RAM Clinic coming back to Pike County

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Officials in Pike County are preparing for the next RAM clinic, which is less than two weeks away.

The clinic offers free medical services to people who cannot afford it.

This week, Pike County Central High School officials are getting the gym ready for graduation. But after that, people from three states will be packed in here to get free medical care from RAM.

Last year, 800 people sought help. But officials are expecting more than 1,000 this year.

"We expect that to happen, and we expect the people throughout eastern Kentucky to become aware that they can come take advantage of RAM," Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford said.

There will be a number of services offered, including autism screenings for children and substance abuse counseling from UNITE.

"Men and women health screenings, skin cancer screenings, diabetes, along with education," Coordinator Carol Napier said.

Dr. Bill Collins, a Pikeville dentist, has volunteered at several RAM clinics. He says he keeps doing it because of the people he helps.

"The reward is the personal satisfaction at the end of the clinic. You just feel good about yourself for helping people who truly need it," Collins said.

Napier says she expects to see more than 500 volunteers for the weekend, but says they are still in need for more optometrists and ophthalmologists.

"It's an opportunity for people to help others, so that's why we see an increase in people who want to help," Napier said.

"It's unbelievable what this has done for people who have fallen through the cracks," Rutherford said.

The clinic will be at Pike County Central High School on June 19 and 20. Doors open at 6:00 a.m. both days.

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