MagazineJuly 2008A Noble Expedition

A Noble Expedition

On Sunday night 60 Minutes reported on Stan Brock and his nonprofit organization Remote Area Medical, which has set up camp in some of the most desolate parts of the world to provide free medical services where they’re needed most. The organization has completed over 400 “expeditions” worldwide since forming in 1985, and lately the pioneers of no-cost health care have been focusing on helping the 47 million Americans without health insurance. Earlier this year in Knoxville, Tenn., RAM’s 276 volunteer doctors and dentists saw 1343 patients, who received free medical screenings, including PAP smears and mammograms, and extracted 1066 teeth and provided 567 fillings.

At the end of the month RAM returns to the region to hold one of its biggest expeditions at the Wise County Fair Grounds in Wise, Va., from July 25-27. Anyone who needs medical care is welcome, but it is reccommended that patients arrive early, as only a certain number can be seen on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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