“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
John Bunyan, 17th century English author and preacher
Locally, nationally and internationally, ASCs and ASC professionals from across the country sponsor and participate in different kinds of programs to deliver free and reduced cost surgical care and other health services to patients in need.
“It is important to remember that when ASCs and ASC professionals give back to their communities, they are expending their own personal resources to cover the costs because they are not eligible for the many federal subsidies and tax incentives nonprofit hospitals and others receive to provide that care,” says ASCA Chief Executive Officer William Prentice. “The people and the ASCs that are involved in these programs are truly extraordinary. As small businesses that pay taxes, employ local residents and participate in a diverse mix of community-based events and local business development activities, ASCs are exactly the kind of neighbor you want to encourage to move into your community.”
Below are a few examples of the many ways that ASCs give back to their community and to people abroad.
In an effort to help serve U.S. military veterans, the Oregon Outpatient Surgery Center (OOSC) has launched a program for veterans in need of surgery. Under this new program, called Save Our Veterans, the OOSC will donate one day a quarter to local veterans who have pressing medical problems and meet basic qualifications for outpatient surgical care.
Michael Cosgrove, CRNA, administrator at Eye Surgery Center of Michigan, travels to Migori, Kenya, with Kenya Relief every year to provide eye surgery to local villagers.
Oregon Outpatient Surgery Center will kick off its “Save Our Veterans” program on Monday, July 7, where the center will offer free surgical services to veterans suffering musculoskeletal injuries.
Once a month, the Lexington Surgery Center partners with Surgery on Sunday, an organization that provides free surgery to income-eligible individuals and families who do not have health insurance.
The Garden City SurgiCenter participated in A Promise to Peru, which provides an annual cataract surgical and general medical mission to the remote villages of the Sacred Valley of Peru.
The Missoula Bone & Joint (MB&J) Surgery Center sent a team to Honduras where they did 21 surgeries in four days.
The Peak One Surgery Center hosts an annual charity day— Summit Community Surgery Day— of cases across a mix of different specialties, orthopedic cases, gynecology procedures and spine pain injections.
The Eye Associates of Boca Raton provides free consults and eye surgeries every year on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving as part of its Gift of Sight program.
The Advanced Vision Institute dedicated two surgery days of the year to providing free eye surgery to residents of the local community.
The Tri-Cities Surgery Center provides quality care for low-income residents who do not have Medicare, Medicaid/Public Aid or who are underinsured.
The Parham Surgery Center provides charity care by applying for permission to the Certificate of Public Need Program (COPN) Board.
At ASCA, we know that these few stories about the many ways that ASCs give back are just the tip of the iceberg. Please take a moment to write us about the voluntary services that your ASC provides. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.