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This is the first of 10 free surgeries planned this summer by HHSC

WHAT: An uninsured 40-year-old Southern Nevada woman will receive the first of 10 planned free medically necessary surgeries this summer 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 is waiving his fee and HHSC will cover all other costs, including the medical facility fee.

This is the 16th free surgery provided 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. 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.

WHEN: Friday, June 15 at 2 p.m., patient arrives at 1 p.m.  

WHERE: Medical District Surgery Center, 2020 Goldring Ave. #300, Las Vegas, NV 89106


Portillo is a bilingual single mother of three children who works part-time as a cashier at a recycling center and suffers from gallbladder disease. She does not have insurance and does not make enough to purchase medical insurance. She has no other source of income, and she does not have any family here in the United States. Portillo is excited to feel better so she can go back to school to pursue a better lifestyle for her children. Right now, the pain from her gallbladder disease drains her of all her energy, so she is always tired and unable to care for her children the way she would like to care for them.

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.

Media Contact:
Melissa Warren
FFW PR – 702-528-6016

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