Free medical clinic returns to Reno this weekend

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Remote Area Medical - RAM™, the largest free mobile medical clinic in the country helping underserved and uninsured individuals, children and families, is coming to Reno, September 29- October 1.

Parking for patients will be at the Washoe County Health District, 1001 E. 9th Street, Reno. Clinic parking will open at 12 a.m. midnight on Friday, September 29 for patients to begin the check-in process. Ticket distribution will start at 3 a.m. Patients will then be bused to the clinic location at the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, where they will be seen according to their ticket numbers when doors open at 6 a.m. The same process will repeat all three days. No tickets or parking will be available at the clinic location.

Remote Area Medical’s free, mobile medical clinics have been all across the country this year gaining attention from international and national media outlets such as the Washington Post, NBC News, Time Magazine, and BuzzFeed. RAM clinics reach from the backwoods of the Appalachians to the urban areas of Los Angeles and Dallas.

RAM last visited Reno in 2014, serving 860 people or nearly 300 people per day in the clinic. This year organizers are hoping to break the 1,000-patient mark.

“This will depend on the number of people who check in for services, but also how efficiently they work with us through the process to access care,” said Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick. “But a lot also depends on the number of volunteers we get for the three clinic days. This year we hope to not only assist over 1,000 clients, but we also hope to better our 2014 number of volunteers which was 300. To do that we need another 50 or more volunteers to step forward. In addition to general volunteers, we’re seeking to bolster the number of dental and vision professionals so that we can maximize our ability to provide services in these areas.”

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