and free healthcare.
  • by Kellie Location: floyd on Nov 5, 2008 at 01:20 PM
    No sportsplex pays it's way this day and time especially one out in the middle of no where and 20 miles from anything.
  • by Julie Haynes on Nov 5, 2008 at 01:17 PM
    The RAM event will assist several hundred if not a thousand uninsured or underinsured citizens. There are no eligibility requirements, no preregistration, just first come first serve. Several hundred people will get free eyeglasses or have teeth pulled or filled for free. No catches. This is not a government regulated program and no tax money is involved. I can tell you that each and every person working the event is doing it out of the kindness of thier heart. The Sportsplex is also getting no reimbursment for the use of their facility. Please visits RAM's website at
  • by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2008 at 11:39 AM
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this open to people in every county. Its just being staged in Knott County because of its central location and the Sportsplex facility that will accomodate several thousand people. People will be coming to this event from all over East Ky., not just Knott County.
  • by Wilma Location: ball creek on Nov 5, 2008 at 11:10 AM
    The sportsplex is a taxpayer drain, I wonder who and how many are getting a kick-back here?
  • by Jason Location: knott county on Nov 5, 2008 at 11:07 AM
    Hello anonymous, the sportsplex will NEVER pay it's way and we all know that, I think Crystal is correct.
  • by maudie on Nov 5, 2008 at 09:11 AM
    i think this very good,there are so meany people dont have ins.i would like to no if you are comming to clay county,i no people need help.god bless you all.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Knott County on Nov 5, 2008 at 08:54 AM
    Despite what some may think, not all of us are lucky enough to have free insurance coverage. Sometimes even if you do have insurance the co-pays and deductibles are so high that a person can't afford to go to the doctor anyway. Medications are a whole other monster. So please don't try to talk for all of us. I work full-time with no government assistance of any kind to help support my family and I am thankful for something like this coming to our area. Bless those that are giving of themselves and their time to offer these services.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2008 at 07:18 AM
    CRYSTAL, you obviously have nothing better to do than sit around and read these boards everyday and post ridiculous comments! Anyone who thinks the Sportsplex is not a great addition to the County and East Ky is an idiot.
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