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Starting Monday until Wednesday, July 27 you can get free non-emergency medical treatment, dental, and vision care at three local high schools

Some U.S Service members spent the day unloading equipment into Paducah Tilghman, Graves county, and Carlisle County high school.

These Bluegrass Medical IRT Health Clinics are accepting patients starting at 8:00 am every day except Sunday, July 24 when it will open at Noon. They will stop accepting patients at 4 p.m.

Major Tiffany Hubbard is overseeing the Bluegrass Medical Innovative Readiness Training clinic in Paducah.

“One of the health concerns in the area is access, limited access to healthcare, so we're providing a free clinic medical, dental, and eye care", Hubbard said.

She says they're open to anyone needing care.

“Community members that come and access this, I am hoping they will be very gracious and thankful and open to the help we will be providing to them,” Hubbard said

When you first check in the only thing you could need to bring are a list of medications  or any medical forms you might need before you're sent to get your vitals checked while you wait to be called for the services you came for. You don’t even need an i.d.

U.S. service members will give non-emergency medical treatments or screenings, and physicals. Dental options range from cleanings, fillings, to tooth pulling. They're also offering eye exams and free single vision prescription glasses.

Hubbard says they are trying to make the process simple.

“Anyone apprehensive to accessing care here they don't need to be,” Hubbard said.

When you're done any records are destroyed while you can walk out hopefully with a boost to your health.

Below is the official press release on the program:

U.S. Military and Delta Regional Authority to host month-long health clinic for western Kentucky residents

PADUCAH, Ky. – The U.S. Department of Defense and Delta Regional Authority will host a 10-day health and wellness clinic for residents of western Kentucky, southern Illinois, and southeast Missouri, both groups announced today.

Through the DOD’s Innovative Readiness Training program, Bluegrass Medical, the second of three medical missions in the Delta region this summer, will bring healthcare providers with the U.S. Military to Bardwell, Mayfield, and Paducah, Kentucky, to provide basic medical, dental, and optical screenings at no cost to the community and patients from Monday, July 18 to Wednesday, July 27.

 “This medical mission, Bluegrass Medical, achieves two extremely important goals of helping Delta residents receive quality health care services and education as well as providing meaningful field training for our men and women in uniform, who already provide so much for our country and communities,” said Chris Masingill, federal co-chairman of the DRA. “This unique and impactful partnership has reached more than 71,500 Delta residents over seven years, including 6,500 Deltans this summer already, and we expect to see thousands more served this month.”

The clinics will be open to the general public every day of the mission at Carlisle County High School in Bardwell, Graves County High School in Mayfield, and Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah. No appointments are necessary, but residents are encouraged to arrive early to ensure an opening for services.  The clinic will open its doors at 8:00 am every day except Sunday, July 24, when it will open at Noon, and will accept patients until 4:30 pm each day with a shortened last day on Wednesday, July 27.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Amy Mundell, the project’s officer in charge, said Bluegrass Medical will provide tremendous benefits to both military members and the citizens for whom they provide care. “This program allows our medical troops to conduct critical training and logistical movements that simulate a military medical response in the time of crisis, conflict or disaster,” explained Mundell, a medical administrative officer in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Medical Group.

“At the same time, our service members will provide direct and lasting benefits to the residents of Western Kentucky by delivering expert medical and dental services to residents in need of quality care. We’re extremely pleased to be participating in this outstanding program.”

Services provided will include non-emergency medical treatments and screenings, sports physicals, dental cleanings, fillings, and tooth extractions, eye exams and single-vision prescription glasses. In addition to receiving medical services, residents will be able to obtain information at clinic sites about local healthcare services, public health programs, resources and general resources.

Bluegrass Medical is the second of three medical missions the DRA and military reserves are hosting this summer in the Delta region: Greyhound Medical held a month-long clinic in West Memphis, Arkansas, in June that served more than 6,500 people, and Tricentennial Wellness will hold a 10-day clinic in Natchez, Mississippi, in early August. More information about the Bluegrass Medical IRT mission is available on the event’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BluegrassMedical.

About the Delta Regional Authority

The DRA is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. The Innovative Readiness Training program has held missions over eight years reaching more than 35 communities with medical, dental, and optical care for some of the region’s most underserved populations. To learn more about the Innovative Readiness Training program or the DRA, visit dra.gov/irt and irt.defense.gov.

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