SEATTLE - Over 60 health, human service and civic organizations have combined forces to produce the largest free health services event ever in the State of Washington. Seattle/King County Clinic with Remote Area Medical®, October 23-26, in KeyArena at Seattle Center, offers a broad range of medical, dental, mental health, and vision care, with a goal of helping 4,000 people in need over the four-day period.
Patients will receive treatment on a first-come, first-served basis. They may park free-of-charge in 1st Avenue N. Garage at Seattle Center beginning at 12:01 a.m. on each day of the Clinic. The Northwest Rooms will serve as the waiting area, where admission numbers will be distributed beginning at 3:30 a.m. for the current day. Doors to KeyArena open at 5:30 a.m., and patients will be admitted by number into the Clinic. Inside, all procedures, services, and prescriptions are provided free-of-charge. Patients will not need to show identification or proof of citizenship, and interpretation services will be available for those who need them.
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The effort, involving months of preparation and thousands of professional and individual volunteers, will transform the form and function of KeyArena. Luxury guest suites will be converted to medical examination rooms. Sixty dental operatories will take over the basketball court/concert floor. Fifteen vision lanes will occupy the KeyArena concourse and lower court. X-ray machines, mammography, 3-D Cone Beam image scanning and other diagnostic equipment will be on site. A mobile optical lab will produce 300 pairs of eyeglasses each day.
'This is not just another health fair. Seattle/King County Clinic patients will receive real and, in many instances, extensive care including dental fillings and extractions, comprehensive eye exams and free prescription eyeglasses, physical exams, Pap smears, mammograms, EKGs, X-rays, lab tests, flu vaccines, foot care, acupuncture and much, much more,' said Andrew Lofton, Executive Director, Seattle Housing Authority.
The inspiration for the clinic emerged from 50th Anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair in 2012 at Seattle Center. The six-month celebration addressed issues of importance to the region, including Global Health, which prompted organizers to consider what could be done to support local healthcare needs.
'Despite the Affordable Care Act, there are still tens of thousands of people across our state without access to healthcare services,' said Christine Lindquist M.P.H, Executive Director with the Washington Healthcare Access Alliance. 'The giant clinic is an opportunity not only to address acute health problems, such as an infected tooth or the need for glasses, but to provide medical screenings and connect patients with local resources to help them with continuity of care.'
Seattle/King County Clinic is produced in partnership with the humanitarian organization Remote Area Medical® and more than 60 health, human service and civic organizations from across the State of Washington. Hundreds of licensed healthcare professionals will staff the clinic, donating their time and expertise. Please help us inform those in need of this opportunity. More information on the Seattle/King County Clinic with RAM is available at: seattlecenter.org/patients or by calling 206-684-7200.
About the Host Community
The following organizations are collaborating to produce the clinic and contributing needed resources and expertise:
AARP, AEG, AllScan 3D, American Red Cross, Antioch University, Auston James Photography, Ballmer Family Giving, Bastyr University, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Brooks Sports, Inc., Ceres Roasting Company, Coca-Cola, Delivery Express, Experience Dentistry, Group Health, Hepatitis Education Project, Hispanic Dental Association, InDemand Interpreting, King County, King County Nurses Association, Max Technologies, Levy Restaurants, McKibben Merner Family Foundation, Medical Teams International, The Norcliffe Foundation, Optometric Physicians of WA, Patterson Dental, Pacific Office Automation, Philips, Pineapple Hospitality, Public Health - Seattle & King County, Ripe Catering, Seattle Animal Shelter, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Center, Seattle Center Foundation, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Fire Department, Seattle Human Services, Seattle Monorail Services, Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Police Department, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle-King County Dental Society, Swedish, Triumph Expo & Events, United Way of King County, UW Medicine, UW School of Dentistry, UW School of Public Health, Virginia Mason, VOSH Northwest, WA Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons, WA Academy of General Dentistry, WA Association of Naturopathic Physicians, WA Dental Service Foundation, WA Global Health Alliance, WA Healthcare Access Alliance, WA State Dental Association, WA State Dental Hygienists' Association, WA State Nurses Association, WA State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, World Vision (NOTE: This list is as of 9-21-14.)
About Remote Area Medical®
Remote Area Medical® (RAM) is a non-profit, volunteer relief corps founded in 1985 by Stan Brock, known to many for his work on the television show 'Wild Kingdom.' Initially focused on providing healthcare access to people in remote areas of the world such as Haiti and Guyana, in 1992, RAM was asked to hold a clinic in the United States and before long began receiving invitations from rural and urban areas across the country. Guided by its mission to prevent pain and alleviate suffering for people in need by providing free, compassionate, quality healthcare without discrimination, RAM has partnered with communities around the United States to hold over 700 clinics and serve over 500,000 patients. For more information, visit ramusa.org.
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