Volunteers Needed for Free Remote Medical Clinic Coming to SWOSU
A Remote Area Medical (RAM) Free Clinic is planned in July at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and volunteers are currently being sought for the big two-day event on July 13-14 in Weatherford.
The clinic is open to the public and sponsored by the Rural Health Network of Oklahoma. The SWOSU College of Pharmacy Rural Health Center is serving as host.
RAM Oklahoma is a free healthcare weekend for those in need of care they cannot afford. It is made possible by volunteer medical, dental and vision professionals; general volunteers; and sponsors. Patients are treated on a first-come, first-serve basis, depending on the number of volunteers.
Services being offered include free dental (fillings, cleanings and extractions), vision (eye exams, glaucoma testing and eyeglasses made on site) and medical (general medical, physicals, women’s health and more).
Randy Curry, coordinator of the SWOSU center, said the event already has 123 medical officer volunteers, which include doctors, dentists, optometrists, nurses and pharmacists. They will be seeing area residents at the free clinic. There is a need for additional dentists and optometrists.
Approximately 100 non-medical volunteers are needed each day to assist in other ways such as registration, hospitality and traffic/parking assistance, for example. Civic organizations and churches are encouraged to volunteer. Interested area residents should contact Curry at 580.774.3760 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curry said pharmacy and nursing students from SWOSU will also volunteer at the clinic being held at the Pioneer Cellular Event Center, 900 N. 7th Street, on the SWOSU campus.
Additional information is available at www.ramusa.org.