Miraca to Support “Surgery on Sunday” in Louisville, Ky.

The Surgery on Sunday program provides essential outpatient procedures for free to those in need. Next month, Inform Diagnostics will provide free pathology services to the patients served by the Surgery on Sunday event on September 21, 2014 at Premier Surgery Center of Louisville, Ky., when approximately 20 patients will receive colonoscopies and 3 general surgeries will be performed. The surgery center is located at 2511 Terra Crossing Blvd. in Northeast Jefferson County.

Surgery on Sunday provides essential outpatient surgical services for free.

Surgery on Sunday provides essential outpatient surgical services for free.

Surgery on Sunday, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides essential outpatient surgical services for free for those in need who cannot afford insurance and who are not eligible for federal or state programs. Patients are referred from existing organizations in the community and receive much needed surgical procedures.

For income-eligible patients with no health insurance, all services and supplies—from the pre-operative visit with a volunteer surgeon, to the nursing staff caring for the patient, to the medications needed before and after surgery, to pathology performed on specimens to determine potential cancers, to physical therapy, to the post-operative appointment—are free.

Surgery on Sunday is completely volunteer-driven. All of the professionals who assist at the surgery center—surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, surgical scrub technicians, administration and others—donate their time and expertise for the procedures. Approximately 30 volunteers will be on hand to make Surgery on Sunday a success for patients.

“Too many people in our community do not have adequate medical coverage, which makes receiving basic outpatient medical procedures like a colonoscopy out of reach,” said Erica Sutton, M.D., University Surgical Associates and assistant professor of surgery at the University of Louisville, who spearheaded the effort to bring Surgery on Sunday to Louisville.

In addition to Sutton, Whitney Jones, M.D., a gastroenterologist with Midwest Gastroenterology Associates, and Russell Williams, M.D., a general surgeon with Associates in General Surgery, both of whom are physician partners at Premier Surgery Center, will be performing procedures for the Surgery on Sunday at Premier.

“By volunteering a few hours on a Sunday, we can help fill an important need for care in our community,” said Williams.

A colonoscopy is an important screening tool for the prevention of colorectal cancer. Kentucky has the second highest rate of colorectal cancer in the nation. Data from the Kentucky Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System reports that only 63 percent of Kentuckians at risk for colon cancer have been screened for the disease.

“I am passionate about the prevention of colorectal cancer and am so pleased to be part of Surgery on Sunday performing colonoscopy procedures,” said Jones, who founded the Colon Cancer Prevention Project. “If we can help more individuals in need receive a critical procedure at no cost, we are eliminating barriers to care and potentially saving lives.”

To learn more about Surgery on Sunday, visit www.surgeryonsunday.org.

Individuals may register to determine their eligibility for the program at www.surgeryonsunday.org. To volunteer in a medical or non-medical capacity, call 502.852.4041.

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