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Thousands Fill The Forum for Free Medical Care
August 13, 2009 BY DARLENE DONLOE
The Forum in Inglewood has become the staging location for what is being called one of the largest free health care events in the United States. Remote Area Medical (RAM), a Knoxville, Tenn.-based global nonprofit organization, is in Inglewood to provide free medical care for those in need.
RAM has been serving patients in rural parts of the country and underdeveloped countries, and it has expanded its campaign to include U.S. urban areas. Inglewood is not exactly remote and doesn’t have a third world designation, but if the first day of the event was any indication, RAM’s help is sorely needed.
To optimize its efforts, RAM has enlisted the help of hundreds of volunteer doctors, nurses, optometrists and dentists to perform everything from root canals to eye exams, HIV and prostate cancer screenings, child vaccinations, mammograms and acupuncture. More than 30 community-based organizations are on hand to help serve at least 1,500 patients each day.
The mobile medical clinic will provide services from about 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Aug. 18 and is expected to rack up about $6 million in free medical care over a weeklong period, according to Andrea Van Hook, a RAM L.A. volunteer and spokesperson.
Thousands showed up for the opening day of the event to ensure they would have their medical needs addressed. Many began camping out and lining up on the evening of Aug. 10, while others, with children in tow, got in line in the wee hours of Aug. 11, the day it began.