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Friday, June 23, 2017

Organizers, supporters hopeful for RAM return

OLEAN, N.Y., June 23, 2017 — Local organizers of the Remote Area Medical clinic hope that the project’s initial success will lead to a return visit after treating some 400 local residents.The initiative provided professional care to uninsured or underinsured local residents at the St. Bonaventure University campus. Patients received everything from basic dental cleanings and checkups to extractions from licensed medical professionals both local and from afar.

Buffalo Dentist Dr. Kevin D’Angelo, Olean orthodontist Dr. Dominic A Colarusso and the Eighth District Dental Society in partnership with the University at Buffalo Dental School of Medicine were instrumental in coordinating the event with St. Bonaventure University and RAM.

“We helped a lot of people, approximately 400 patients,” said Dr. Colarusso. “I was told that is very respectable for a first-time clinic.”

A $2,000 Community Fund grant paid for host community expenses which included feeding hundreds of volunteers.

CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit said the board of directors thought it crucial to ensure the clinic’s success.

“The board saw it as essential to help the project’s success so that the clinic may return in the future and continue to close the gap in healthcare access in our community,” Ms. Buchheit said.
Hundreds of volunteers ventured to Olean from as far as Tennessee and Wisconsin to help ensure medical treatment for those in need.

CRCF board member and retired orthodontist Dr. Yogini Kothari and her husband, cardiologist Dr. Ashok Kothari, were among the volunteers treating patients through the two-day clinic.

“In less than six hours we had about 40 dental chairs, plumbing, lighting, instruments and materials and general supplies all installed and organized to convert the Reilly Center in to a fully functioning dental, vision and medical clinic,” Dr. Kothari stated. “It was very impressive.”

“I hope RAM will make its way again to our area and help provide the much needed care to the uninsured and the underinsured in our rural community,” Dr. Kothari added.
Dr. Colarusso shared that sentiment.

“We hope this level of success means that RAM will return. Then we can continue to treat and educate patients to connect them to more permanent medical and dental homes,” Colarusso remarked. “That is when we will see overall improvements in our community’s health.”
Donations can be made to the Community Fund at CRCF, 301 North Union St., Suite 203 or online at cattfoundation.org

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email foundation@cattfoundation.org, or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).


From left to right: RAM volunteer and CRCF board member Dr. Yogini Kothari, Dr. Colarusso, CRCF Board President Wendy Brand.

1 comment :

Tina M. Smith said...

What a wonderful opportunity for locals to get the care they deserve and many can't afford! A huge thank you to these wonderful volunteers for their time and hard work in making a better quality of life for the participants. Hoping in the future they do come back and even more can be aware and take advantage of this. I didn't know about this one, but in the future I'll be watching for it. Peace.