RAM Oklahoma is looking at hosting another free-care weekend at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in August 2014. Unfortunately, we will not host a 2013 event, but a 2014 event is being considered and planned. If you would like to be involved in event-planning and coordination, or you would like to be a lead volunteer of any sort at the August 2014 clinic, please e-mail Tres Savage at Savage@RAMOK.org, or call (405) 410-5411.
If you need access to dental care, check the Delta Dental Oral Health Foundation's "Resource for Dental Care Guide."
Thanks to the help of about 500 volunteers, 1,538 Oklahomans received free dental, vision and medical services at RAM Oklahoma's 2012 event Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26.
Care was provided to patients on a first-come, first-served basis. In all, patients received 2,042 services, including dental care, vision care, medical consultations, women's health and tobacco cessation.
"This event could not have been possible without the help of all our volunteers," said Tres Savage, RAM Oklahoma president. "I am so thankful for all of the time they donated to change lives and help get these patients linked to follow-up resources."
Dental care was once again the most requested service, with 1,016 patients being treated for 1,325 extractions and 243 fillings. Another 153 received deep cleanings. In the vision area, doctors performed 509 eye exams, and RAM's mobile vision laboratory made 444 pairs of glasses on site.
That means national RAM leaders and local RAM Oklahoma volunteers provided almost as much care over two days in 2012 as they did over three days in 2010. Please take a second to review and thank RAM Oklahoma 2012 sponsors for helping cover the costs associated with hosting this event.
If you have any questions about your care or about your time volunteering, contact Tres Savage at Savage@RAMOK.org or (405) 410-5411.
During its first free health care weekend in July 2010 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, Remote Area Medical volunteers provided 1,635 individuals quality dental, vision and general medical care.
Those patients received 2,497 total services, with many patients receiving both dental and vision care, as well as women's services and general medical exams. Using Medicare reimbursement rates, total care was calculated to be worth more than $420,000.
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— Remote Area Medical Oklahoma, Inc.