WHAT: A 58-year-old uninsured maintenance worker from Las Vegas, Tony Archuletta, will receive a medically necessary surgery, a double hernia repair, at no cost from Helping Hands Surgical Care (HHSC), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizationfounded by Dr. Kevin Petersen. For this surgery, Dr. Petersen will waive his fee and HHSC will cover other surgery related costs including fees for the surgical center, anesthesiology, lab, diagnostic services, etc.
Archuletta, who was laid off from his job due to his very painful hernia in 2006, attempted to start his own business but was unable to work due to chronic pain from his hernia condition. He once considered purchasing private medical insurance but was unable to do so because of the cost. Married with five grown children and 20 grandchildren, Archuletta is only able to stand for 10 to 15 minutes at a time due to his present condition. He looks forward to regaining his health so that he can once again work and play with his grandchildren.
This is the 13th free surgery performed by HHSC since its launch in November 2011. Ten medically necessary surgeries were performed at no cost to patients on HHSC’s inaugural Charity Surgery Day on November 15, 2011. Two additional surgeries were performed on February 20.
HHSC currently has more than 125 applications from uninsured Nevadans who do not qualify for government assistance and do not have the means to pay for surgery. A medical advisory board screens the applications to select patients to receive no cost surgeries. HHSC’s mission is to fund and facilitate surgeries for uninsured and underinsured Nevadans to restore their health, help them return to work and regain hope.
WHEN: March 16 at 10 a.m. (patient arrives at 9 a.m.)
WHERE: Medical District Surgery Center
2020 Goldring Ave. #300
Las Vegas, NV 89106
About Helping Hands Surgical Care
Helping Hands Surgical Care is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to fund and facilitate surgeries for uninsured and underinsured individuals without the means to pay for medically necessary, quality of life surgeries. Founded by Dr. Kevin Petersen of Las Vegas, Nevada based No Insurance Surgery, Helping Hands Surgical Care values the health and well-being of each individual regardless of their ability to pay. The organization is guided by its focus on the physician-patient relationship and its dedication to transforming and improving the lives of those it serves. For more information, visit www.HelpingHandsSurgicalCare.com or call 702-242-5393.
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