Last year, 882 patients received services from volunteer health-care professionals. That meant 455 pairs of eyeglasses were given to 407 people who needed them; 386 patients received free dental services, including 974 extractions, 348 fillings and 264 cleanings; and 303 patients got free medical services.
This is the fourth year of the effort. The clinic opens at 6 a.m. Saturday and closes Sunday afternoon at Pike County Central High School. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Numbers will be handed out starting at 3:30 a.m. each day. For the best chance of being seen, patients should plan to arrive by 3:30 a.m. on the day they wish to be treated.
RAM-KY, modeled after a national organization with a similar name, was founded by Dr. Bill Collins in 2008. Since then, the Kentucky General Assembly has passed a law that allows licensed dental practitioners from other states to apply for and received charitable licenses so they can participate in events like Saturday’s.
For more information about RAM-KY, click here.