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Non-profit is performing 10 free surgeries this summer to qualifying patients

What: An uninsured 27-year-old Southern Nevada man who is still living with his parents because he is unable to work full-time due to chronic pain from a hernia condition, and an uninsured 54-year-old maintenance worker, will receive free medically necessary surgeries this coming week 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.

These are the 17th and 18th free surgeries 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 150 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 there are funds available to cover the costs of ancillary services, including anesthesiology, medicine, nurses and operating room staff, lab and diagnostic services, etc.

  • Patient #1: Jose Torres-Arreola, 27, will receive surgery on June 22 at 2 p.m.; he arrives for surgery at 1 p.m.  He is only able to work one or two days a week due to chronic pain and currently lives with his parents. He is eager to get his hernia repaired to he can start his life.
  • Patient #2: Agustin Cervantes, 54, will receive surgery on June 25 at 1:30 p.m. and arrives at 12:30 p.m.  Cervantes has been unable to work a full-time job for many years because of his condition.

Where: Medical District Surgery Center, 2020 Goldring Ave. #30, 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.comor call 702-242-5393.

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