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Free health, dental care offered this weekend at St. Bonaventure

The Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps, with help from dozens of volunteer health providers across Western New York, will host a free dental and medical clinic this weekend in the St. Bonaventure University Reilly Center.

The nonprofit corps, headquartered outside Knoxville, Tenn., offers services on a first-come, first-serve basis for dental cleaning, fillings and extractions, eye exams, physical exams and health screenings. It also provides educational materials.

Ticket distribution starts at 3 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Doors to the clinic will open at 6 a.m. both days. St. Bonaventure is just west of the city of Olean, at 3261 West State Road.

"This is very mission-centric for us," said Thomas Missel, interim vice president for university relations.

All services are provided at no cost to the patient. Dental and vision, dental and medical or vision and medical services are available during one visit, but not dental and vision. The UB “Smiles to Go” dental van will be among those providing services.

The corps has treated close to 700,000 people during the last three decades, delivering more than $112 million in free medical services.

“Cattaraugus County ranks 60 out of 62 counties in New York in terms of quality of population health,” founder and president Stan Brock said. “This is the first clinic we’ve ever done in New York. If we continue to see there is a need in surrounding areas, it may be an area we are in more frequently.”

Those who attend need not bring proof of residency or income, but are encouraged to bring a list of medications, dress for waiting outdoors, and bring food, water, reading materials and games to help address wait times.

The corps will bring its own crew to Olean but also encourages health professionals in the region to join in the effort. For more information or to volunteer, visit ramusa.org or call 865-579-2555.

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