LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) --
Several hundred Las Vegas residents are receiving free medical care this weekend from a two-day clinic at Bonanza High School.
People lined up early Saturday morning for treatments from regular medical checkups to vision and dental care. The clinic resumes at 6 a.m. on Sunday and patients are being seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
The facilitating organization is Remote Area Medical, headed by Stan Brock. He is the same person who starred on the television show Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom for many years, often drawing more than 30 million viewers each week.
Brock said Remote Area Medical's mission is to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free quality healthcare to those who cannot afford medical attention.
Other organizations involved include Health Communities Coalition, the Care Coalition, the Southern Nevada Health District, and various nursing schools and healthcare providers.
"People don't have health care and the people we saw today are working people. Many of them have been adults who have spent all their money on making sure their children get care and today is the day that they get the care," said Christine McGill, executive director of the Health Communities Coalition. "To me, that has been really exciting about this. It's the gap, the adults, that get the dental care and the vision care today."
This weekend's clinic is the first of the year for RAM. It will be offering medical care in Reno from April 11 through 13.
Residents in more than a dozen communities will receive free medical care from now until the final clinic scheduled for Nov. 29 through Dec. 3 in New York City. Some of the other cities include Seattle, St. Louis and Oklahoma City.