Remote Area Medical brought the most tangibly impactful event in decades to the greater East St. Louis area. The event took place May 2-4 at the Jackie Joyner- Kersee Center in East St. Louis.
RAM, founded by Stan Brock, has been leading teams of volunteer doctors, dentists, optometrists, nurses and other professionals for more than 20 years in delivering quality health care to areas and people who have had difficulty in accessing health care. The East St. Louis RAM event brought dental care, vision care and medical services estimated at a value of slightly more than $300,000 to patients from all over, at no charge, with dental services representing almost half of that total.
Almost 1,300 patients registered and almost 1,100 received treatment. Many of the dental patients had teeth extracted that had made their mouths the "house of pain" for years. Several eye examinations showed individuals needing, and getting, vision corrections for extremely poor vision. The dental, vision and medical exams all yielded results calling for emergency treatments. RAM either performed these emergency treatments or scheduled them on the spot with other local facilities. What a service.
The city expresses its gratitude to RAM, all other participating agencies, volunteers, donating corporate citizens and to the patients for their patience and cooperative spirit. The clinic epitomized what solid organization combined with selfless volunteerism can produce -- a world-class success.
The city and RAM have tentatively scheduled Aug. 14, 15 and 16, 2015, for the area's next RAM event. Please mark your calendars.
City manager, East St. Louis