Non-profit is performing 10 free surgeries this summer to qualifying patients
WHAT: An uninsured 53-year-old woman will receive free medically necessary surgery from Helping Hands Surgical Care (HHSC), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizationfounded by Dr. Kevin Petersen. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Petersen at Medical District Surgery Center. Dr. Petersen waives his fee, and HHSC covers all other costs associated with surgery, including the medical facility fee.
This is the 20th free surgery performed by HHSC since its inaugural Charity Surgery Day on November 10, 2011, when 10 medically necessary surgeries were provided at no cost to qualifying patients. A total of 10 free surgeries are planned throughout the summer.
HHSC currently has more than 200 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. HHSC is providing surgeries as funds are available to cover the costs of ancillary services, including anesthesiology, medicine, nurses and operating room staff, lab and diagnostic services, etc.
Patient: Janet Gallegos, 53, receives surgery on July 9 at 1 p.m. and arrives at noon. Gallegos’s gallbladder condition prevents her from keeping a full time job because of the chronic pain. Due to her condition, she has been able to eat a normal diet and is starting to have other complications. She is looking forward to resuming full-time work and to enjoy life again.
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.
Melissa Warren; Eryn Sebelius
Faiss Foley Warren Public Relations