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RAM Clinic returns to Ashtabula, offering free medical care

ASHTABULA, Ohio – The Remote Area Medical Clinic (RAM) is scheduled to return to Ashtabula this weekend, April 2-3, at Lakeside High School.

In 2018, Ashtabula was the first in the state of Ohio to offer an RAM clinic to the community. Community members and healthcare professionals from across the country volunteer their time to help the underinsured and uninsured. RAM offers free medical, ophthalmological and dental care.

Dr. Debra Balogh-Crombie said 40% of Ohioans don’t have dental insurance.

“Yes, there are people who have had a hard time, but there are also small business owners who were there. The health care crisis has tentacles touching many different lives,” she said.

Ashtabula has offered the RAM clinic twice, providing nearly $1.5 million in free care.

“Never underestimate the power of small town America,” Balogh-Crombie said.

Now, after two years, the clinic is back. There are volunteers from near and far, including California, Nevada, New York, Kentucky and Tennessee. The clinic opens Saturday at 6 a.m. It’s first-come, first-served, so organizers recommend arriving early.

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