Current Weather Conditions

Seven Day Forecast for Emporia, Virginia

Community Calendar Sponsored By...


RAM Clinic

RAM Clinic Statistics, etc

 Our volunteers assisted patients with at least 2,705 medical services:
  • 705 patients  
  • 1365 dental services
  • 616 medical services
  • 724 vision services
  • An estimated $275,000 in volunteer value
  • An estimated $250,000 savings in patient services
  • Made 2 immediate referrals for 1 critical patient and 1 "alert" result
  • Diagnosed 15 patients with glaucoma, 3 at a critical stage

The Meherrin Ruritan club fed about 765 volunteers over 3 days; serving over 2100 meals to at least 368 persons at one time.

RAM of VA Staff & Core Volunteers

Al Reavis, Food Coordinator

Andrea Mora, Communications

Bill Herrington, Ambassador

Claressa Strawn, Core Lead

Deborah Burkett, Core Lead

Elise Brown, Core Lead

Elizabeth Cunningham, Communications

Evan Scisson, Pharmacy & Core Lead

Glenda Creath, Core Lead

James Givens, Ambassador

Jean Blackburn, Core Lead

John Holtcamp, Ambassador

Karen Faison, Medical Director (dental)

Linda Burnette, Medical Director (medical)

Lue Ward, Ambassador

Mckinley Jordan, Ambassador


Marc Vaneck, Vision Lead

Michelle Thomas, Narcan Lead

Michelle WhiteHurst-Cook, Medical  & Core Lead

Noreago Drumgoole, Core Lead

Polly Cole, Medical & Core Lead

Purlie Banks, Ambassador

Richard Gilbert, Core Lead

Ricky Frances, Core Lead

Sara Cariano, Communications

Shelby Cornick, Ambassador

Takisha Carr, Core Lead

Trina Evans, Communication

Tommy Council, Ambassador

Wendy Wright, Core Lead


OUR Southside RAM was not about “FREE” but about “ACCESS” and having access at no out-of-pocket cost!  Finances aren’t always available to take care of our teeth, buy glasses, or get those necessary medical x-rays due to life circumstances, fixed incomes, deductibles, etc.  So, thank you Obici Foundation and Greensville Memorial Foundation and the attached list of community donors for allowing us have a RAM of Virginia experience!  A RAM of VA experience is an experience that doesn’t care about your income, if you’re insured, your age or more. A RAM of Virginia experience says, "come, if you need help, come...." - meet your local doctors and obtain knowledge to prevent and protect for the future.

Over 700 Served at First Southside RAM Clinic

Bright and early Saturday morning hundreds of people descended on Greensville County High School for free medical, dental and visions services provided by area volunteers and Remote Access Medical of Virginia.

The parking lot opened at midnight and number distribution was planned to begin at 3 am.

Light rain at 4 am cleared and the bright sunshine was tempered by a pleasant breeze and comfortable temperatures.

The large parking lot by the gymnasium was full before 5 am and the overflow parking by the ROTC building was full not long after.  There were two other satellite parking areas at Main and Laurel Streets as well.

Patients were given numbers and a general idea of when to head towards the front door. While waiting, announcements were made about the types of services available. Those in need of care were given the option of dental or vision care, in addition to medical care. Due to time constraints and other concerns, patients were given the option of only one service-Dental or Vision. Having a tooth extracted changes a patient’s blood pressure (as would any other surgical procedure) and makes some eye exams impossible on the same day. Patients of all ages were seen, and income or residency was not an issue for this clinic. Any patient who showed up was given a number and provided with health care.

The large crowd that formed on the front lawn of the high school after receiving their numbers were given snacks and bottled water while they waited, and some patients also reported being served breakfast. The volunteer with the bullhorn, a teacher from Washington, DC, kept patients entertained and informed as they waited. Golf carts were provided for those who needed assistance getting from the back parking lot to the front door. While there were complaints of people not being able to hear, groups were called in close in ranges of 50, so the person struggling to be heard over the crowd had the people who needed to hear within range. After 7:30 the RAM volunteers started using a bullhorn, but were still respectful of the neighbors early on a Saturday morning. Numbers were called and registration proceeded as quickly as possible, given the limited space and number of people.

