Volunteers offer free Seattle health clinic this weekend

SEATTLE - As the weekend approaches, the Seattle Center is filled with stories of compassion and giving. Thousands of people will get free medical care because of dozens of volunteers.

The Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corp is partnering with a long list of organizations to provide a range of free services: dental care, wound care, vision screenings, acupuncture and more inside the KeyArena.

"I have the holidays coming up. I have a lot of other responsibilities," said Michael Mitchum, who came to the clinic for new glasses. "I've been putting a lot of things ahead of myself. So this right here has given me a vast break."

More than 800 people had come through the doors by early Thursday afternoon and volunteers expect to serve about 4,000 by the end of the clinic on Sunday.

Dr. Michael Karr, who's helping run the dental portion of the clinic, said many of the people who come in are in pain.

"With the Affordable Care Act, care has been slowly working towards getting care for medical," Dr. Karr said. "But such as it is, not much has come through for dental."

  • The free clinic runs Thursday through Sunday.
  • Tickets for service start going out at 3:30 a.m.
  • Doors open at 5:30 a.m.
  • Be there by 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon. That's when the last ticket goes out.
  • For more information about the Seattle/King County Clinic with Remote Area Medical, click here.


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