ROCKFORD, TN (March 16, 2020) – Remote Area Medical - RAM® – a major non-profit provider of mobile clinics delivering free, quality, dental, vision, and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals – has officially potsponed the clinic in Gadsden, AL, scheduled for March 28 & 29, 2020, due to the current COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic.
The decision to cancel the clinic came over the weekend, after several conversations between RAM, the local community, and local health officials. CDC also recommends that events that consist of 50 people or more slated within the next 8 weeks be postponed or canceled.
Although the clinic had to be postponed in the wake of the current healthcare crisis, dates are being discussed for RAM to return to the Gadsden community later this year. The clinic this month was set to be RAM’s first free medical, dental, and vision clinic in the state of Alabama.
A group of community leaders and stakeholders had been working in collaboration with RAM to bring the free clinic to Etowah county. Hundreds of volunteers had signed up to help those in need in the Gadsden community.
"RAM wants to thank everyone who has worked hard to bring free services to those in need," said RAM CEO Jeff Eastman. "RAM continues to prioritize the health of patients, volunteers, and staff. The decision to postpone the clinic did not come easy, and we hope to deliver care to Gadsden in the near future."
RAM remains committed to its mission to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free quality healthcare to those in need. For further updates and announcements during the coronavirus pandemic, please visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.
About Remote Area Medical: RAM is a major nonprofit organization that operates pop-up clinics delivering free quality, dental, vision, and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals who do not have access to or cannot afford a doctor. Since RAM was founded in 1985, more than 155,000 volunteers --comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals, as well as general support staff -- have treated more than 835,000 individuals delivering $150 million worth of free healthcare services. Last year, RAM held clinics in Tennessee, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Guyana, Haiti, the Philippines and The Bahamas.