Once registered at one of more than a dozen stations in the lobby, patients were directed to the cafeteria for triage.

As a triage station was available cards were held up letting runners know where to take the next patient. Each of the tables set up in the cafeteria held two triage stations, ensuring that all of the volunteers were able to get patients to the care providers as quickly as possible. During triage all patients had their vitals (blood pressure, pulse, respiration rate, and blood sugar) taken and were asked the typical questions patients are asked at the Doctor’s office about health concerns, medications and the like. Well over 60 Registered Nurses made Triage quick and painless (some would disagree with the painless assessment, though, as blood sugar cannot be tested without pricking a finger to draw blood, to which a surprising number of people are squeamish).

After triage, medical patients stayed in the high school, where a number of services were offered in different rooms. One class room was set up as an EKG station. A wide range of services were offered for those in need of medical care. Several specialties were present, including Cardiology, Podiatry, Mental Health and Urology.

In addition to Primary Care, X-rays, laboratory services and other diagnostic testing was available. People waiting for Mammograms found that they needed to wait until Sunday as the person driving the truck had health issues of his own and was unable to get here in time. While there is no current status on his condition, prayers were offered for a speedy recovery.

The Lions Club mobile vision clinic was on site, along with 31 eye-care professionals. One Ophthalmologist, six Optometrists, six Opticians, ten Vision Techs and eight Vision Students screened patients for a wide range of problems, including glaucoma, and were able to make most prescriptions on site.

What appeared to be the most popular service was Dental Care. A team of 45, that included Dentists, Patient Ready Students with Faculty, Hygienists and Dental Assistants offered Cleanings, Fillings and Extractions. The gymnasium was outfitted with 20 stations.

Photo from

After additional triage, patients were divided into three groups, based on the service that was needed. Patients were given the option of one service before being sent to one of three sections in the bleachers. Those expecting to receive multiple dental services could return on Sunday, if able, for additional care. Some patients were further disappointed when one of the Dentists would only fill one cavity, as opposed to all of the patient's cavaties.

The only appearance of an issue was keeping people in order. Upon arrival, patients in the gymnasium were just told to line up, as opposed to being given numbers, and after triage were given numbers, but only the fillings group kept a number system. One lead volunteer grew mildly frustrated while trying to keep the cleaning group in order and, at one point, told them that she didn’t “care what number they were given” by the previous volunteeer.  The cleaning group was the most vocal about line-cutters, and loudly pointed out when one woman, who was not present for most of the day, showed up in the gym and had her teeth cleaned after waiting less than an hour whole others  waiting for a cleaning had been waiting for several hours. Many who had arrived early and gotten a place in line, attended workshops, took their children to day care or ran errands or got a meal before returning to continue waiting.

The Dental clinic used few disposable tools, and two autoclaves (the size of large laser printers) worked overtime to keep the tools that were used sterilized. At one point early in the day, everything stopped as they ran out of tools and had to wait for more to be sterilized; after the volunteers working to keep the tools sterile got ahead of the demand that was not an issue for the rest of the day as the autoclaves sterilized tray after tray of dental tools.

As with any trip to the Dentist, patients were offered education on oral care and left with a toothbrush, floss, a package of DenTek Easy Brushes and a sample of Listerine.

In addition to the care provided, there were several classes and workshops offered throughout the day on Saturday. Many people took advantage of these workshops while they waited. Eventually a few of the workshops relocated to the gym lobby, the most notable being the hands-on CPR course in front of the trophy case.

The Virginia Department of Health was onsite for the event.  Among the workshops offered by the VDH were multiple nutrition classes, including Diabetic and Kidney Nutrition. In these workshops FitBit style pedometers, coolers, and several booklets with recipes and information were distributed.

The Bureau of Insurance was present with an attorney to answer any questions about health care and insurance.

In addition to the workshops information tables were set up in the hallways (including one offering Red Velvet Cake), and a Prayer Station was provided between the main building and the gymnasium.

Volunteers worked to arrange the clinic, recruit providers and work with Remote Access Medical to clear all the logistic hurdles. Volunteers worked with Greensville County Public Schools to secure the space. Volunteers also did all the promotion for the clinic and arranged transportation from other communities served.

