Remote Area Medical – Southwest Virginia

Volunteers Prepare for Free Medical Clinic in Southwest Virginia

Thousands of people will seek free medical, dental and vision care at the 2011 Wise County Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic, which opens at 6 a.m. Friday, July 22, and runs through Sunday, July 24. Among the organizations participating is the University of Virginia Health System, enabling patients to access specialty care and technologies normally only available at large hospitals.

Nearly 240 UVA volunteers will fill a tractor-trailer and their personal vehicles with medical supplies, drive 300 miles to southwest Virginia and help transform the Virginia-Kentucky Fairgrounds in Wise County, Va., into a scaled-down hospital. The patients will be seen in tents and barns with temporary partitions put up by medical volunteers. Services available include emergency care, mammograms, heart screenings, ultrasounds, chest X-rays, blood and urine tests, colon cancer screening, neurosurgery consultations, bone density testing, mole removal, diabetes management and access via telemedicine to other specialists. Primary care services and patient education are also major components of the clinic.

The Wise County RAM clinic will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 a.m. to noon Sunday. Care will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Before departing for Wise, UVA volunteers will be available to discuss their preparations for the RAM clinic.

What: Volunteers and students will load the tractor-trailer with medical supplies and equipment and depart for the 2011 RAM clinic.

When: Wednesday, July 20, at 11:00 a.m.

Where: UVA Medical Center loading dock, Lane Road. Directly behind the UVA Medical Center.

Media Opportunities:
• Get video of UVA volunteers loading the truck with medical supplies and equipment before departing for 2011 RAM clinic.
• Interview Audrey Snyder, PhD, RN, NP, Clinical Nurse Advisor for UVA Community Relations, Outreach and Service.
• Medical volunteers will be blogging from the RAM event. The UVA Health System blog will be updated throughout the 2011 RAM clinic.

Media Contact:
Lindsay Neese
(434) 981-0144

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