SCOTT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - As the debate over health care heats up in Congress, a group of volunteers came to East Tennessee to provide free health care. The Remote Area Medical Clinic made its way to Scott County, where hundreds of patients took advantage of the services today.
The gymnasium at the Scott County Boys and Girls Club morphed into a dental practice today and scored big points with those in need like Leslie Loy.
"I think it's great. A lot of people around here needs things done that they can't afford to have done,'" the Scott County resident said.
From dental and eye exams to other health-related evaluations, the Remote Area Medical Clinic with nearly 400 volunteers rolled out services to Loy and others, who often can't afford the high costs of medical care.
Said Loy: "I have need my dental to take care of for several years now. I have been without eyeglasses for 5 or 6."
Stan Brock, founder and volunteer with Remote Area Medical, or "RAM," brought the clinic to Scott County two years ago. He says today, volunteers saw more than 600 patients - many of them in desperate need.
"The need is very great a lot of unempolyment in this county so its a naturally place for us to be," Brock said. "Over 125 people are signed up vision meaning they will get eyeglasses that we will make on the spot."
Brock says the health providers who volunteer see RAM as a personal mission and enjoy giving back again and again.
"Most of the providers we have here today are people from New York and even California have travled all across the country to come nad provide free health care here in the State of Tennessee."
And for that Loy is grateful.
"This people are a nice bunch of people you couldn't have for a better group."
The Salvation Army provided refreshments today during the clinic, which will also be held tomorrow from 5:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.