Volunteers kept the whole event running as smoothly as possible. Everything from registration to the actual care was provided by volunteers of all ages. There were volunteers directing traffic before the sun rose, volunteers distributed water and snacks while people waited to register and while they waited for care. Volunteers directed patients to the right room or building for the service that was needed. The Medical, Dental and Vision Professionals were all volunteers, as were all of the people supporting them by sterilizing tools, cleaning and repairing equipment and running samples to the lab.

The volunteers came from all over the region. Virginia Commonwealth University had a large contingent of volunteers from the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. The Eastern Virginia School of Medicine in Norfolk was also well represented (an accident in one of the tunnels left some volunteers from Norfolk waiting for over an hour in the tunnel, but the dedicated volunteers made it to Emporia safely).

The Meherrin Ruritan Club prepared and served the food for the volunteers in the Band Room.  

Most notable among the corps of volunteers were a group of faculty and 4 students from the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania, who drove 300 miles to be here.

In addition to the many volunteers, everything was donated. There were monetary donations from several groups that paid for what was not already available. Dr. Tillar donated equipment and frames for the Vision Clinic. All of the major equipment from the dental chairs to the x-ray machines was provided by Remote Access Medical, the organization behind this clinic and many others nationwide.

Upcoming clinics in Virginia include:

  • Wise – July 21-23
  • Grundy  - October 7 & 8
  • Warsaw – November 4 & 5

There is also an urban clinic planned for Washington, DC on August 26.

Even after nearly a year of planning this event was not without hiccups, but it proved to be an overwhelming success and provided much needed services to nearly one thousand people in an area from Amelia County to Portsmouth, with the lion’s share coming from the immediate area.

Remote Access Medical was founded in 1985 by Stan Brock. The organization provides medical, care through mobile clinics in underserved, isolated, or impoverished communities. Most clinics provide general medical, dental, vision, preventive care, and education. RAM also provides services internationally, disaster relief and mobile veterinarian services.

For more information on RAM, visit their website at

RAMVirginia is an affiliate of RAM that now oversees the RAM Clinics in Wise, Smith County, Warsaw and now Emporia. RAMVirginia is led by William and Mary graduate Dr. Victoria Molnar Weiss, OD, who has been involved in over 45 clinics in Virginia – including helping to found the landmark clinic in Wise, Virginia - and elsewhere, including New Orleans, LA after Hurricane Katrina.

You may visit the RAMVirginia Facebook Page, or donate to future clinics in Virginia by visiting, clicking on the"support RAM of Virginia" box and selecting RAM of Virginia in the donation details box. You may also donate to the overall program support for RAM USA of any of the other options in the list.

Southside RAM this Weekend!

Today is Tuesday and our health weekend is only a few days away, Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25. W're ready, but we still need patients! Remember, each one sent two!

If you haven't referred someone, why not?!  There will be something for everyone.

  • Anyone can come....yes, anyone. No age requirement, no ID needed, no money needed, no application to fill out and no insurance required. 
  • It's perfect for Seniors who have Medicaid and wear glasses or can't afford their Medicare co-pays. It's my understanding that Medicaid doesn't pay for glasses only prescriptions.
  • It's great for children of ALL ages because of the awesome eyeglasses donated by a retired eye doctor, Dr. Tillar's from Emporia, and other direct services.
  • Same day pick up for glasses!  Glasses will be made on the spot for most. Those with the highest prescriptions will be able to pick them up on August 2nd at the local library from 1 -7p.
  • It's perfect for free sports physicals!
  • Need your teeth cleaned, pulled or a cavity filled? Now is the time -it's free!
  • Diabetes and ccholesterol testing with results available on the spot.
  • We will have a chapel for prayer: impacting mind, body and soul
  • Medical Team (33): 15 Physicians, 7 Nurse Practitioners and 11 Medical Students/Assistants
  • Vision Team (31): 1 Opthalmologist, 6 Optometrist, 6 Opticians, 10 Vision Techs and 8 Vision Students
  • Dental Team (45): 12 license dentists, 10 Patient Ready Students with Faculty as overseers, 3 Dental Hygienist, and 21 Dental Assist
  • Triage will go fast because we have 68 Registered Nurses
  • Educational Workshops: Opiod Overdose, Mental Health First Aid, Health Care Basic and Questions (partnered with Bureau of Insurance and an attorney), Nutritional Classes based on blood level, Biblical Nutrition, Kidney, CPR Training, Azheima, Diabetes, GAP, and MORE


Greensville County High School


Saturday, June 24th (full day) & Sunday, June 25th (half a day)

Emporia Clinic to Offer Free Medical, Dental, and Vision Care

Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps of Virginia (RAM Virginia) will hold a free medical clinic at Greensville High School, 403 Harding St., Emporia, on June 24 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 25 from 6 a.m. to noon. All RAM Virginia health services are free to the patients.

