Remote Area Medical

Remote Area Medical will be arriving at the Ashtabula Towne Square on April 19, 2018 for Ohio’s FIRST free Remote Area Medical clinic with FREE medical, dental and vision services being offered Friday-Sunday, April 20-22.  RAM was founded in 1985 by Stan Brock who was working with the Wapishana Indians in Guyana, South America.  After being injured on the ranch in Guyana and discovering that the nearest medical care was nearly 26 days away on foot, Stan realized the overwhelming need for care in these remote areas of the jungle.  This led to the creation of the charitable, non-profit organization known as Remote Area Medical or RAM.  Since launching this outreach mission, it became increasingly evident to Stan that the need within the United States was just as great as the need in the jungle and RAM began offering clinics State side in addition to its international missions.  With their mission statement in mind, “To prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free, quality health care to those in need” RAM has served well over 700,000 people with care valued at more than $114 million.  Remote Area Medical is a nationally recognized organization which has been highlighted by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, BBC Radio, CNN, Dateline and Fox News, among others.
Ashtabula’s Community Host Group Leadership Team for this event, which is comprised of many area professionals, leaders and volunteers, is excited to be hosting Ohio’s first Remote Area Medical Clinic in Ashtabula.  The goal is to serve several hundred area residents per day.  No insurance is required and the event is free and open to the public. Patients only need to line up for services the evening before each day of service.  Patient admission tickets will be given out beginning at 3am and participants must be present to receive a ticket.  Services will begin at 6am each morning.  These services are offered on a first come, first served basis.  Medical services may include annual physical exams, womens health services, immunizations, diabetes screening and more.  Dental services may include cleanings, fillings and extractions.  Vision services may include screenings, eye exams and glasses made on site.  The services offered greatly depend on the professional volunteers willing to participate.  RAM is 100% volunteer powered.  Volunteers are needed in the medical, dental, vision and general areas of the clinic.  To volunteer, go to: https://ramusa.org/volunteer
Beyond the scope of volunteers and patients, a clinic of this magnitude will take a large amount of funding to be a success.  The Leadership Team for this event is requesting donations.  The Civic Development Corp will be assisting with the fund raising portion of this event.  Donations can be mailed to:  Civic Development Corp, PO Box 131, Ashtabula, OH  44005.  Please note “RAM Ashtabula” on the check memo line.  Donations may also be made on-line by visiting their website at http://www.civicdevelopmentcorp.org.  Click on the large green “Donate Now” button at the top of the page.  A one-time donation can be made via PayPal or credit card, please note “RAM Ashtabula” in the comments section.  These funds will be used to serve those uninsured or under insured in our community that are in desperate need of these services.  
For more information about the Ashtabula Clinic please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 440-990-1919.  
And to learn more about Remote Area Medical, its staff and other clinics offered, please visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-2555.