Whitesburg KY

RAM guidelines are listed

care are encouraged to arrive as early as possible to ensure they receive services at a two-day clinic in Jenkins.

Those wishing to be seen by medical professionals at the Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps (RAM) expedition set for Sept. 26 and 27 at Jenkins High School are required to be issued a number before the process begins.

“Where it is first come first serve, the earliest they can get there the better to get a number,” said Hettie Adams, coordinator for the Letcher County RAM event. “To be guaranteed to be seen, the sooner they can get in line the better.”

Numbers will be distributed at the building formerly occupied by Drillers LLC at the Gateway Industrial Park in Jenkins beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 25. Once patients receive a number they may not leave the premises unless they return their number and are issued a second number.

Adams, executive secretary for Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward, said at past RAM events people have camped out or stayed in their vehicles while waiting for their numbers to be called. Portable toilets will be available on the site.

Water will be handed out Sept. 25 and patients are encouraged to bring snacks for Friday night. Three meals will be served to patients and volunteers on Saturday and two meals will be served on Sunday.

“For a small community I think we are going above and beyond in an accommodating environment,” said Dr. David A. Narramore, a Whitesburg dentist who has helped recruit volunteers for the RAM event,

Numbers will be handed out to patients by volunteers all night long continuing through Saturday.

Beginning at 5 a.m. on Sept. 26, numbers will be shuttled from the Drillers LLC building to Jenkins High School. The clinic begins at 6 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

At about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, RAM personnel will assess how many patients are still waiting to receive services and those people will be issued new numbers to get medical care on Sunday.

Numbers will also be distributed beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Gateway Industrial Park. The clinic will reopen at Jenkins High School at 6 a.m. on Sunday and will close at 2 p.m.

Narramore said denture and partial repairs will be one of the new services available at this RAM expedition. Dental cleanings, fillings and extractions will also be provided to those in need. Twenty-five optometrists and 10 optometry students will perform eye exams and make eyeglasses on site for patients.

General medical services such as blood sugar and cholesterol checks and general exams will also be available at the clinic. Breast examinations will be provided for patients 40 and over or to those that have a medical history of breast cancer in their family. Those who qualify will be given a voucher to receive a free mammogram at the Whitesburg hospital.

Thirty-five nurses and five doctors have agreed to volunteer for the event. Local optometrists volunteering are Shane Barker, Jerald Combs and Dwayne Sizemore. Local doctors volunteering are Katherine Gish, Ricky Collins, Mouza Goova and Magurd Khauzam. Local nurse practitioners volunteering are Alicia Cook, Carrie Hall and Ellen Wright. Local dentists volunteering are Narramore and Kevin Roark.

“These clinics are designed for the working people that cannot afford insurance or co-pays, for people that have met hard times and are not working, for those that are disabled and do not have sufficient insurance, for the elderly and retired people that are just making ends meet, and all the others that have no resources to get the care they need,” said William E. Collins, D.M.D, a Pikeville dentist who is a member of RAM Kentucky.

The RAM events are funded through private donations and receive no monetary assistance from the government.

Sponsors for the Letcher County RAM clinic are Childers Oil Company, EQT, the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, the Letcher County Health Department, Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Jenkins Independent School Board, Prestonsburg KCTC, Big Sandy KCTC Dental Hygiene Program and Whitaker Bank. Letcher County Fiscal Court is the host for the event.

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