Free transportation to and from the clinic will be provided:

Services include: dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglass production, women's health exams, medical exams, health resources. All services are delivered on a first-come, first-served basis. Patients will receive an entry number based on when they arrive. Entry numbers will be assigned, starting at 6 a.m. Patients are welcome to arrive early and line up, but they will be outdoors, and no one from RAM is scheduled to arrive before 6 a.m.

All providers are certified medical professionals, including but not limited to: dentists, dental hygienists, ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, nurse practitioners, physicians, and physician assistants. Medical professionals are encouraged to register for the event at

Patients should bring any prescribed medications they currently take for consultation with our health care providers.  Please continue to take any current medications as prescribed while attending this event.  For any questions about the event, please contact Elise M. Brown, volunteer with RAM Virginia, at (301) 641-0083,

About Remote Area Medical: Remote Area Medical, volunteer medical relief corps that provides free health care, dental care, eye care, veterinary services, and technical and educational assistance to people in remote areas of the United States and around al (RAM) is a non-profit the world. RAM was founded in 1985 by Stan Brock, who worked as an assistant to Marlin Perkins on Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. The group's work was originally confined to Third World countries, but later shifted towards the US. In 2016, RAM Volunteers delivered free health care to 30,963 people in the US (over 5,000 of whom received care in Virginia). 

Remote Area Medical of Virginia: Remote Area Medical (RAM) of Virginia is a non-profit healthcare organization bringing all-volunteer free short term clinics in Virginia to those needing dental, vision and medical care.  Since its founding on the steps of the state’s Capitol Building in 2014, RAM Virginia has established new clinics in Lee County, Smyth County, and Warsaw, Virginia, and overseen the established clinics at Wise, Virginia (17 yrs), Grundy, Virginia (15 yrs), and Buena Vista, Virginia.  Headed by its President, Dr. Victoria Molnar Weiss, Optometrist, the affiliate works to expand quality medical, dental, and vision clinics throughout Virginia. This is done in an effort to alleviate the growing need for affordable healthcare for thousands of underserved Virginians. To find out more about RAM of Virginia, visit or find us on Facebook at Remote Area Medical of Virginia. 

Subscribe to RSS - RAM Clinic

Emporia News

Stories on are be searchable, using the box above. All new stories will be tagged with the date (format YYYY-M-D or 2013-1-1) and the names of persons, places, institutions, etc. mentioned in the article. This database feature will make it easier for those people wishing to find and re-read an article.  For anyone wishing to view previous day's pages, you may click on the "Previous Day's Pages" link in the menu at the top of the page, or search by date (YYYY-M-D format) using the box above.

Comment Policy:  When an article or poll is open for comments feel free to leave one.  Please remember to be respectful when you comment (no foul or hateful language, no racial slurs, etc) and keep our comments safe for work and children. .Comments are moderated and comments that contain explicit or hateful words will be deleted.  IP addresses are tracked for comments. serves Emporia and Greensville County, Virginia and the surrounding area
and is provided as a community service by the Advertisers and Sponsors.
All material on is copyright 2005-2016 is powered by Drupal and based on the ThemeBrain Sirate Theme.

Submit Your Story!

Emporia News welcomes your submissions!  You may submit articles, announcements, school or sports information using the submission forms found here, or via e-mail on  Currently, photos and advertisements will still be accepted only via e-mail, but if you have photos to go along with your submission, you will receive instructions via e-mail. If you have events to be listed on the Community Calendar, submit them here.

Contact us at is hosted as a community Service by Telpage.  Visit their website at or call (434)634-5100 (NOTICE: Telpage cannot help you with questions about Emporia New nor does Teplage have any input the content of Emporia News.  Please use the e-mail address above if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the content on Emporia News.)