Super Surgery Session at Kaiser in San Francisco – 26 Patients received volunteer care
Posted Mar 10 2009 3:52pm
The medical services provided were at a dollar amount of around $260,000 for 26 patients. The number of individuals needing help though of course is growing as the economy continues to dwindle. Nice effort from Kaiser in San Francisco and I wonder if other facilities do the same? BD
The high-volume surgery was orchestrated by Operation Access, a nonprofit organization launched 16 years ago to mobilize Bay Area hospitals, community clinics and medical volunteers to donate help to low-income people who need surgery but lack health insurance. Since then, more than 4,300 uninsured patients have undergone medical procedures because of the program.
The Saturday event marked the fifth anniversary of a surgical marathon at Kaiser; but this year, more than others, it reflected the burgeoning economic plight confronting many. Dubbed "Super Surgery Session," the medical services were donated by about 84 Kaiser doctors, nurses and hospital technicians.
"We're seeing greater demand for services," said John Gressman, president and chief executive of the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium, a group of 10 clinics where the vast majority of patients are uninsured. "People are losing their jobs, losing their insurance; businesses are closing."