FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2010
Contact: James Bolden, 213-200-5314
Aurelio Rojas, 213-974-2222
VOLUNTEERS FOR RAM/LA MEGA CLINIC AT THE L.A. SPORTS ARENA
Last year, more than 6,300 people were treated at the Forum in Inglewood
LOS ANGELES – In anticipation of an even greater turnout than last year’s mega free clinic at the Forum In Inglewood, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the Remote Area Medical® (RAM) Clinic today issued a call for medically-trained trained volunteers to help serve the thousands of uninsured, underinsured or unemployed patients expected to attend the RAM/LA Clinic at the Los Angeles Sports Arena from April 27 to May 3.
Last week, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas joined RAM founder Stan Brock on the floor of the Sports Arena to announce the return of the week-long free health care clinic that last year provided approximately 14,500 services to more than 6,300 patients. This year, there will be a strong emphasis on health education, prevention, and self-care.
The Supervisor put the call out to the County’s list of medical staff, local houses of worship, non profit health organizations and hospitals, urging their participation.
“RAM-LA provides an extraordinary display of volunteerism,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “This year the event will once again provide free health care services – without cost to the patient, taxpayers, or the government.”
In addition to professionally trained medical specialists, the greatest need is to draw additional support from optometrists, dentists, food vendors to provide ready-made food or make grocery donations and non-medically-trained volunteers to help register patients and manage patient flow.
The Supervisor urged those interested in volunteering for the upcoming RAM/LA Clinic to visit www.ramfreeclinic.org.
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