RAM in Wise County
Many of the patients we see at this clinic come from the coal counties of Southwest Virginia, home to some of the most medically underserved populations in the state.
Common health concerns of this population include: hypertension, arthritis, poor dentition, depression, heart disease, diabetes and pulmonary disease. Some patients travel for hours and slept in their cars overnight just to receive the free medical and dental care. For many patients, this is the only opportunity they have to see a doctor for the whole year.
UVA provides specialty care teams, such as:
- Emergency care
- Women's health
- Plastic surgery
- General medicine
- An on-site pharmacy
- An on-site lab
- Social services
RAM at Grundy
Our volunteers partner with the RAM organization for a second clinic in Grundy, Virginia, each fall. A much smaller event than the RAM clinic in Wise, the Grundy clinic is held at the Riverview Elementary School. A small group of clinicians and volunteers transform classrooms in the school into patient examination rooms.
At this one-and-a-half-day clinic, Grundy patients can receive many of the same services that are available at the larger clinic in Wise, such as primary care, pharmacy, dental and optometry.