Remote Area Medical leaving Wise County

Mike Still • Jul 12, 2019 at 11:19 AM

Remote Area Medical will not participate in future Wise County summer free clinics with The Health Wagon, RAM officials confirmed Friday.

“We feel it is the best use of RAM’s time and resources to focus on areas that lack the excellent health care that The Health Wagon, Mission of Mercy, and other organizations are able to provide in Wise County,” said RAM CEO, Jeff Eastman. “We are honored to have worked with The Health Wagon and Mission of Mercy in the past and to have served the Wise community.”

RAM spokesperson Kaylen Mallard said the decision reflects how well The Health Wagon performs its mission in far Southwest Virginia.

“RAM is there one weekend a year, while The Health Wagon is out in the communities every day.

Terry Dickinson, who is overseeing the Mission of Mercy free dental clinic at UVa-Wise Friday and Saturday, said that officials of the Virginia Dental Foundation and the Health Wagon are talking about how to bring both events back together in a single facility.

The MoM clinic began operating separately from the annual RAM-Health Wagon event in 2018. VDF officials said then that holding the dental services in the college’s David J. Prior Convocation Center offered improved patient comfort.