Dental chairs await patients ahead of the Remote Area Medical event in Durant, Oklahoma, on June 1, 2018. The 2019 event will be in Weatherford on July 13 and 14. (Provided)

Any individual can receive free dental, vision or general medical care Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, at the Pioneer Event Center in Weatherford, Oklahoma.

The national nonprofit Remote Area Medical will conduct the clinic, which is open to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis with no questions asked about income, insurance or immigration.

“Many rural areas have limited access to health care. That not only includes primary care and health specialists, but many people also have difficulty accessing and affording dental and vision care,” said Stacie Pace, the Oklahoma coordinator for RAM events. “RAM Oklahoma’s mission is to provide these much-needed health services and help rural patients get plugged back into the health care system in their areas.”

Last year, RAM Oklahoma hosted a free care event in Durant. In 2017, the clinic was held in Idabel.

Weatherford free care event details

The clinic parking lot will open no later than 12 a.m. midnight on Saturday, July 13. Ticket distribution will begin at 3 a.m., and patients will be seen in chronological order according to their ticket number when clinic doors open at 6 a.m. This process will repeat on Sunday, July 14.

Location: Pioneer Event Center in Weatherford (900 N. 7th St.)
Doors open: 6 a.m. both days
Qualifying questions: None
Cost: Free
Types of services: dental, vision, medical

  • Dental: cleanings, fillings, extractions
  • Vision: eye exams, prescription glasses made on site
  • Medical: general exams, women’s health, etc.

For more information, Pace can be contacted at (405) 259-4824 or Pace also runs the Rural Health Network of Oklahoma and is the director of ROK-Net, a rural practice-based research network with the OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation.

Those interested in volunteering for RAM can sign up online. Dental and vision professionals are the most sought volunteers.

Patients are reminded to bring a list of current prescriptions as well as bottle water and snacks if they intend to wait in line overnight to receive early numbers handed out at 3 a.m. The event will have the capacity to see several hundred patients on both days.

Weatherford is about a 90-minute drive from Lawton, Woodward, Enid and Oklahoma City.

FAQ and flier

The following “frequently asked questions” PDF can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

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To download a flier for the July 13 and 14 RAM event in Weatherford, click here.

(Editor’s note: This promotion appears courtesy of Dr. Barry Amos, a NonDoc advertiser who served as a lead dentist at Remote Area Medical events in Oklahoma in 2010, 2012 and 2014. NonDoc’s editor in chief, Tres Savage, organized those three events and still volunteers with the organization.)