ROCKFORD – Remote Area Medical- RAM® – a major nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics delivering free, quality dental, vision and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals—will be in Rutledge this weekend, October 16 and 17, to provide free care.

All RAM services are free, and no ID is required. Free dental, vision and medical services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The two-day clinic, in collaboration with members of the local community, will be held at Grainger County Middle School located at 140 Pioneer Dr., Rutledge, TN 37861.

Services available at the clinic will include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, glaucoma testing, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, women’s health exams and general medical exams. 

“Remote Area Medical is glad to be able to help bring free services to those in need in the Rutledge community,” said RAM CEO Jeff Eastman. “This has been a challenging time, and access to healthcare is more important than ever before. Thank you to all the volunteers who are coming to help those in need.”

To fulfill its goal of treating as many people as possible, RAM is still in need of licensed dental and vision professionals to volunteer their time throughout the weekend, including dentists, dental hygienists, oral surgeons, optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians and ophthalmic techs. General support volunteers for parking lot crew and set up/break down are also needed.

Due to time constraints, patients should be prepared to choose between dental and vision services. Free medical services are offered in addition to dental or vision services to every patient attending the clinic. 

The patient parking lot will open no later than 12:01 am, Saturday, October 16 and will remain open. As patients arrive at the parking lot, they will be provided with additional information regarding clinic opening processes and next steps. Patients should be prepared with their own food, water, medicines and clothing, when arriving early. Bathrooms will be provided. 

Clinic doors open at 6 a.m. Saturday, October 16. This process will repeat Sunday, October 17.

RAM encourages everyone who would like services, especially dental services, to arrive as early as possible. In some situations, such as inclement weather, volunteer cancellations, or other circumstances outside of RAM’s control, the parking lot may open earlier or a smaller number of patients served. Clinic closing time may vary based on each service area’s daily capacity. Check RAM’s clinic FAQ page at https://www.ramusa.org/faqs-clinics-during-covid-19/ for more information.

In response to COVID-19, RAM has developed and incorporated new disinfecting and safety processes. All patients will be required to wear a face covering and must undergo a COVID-19 screening before entering the clinic. Guests and family members of patients, including pets, will not be allowed to enter the building. New air flow, disinfecting processes and capacity limitations have also been put in place to ensure the safety of patients, staff and volunteers. 

Since RAM’s founding in 1985, more than 863,000 individuals have received free services. Email RAM’s Volunteer Manager Mary Brown at marybrown@ramusa.org, to volunteer at this event. For more information about volunteering at a RAM pop-up medical clinic in the future or to donate, visit www.ramusa.org or call (865) 579-1530.