People line up for services at the Springfield Free Medical Clinic

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (WTVF) – People from across Tennessee have lined up for the chance to receive free medical care at a clinic in Springfield.

The non-profit organization, Remote Area Medical (RAM), is organizing the event. This is the fourth time the group has held a clinic in Springfield. In 2021, 233 people attended and received $87,154 in free dental, vision and medical services.

No ID is required for care, but patients will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6 a.m. Saturday, August 13. However, at 3 a.m., patients can receive a numbered admission ticket. All patients will be required to wear a face covering and will be required to be screened for COVID-19 before entering.

Services available at the clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, glaucoma tests, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on site, patient health exams women and general medical examinations. Free take-home COVID-19 vaccines and colon cancer screening kits will also be available. All services are provided by volunteer health professionals.

“Our goal at Remote Area Medical is to bridge the gap and reach people who don’t have access to healthcare,” said clinic coordinator Kim Faulkinbury. “We get all kinds of responses, but the overwhelming gratitude is probably the most common.”

Volunteers worked all day Friday to transform the Center into a clinic.

Tabitha Hunt was parked outside the building at 2 p.m. Friday. She drove six hours from Morristown, Tennessee, with her aunt and two dogs for a chance to receive free dental treatment.

“At first I think I’m going to hurt a little bit,” Hunt said. “But, I’ll probably feel a lot better.”

According to 2020 Census Bureau data, 783,700 Tennessee residents do not have health insurance. Tennessee Justice Center officials said many uninsured are eligible for TennCare coverage but are not enrolled because they are confused by bureaucracy.

RAM has treated more than 888,000 people nationwide since its inception in 1985. Officials estimate that the organization and its volunteers have provided $181.5 million worth of free healthcare and veterinary services.

The clinic will be held at the Center, located at 401 N. Main Street, Springfield, TN 37172. The one-day event is in conjunction with the Robertson County Baptist Association (RCBA).