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RAM providing free medical services to residents

Posted at 7:12 PM, Oct 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-02 22:12:19-04
The Remote Area Medical Expedition is providing free dental care, medical care, eye exams and glasses to any member of the community in need of care, without qualification or payment in Las Vegas.
"Dental is the most common need across the country," says Chief Operations Officer of Remote Area Medical, Chris Hall.  "You can actually throw a dart on the map of the United States, and anywher it hits, the need is there.  We have over 700 plus of these events, dental runs about 60% of the operation."
Coordinated by CARE Coalition, a Las Vegas non-profit organization, the Las Vegas clinic will be held at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy, 2730 South Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89102 on Oct. 2-4. Patients will be seen on a first come, first serve basis. Numbers will be given out starting at 3:30am Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Doors open at 6:00am, and organizers say they don't expect to shut the door until every patient has been seen.  
In 2014, the Remote Area Medical expedition clinic in Las Vegas served 852 patients over a day and a half yielding a quarter million dollars in free care to the Clark County Community.  Organizers expect to process about 1,000 patients this Saturday.  

Some of the services and special populations served included: 

254 children were treated 
464 free dental procedures 
455 eye exams 
432 free pairs of glasses were made and dispensed on site 
290 people received general medical care 
Based on the success of RAM in 2014, there will be two additional clinic expeditions RAM will also hold two clinics in rural and Northern Nevada: Yerington on Oct. 9-11 and in Carson City Oct. 16-18.
This event is possible because of sponsorship, donations and health care and general volunteers. We are actively seeking sponsorship, donations, and volunteers of any skill level. To donate, volunteer or for more information, go to www.CARECoalitionNV.org, email: RAMinfo@CARECoalitionNV.org, or call (702) 900-2124.