Super surgery day

February 29, 2008 4:22:11 PM PST
Far too many people face the challenge of having little or no healthcare insurance. But two non-profit organizations in our community are doing something about it. Kaiser Permanente and Operation Access are celebrating 15 years of helping those in need through Super Surgery Day. Janelle Marie was there last Saturday when more than 100 volunteers came out to donate their time and medical skills.

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco's Super Surgery Days are the largest charity ambulatory surgery sessions in the nation.

More than 30 patients without health insurance received donated outpatient surgeries Saturday, February 23rd as part of a 15-year partnership between Operation Access and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco. Through this partnership, members of the Kaiser Permanente medical staff volunteer their time and skills to improve the health and quality of life for people in the Bay Area who are uninsured and unable to qualify for job-based or publicly-sponsored coverage. Operation Access helps patients get needed surgeries and specialty care at no cost to them through an extensive volunteer network.

The day of donated surgeries, now held at several Kaiser Permanente hospitals, is known as Super Surgery Day. Kaiser Permanente San Francisco held the first Super Surgery Day in 2005. This is the fourth year that Kaiser Permanente San Francisco has held a Super Surgery Day. Donated surgeries for the uninsured also are performed at other times throughout the year at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco and eight other Kaiser Permanente hospitals.

LINKS:

Kaiser Pemanente
https://www.kaiserpermanente.org

Operation Access
www.operationaccess.org


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