Amazing Story of RAM Founder in a New Film!: Recently, the documentary “Medicine Man: The Stan Brock Story” was shown in more than 700 theaters across the country by Fathom Events.
This well-praised film, featured at the 2021 Cleveland International Film Festival, tells the story of Stan Brock, the creative force behind Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinics, which provide free healthcare.
Amazing Story of RAM Founder in a New Film
Originally from Britain, Brock, known for his role in the late 1960s on “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom,” started RAM—a non-profit that sets up free pop-up clinics for dental, vision, and medical care in underserved areas of the United States.
Over the years, RAM clinics have helped many Ohio residents, with a recent clinic in Ashtabula providing free vision, dental, and medical care to almost 1,000 people.
J.P. Ducro IV, Ashtabula County Commissioner, admires Brock’s vision, saying, “What a visionary! His efforts have impacted the lives of so many for the better. We are grateful to partner with RAM for the benefit of Ashtabula County.”
The story of RAM goes back to the 1950s when Brock, working as a cowboy in the world’s largest cattle ranch, found himself stranded in the remote Amazonian savanna after a life-threatening injury. 26 days away from the nearest doctor, he promised to provide basic medical aid to the most unreachable places if he survived.
Brock’s life took a turn in the mid-1960s when American TV producers discovered him, leading to his role alongside Marlin Perkins in “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.” Despite becoming a TV icon with 32 million weekly viewers, Brock left fame and wealth to fulfill his promise to the Wapishana people.
In 1985, Brock founded RAM to airlift medical aid to remote communities globally, conducting successful volunteer-led missions across Latin America. However, by 1992, he recognized urgent healthcare needs in rural communities near RAM’s headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee, leading to the organization’s first U.S. mission.
Today, Remote Area Medical is the last resort for millions of Americans without access to healthcare, having organized over 1,250 free pop-up clinics, helping 910,000 individuals with services valued at over 9.5 million.
The documentary “Medicine Man,” directed by Paul Michael Angell, tells Brock’s extraordinary life, offering a unique perspective on the U.S. healthcare crisis. Ashtabula County Commissioner Casey Kozlowski recognized RAM’s significant help to the community.
The film, celebrated at various film festivals, emphasizes the stakes in healthcare access. Angell hopes, “Our only hope is that this film will show people what is really at stake when talking about healthcare access.”
Jeff Eastman, CEO of Remote Area Medical, believes the film captures Brock’s mission: to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free, quality healthcare to those in need.