HSC and RAM to Provide Free Dental, Vision, and Medical Care in Fort Worth

By Diane Smith-Pinckney

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The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC) and Remote Area Medical (RAM®), a major nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics delivering free, quality, dental, vision, and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals, is bringing a free clinic to Fort Worth on Dec. 11-12.

HSC and Hillwood, a Perot Company, have teamed to host this event. The RAM pop-up clinic will help bring medical services to communities in need and is slated to be the largest RAM clinic of the year.

“HSC looks forward to partnering with RAM and Hillwood to provide free medical, dental, and vision care to residents in need,” said David Mansdoerfer, Special Assistant to the President at HSC. “We are actively looking for partners and volunteers – both clinical and non-clinical to support this effort. You can learn more about volunteering and receiving services at UNTHSC.edu/ram.”

The free clinic will provide dental, vision, and medical services to patients on a first-come, first-served basis at Hillwood’s Aviator Way building located within Fort Worth’s Alliance corridor, located near Alliance Airport at 13901 Aviator Way, Fort Worth, 76177. All RAM services are free and no ID is required.

“Hillwood is proud to partner with HSC to host this Remote Area Medical clinic at Alliance in Fort Worth,” said Mercedes Bolen, Vice President of External Affairs. “Due to its easy access to major roadways, Alliance serves as an easy access point by those in need in Tarrant and Denton county, and even beyond the metroplex. We are honored to support our community by partnering to bring these critical medical services to those who need it most.”

Services available at the RAM clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, glaucoma testing, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, women’s health exams, and general medical exams.

“Remote Area Medical is glad to be able to help bring free services to those in need in the Fort Worth community,” said Jeff Eastman, RAM CEO. “This has been a challenging time, and access to healthcare is more important than ever before. Thank you to all the volunteers who are coming to help those in need.”

Due to time constraints, patients should be prepared to choose between DENTAL and VISION services. Medical services are offered to every patient attending the clinic.

The clinic parking lot will open no later than 12:01 a.m. (midnight) on Dec. 11. Ticket distribution typically begins no later than 3 a.m., and patients will be seen in numerical order according to their ticket number when clinic doors open at 6 a.m. This process will repeat on Dec. 12.

In some situations, such as inclement weather, volunteer cancellations, or other circumstances outside of RAM’s control, ticketing may occur earlier than 3 a.m. RAM encourages everyone who would like services, especially dental services, to arrive as early as possible.

In response to COVID-19, RAM has developed and incorporated new disinfecting and safety processes. All patients will be required to wear a face covering and must undergo a COVID-19 screening before entering the clinic. Guests and family members of patients will not be allowed to enter the building. New air flow, disinfecting processes and capacity limitations have also been put in place to ensure the safety of patients, volunteers and staff.

For more information about RAM’s pop-up clinics, to donate, or to volunteer, please visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530. 

If you are media and would like to cover the clinic or set up an interview, please reach out to RAM’s Communications Manager Mindy Cooper at mindycooper@ramusa.org or call 865-696-7038. 

About Remote Area Medical

RAM is a major nonprofit organization that operates pop-up clinics delivering free, quality, dental, vision, and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals who do not have access to or cannot afford a doctor. Since RAM was founded in 1985, more than 173,000 volunteers — comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals, as well as general support staff — have treated more than 863,000 individuals delivering $174 million worth of free healthcare services. Since 2019, RAM has held clinics in Tennessee, Louisiana, Idaho, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Guyana, Haiti, and the Bahamas. 

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