Cleveland, Ohio nonprofit organization is instrumental in providing free medical healthcare to thousands of uninsured and underinsured individuals
Ellen Halfon, Joe Verciglio, and Diana Adams, of Jones Day Cleveland, assisted with the creation of MobileMed 1, Inc. ("MM1") and its affiliated organization, MobileMed 1 Foundation ("MM1 Foundation"), and helped secure tax exempt status from the IRS for both organizations on an expedited basis.
MM1's primary purpose is to promote and provide free healthcare services and education (e.g., medical, dental and vision) to the uninsured and underinsured population of Ohio and surrounding areas, with a goal toward (i) assisting that population to remain healthy, able to work, and self-sufficient, and (ii) alleviating the burden on nonprofit hospitals and emergency rooms that provide healthcare to such populations. In furtherance of this mission, MM1 has created a program called "Remote Area Medical® (RAM) Ohio ("RAM Ohio"), which will coordinate and operate routine mobile community health clinics that provide free healthcare services, utilizing an all-volunteer corps of healthcare professionals and other community volunteers. RAM Ohio is modeled after RAM Tennessee, an organization that has mobilized free remote health care operations in rural America and in developing nations and was featured on CBS's 60 Minutes in March 2008. The first RAM Ohio event, scheduled for the weekend of May 2-3, 2009, will provide free health care, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Zac Ponsky, founder of MM1, has mobilized donations of crucial medical equipment, vehicles and medicine, a volunteer support force of physicians, dentists, opticians, medical technologists, and other community volunteers, as well as the support of all major healthcare institutions in the Greater Cleveland area. In addition to providing immediate healthcare to individuals at the event, healthcare professionals have also agreed to provide follow up care to patients in need.