RAM Clinic coming to Harlan County

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Preparations are underway for a Remote Area Medical clinic, also known as RAM, in Harlan County for March 23rd and 24th.

The clinic provides free healthcare to thousands of people.

It will be held at Harlan County High School. Doors open at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 23rd.

Organizers started planning last year for the RAM Clinic in Harlan County.

Hundreds of volunteers from all over the country are coming to Harlan County High School to provide free medical care for anyone who needs it.

The RAM clinic offers free routine medical screenings, dental care, and vision care.

"This is something that's needed in this community constantly, and we're just trying to do what we can to meet the need that's out there," said Mark Bell with Harlan ARH.

Organizers say the need has grown with coal layoffs and others losing health insurance.

"It's for the uninsured and under-insured. There will be no questions asked," said Will Bowman with Cooley Medical.

During a planning meeting Tuesday morning, organizers announced 320 health professionals are volunteering.

"Dentists, ophthalmologists, optometrists, and scores of nurses," said Bell.

RAM officials are planning for around 2,000 people to seek care during the two day clinic.

"We're hoping that there's a lot of people that do come, so I encourage everyone. You don't have to be from Harlan County. It doesn't matter," said Kathy Guyn with the SKCTC Nursing Program.

Organizers are planning public transportation to the high school from pick-up sites in Cumberland, Evarts, and Harlan.

For more information, you can call Harlan ARH at 606-573-8208.

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