For the second year in a row, Genesee Valley Central School served as the host site for a remote area medical (RAM) clinic, providing free medical, vision, and dental care to 239 patients.
During the two days of the clinic, a multitude of medical services were provided to the community, including 119 eye exams, 140 locally made prescription glasses, 30 dental cleanings and 45 dental extractions. Other services included general health checkups, women’s health screenings, lab work, behavioral health, podiatry, diabetes care, and more.
In addition to RAM’s administrative team and core volunteers, nearly 400 people volunteered in a variety of roles, including facility, general support, nursing staff, as well as dental providers, visual and medical. Volunteers came from near and far, including 140 nursing students from Alfred State College, dental students from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, as well as student volunteers from Penn State, Canisius College and the SUNY College of Optometry in New York.
“The Remote Area Medical Clinic has been an amazing experience,” shared Jonathan Chaffee, “to be able to volunteer and see the time and effort it takes to run the clinic, and also speak with people who receive medical services and hear how grateful they are for the free care provided.
Many community organizations, agencies, schools, and churches provided financial assistance, volunteers, and donations of food and supplies to support the clinic. Jones Memorial Hospital, the Allegany County Area Foundation, and the Health Foundation of Western and Central NY were major funders. In total, more than $23,000 in financial donations were received from more than 20 organizations.
“When health care needs are not met and people are not feeling well, it causes stress in all aspects of their lives,” commented RAM volunteer Nikki Curcio-Medler. “The RAM Clinic provided immediate health care at no cost to our neighbors, family and friends, helping them focus on improving their physical and mental health.”
The 2021 and 2022 RAM clinics held in Genesee Valley provided care for over 500 people, bringing $250,000 in free medical services to the local community.