Tennessee Tech students serve hundreds through health clinic

By | April 6, 2017 1:43 pm

Tennessee Tech students were among the 661 volunteers who helped provide free, high-quality dental, vision, and medical care to 873 Putnam County patients recently at the Remote Area Medical clinic at Cookeville High.

The combined efforts of 661 volunteers allowed Remote Area Medical to successfully provide free, high-quality dental, vision, and medical care to 873 Putnam County patients services totaling $440,466 in value.

Tennessee Tech students Haley Jackson, Madison Dunn, Kristen Howard and Antonia Susnjar contributed as RAM’s clinic host organizers. The pre-health student leaders coordinated all of the recruitment, hospitality and publicity efforts. For the event, Tech’s pre-health students were able to work alongside several hundred local and out-of-town medical professionals and current students of medical, dental and optometry school.

Prescription glasses were given to 345 patients while 502 patients received dental care, including cleanings, fillings and extractions.  All 873 patients received general health assessments, preventative care education, and much-needed medical care.

“It was an amazing example of multiple organizations and individuals working together on a project to help others,” said Janet Coonce, pre-professional health sciences advisor. “The TTU students played a critical role, and I want to express our sincerest appreciation for their hard work and leadership.”

Both Saturday and Sunday morning, patients were served a hot breakfast in their cars at 4 a.m., and general volunteers were served breakfast in the Cookeville High School cafeteria at 5 a.m.  The first patients were seen in the clinic at 6 a.m. on a first-come-first-served basis.

“The tremendous volunteer community service of ROTC representatives, Calvin Hall in the parking lots and Madison Wissert in the kitchen were critical to the mission,” said John Bell, executive director of the Cookeville Regional Medical Foundation. “We want to extend our deepest gratitude for their extreme dedication and volunteer service.”

Upcoming RAM Clinics in Tennessee will be held in Maryville, April 22-23 and Morgan County, April 29, 2017.

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