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UVa-Wise houses RAM volunteers


The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is housing about 570 Remote Area Medical (RAM) volunteers who provide free medical services to those in need during the annual three-day clinic in Wise County.

UVa-Wise has been working with RAM for many years. College staff and faculty have volunteered at the event since its inception 15 years ago. Chancellor Donna Henry and her daughter, Maggie, were among the hundreds of volunteers during the first day of the free clinic. The Henrys arrived at 5 a.m. and helped organizers and health care workers with a variety of tasks.

“There were so many people receiving care,” Henry said. “RAM is something that touches the entire campus. Many of our faculty, staff and students are working with RAM.”

Among the volunteers, Henry recognized several recent graduates who are pursuing health care careers in graduate school. Current students were also during their share.

“Our nursing cohort was out there working hard in their red scrubs,” Henry said. “I am glad that we are able to open up our residence halls and provide housing to the many volunteers.”

The University of Virginia Medical School is among the many organizations that provide medical and dental health care for RAM patients. Other RAM volunteers from various states are housed on campus.

The RAM clinic, headed up in Wise County by The Health Wagon, is one of the largest in the world. The free clinic ends on Sunday, July 20.