The Remote Area Medical Clinic serves hundreds of people in Pahurmp

The Pahrump Remote Area Medical Clinic was held for the sixth consecutive year last weekend and throughout the two day event hundreds of residents of the Valley and surrounding areas had the chance improve their lives through free medical services, including general health care. exams, eye exams and prescription glasses and, one of the most popular features of these annual clinics, dental services such as cleanings, fillings and extractions.

Teams from Remote Area Medical, an international organization more simply known as RAM, descended on the Pathways Innovative Education building on Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3, teaming up with a battalion of local volunteers, all with the same mission in mind; ensuring that everyone who needed health services could receive them, free of charge. Although a breakdown of the number of each type of exam and procedure was not ready at press time, Mindy Cooper, Remote Medical Communications Manager, was able to provide a total number of patients served, reporting that 332 people were able to receive care during the two days of clinical activities.

Visiting the busy clinic site on Saturday, October 2, the Pahrump Valley Times was greeted by Cooper, who offered to take a tour of the venue as the event unfolded. She walked the Times all around the building in which separate spaces were set up and dedicated to the various medical services available. Medical professionals and general volunteers were at work, greeting patients, checking them in, directing them around the site and carrying out a variety of medical exams, screenings and procedures, and all seemed delighted with the harmonious nature of the ‘event.

Taking a moment to interview a RAM attendee, The Times spoke with local resident Linda Owsley, who was thrilled with the clinic and its incredible impact, not just on her life, but on the lives of the many others in attendance. this morning.

“I came here to do fillings and they said maybe I could do a cleaning too. I also want to consider getting vision care,” Owsley said as she sat in the dental waiting room.

At one point, Owsley said she had private insurance and wouldn’t have needed the help offered by RAM, but life changes and circumstances were a bit more difficult than they were. hadn’t been for her, so she was extremely grateful for the opportunity to have him. free dental and vision care.

As for the clinic operations themselves, Owsley said she couldn’t have been happier, remarking, “It was the smoothest, most caring and welcoming process. Everyone makes you feel so welcome and loved and like you matter. It’s the best experience I’ve ever had. And I will definitely spread the word, because I also want to help the community.

The director of the remote area medical clinic, Vicki Gregg, was also on hand Saturday morning and she too offered a few words about the clinic. She said that for her, RAM is a perfect fit because she loves the idea of ​​giving back to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get health care.

“Dealing with people who don’t have the ability to access it,” Gregg said when asked what RAM’s biggest draw for her was. “They may have medical insurance, but in many cases vision insurance and dental insurance are very limited. We have patients who need dental extractions, who need a new pair of glasses, and those things can get expensive. It’s always that, giving back to the community in need. That’s why I do this.

She noted that the Pahrump Clinic, which she was attending for the second time, is one of her favorites. “I love this community,” added Gregg. “They always treat us so well here and the patients are just wonderful.”

In addition to providing medical exams and procedures, RAM had another goal this year, and that was to help area residents who have sadly lost their primary care physician with the passing of local practitioner Dr. Craig. He was a beloved member of the community and his passing hit his patients hard, both emotionally and in terms of healthcare. Many were left without the ability to refill their prescription medications and with that knowledge in mind, the Pahrump RAM Committee organized a ‘fast track’ process for former patients of Dr. Craig, who were able to walk out and get clearance. for their medication. renewals, as well as referrals to new primary care physicians.

One local resident benefiting from this process was Faye Burdzinski, who said the ability to have her prescriptions refilled while waiting for her first appointment with her new doctor saved her life.

“It’s so convenient to have it here, it’s a good safety net,” Burdzinski said. “I really appreciate RAM, I mean, it never really hit my radar before, because I didn’t need it, but when it was announced that we could come here and get a bridge for our prescriptions, I was like, ‘Check me in!’ I’m so impressed with how everything is going here, it’s such a huge company and it’s so well organized.

Ultimately, Cooper said the 6th Annual Pahrump Remote Area Medical Clinic was a great success and the organization looks forward to making another comeback in 2021.

“RAM is so pleased to have been able to once again provide much needed care to the local community in Pahrump this past weekend,” Cooper told The Times. “So many people came together to make this event a success, and it was amazing to work with an organization like the NyE Communities Coalition, which has such an impact. So many patients have been served. Thank you to all the volunteers, near and far, who have come forward to help those in need receive these life-changing services.

For more information about Ram, visit www.RAMUSA.org

Contact reporter Robin Hebrock at [email protected]