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‘I felt like I had a million dollars for them to treat me that way. They were all volunteers, and the care was amazing.’ Surgery Day on Sept. 24 at Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center. Patients underwent various procedures and received pre- and post-operative care and were given needed medications. To Scouler, a Sun City resident who underwent a gynecological procedure, it was like winning the lottery. “I appreciated so much what everybody did,” she said. “For people to do that, it was just awesome.” Angelica Flores of Hemet underwent hernia surgery. She had been in pain but was holding off until she could apply for MediCal or another state insurance program. “I felt like I had a million dollars for them to treat me that way. They were all volunteers, and the care was amazing,” Flores said. Tom Calhoun, 61, a self-employed artist and handyman from Indio, had a cataract removed.

Dr. Timothy Lowe speaks with Angelica Flores prior to her surgery.

“It was absolutely an amazing event. To be treated by Dr. (Siobhan) Gogan, I felt like I was in the hands of God. I can’t tell you how blessed I am,” said Calhoun, who had not been able to get a driver’s license for three years because of poor vision — until the cataract was removed. “What a major success it turned out to be.” The 11 physicians and dozens of other volunteers who made the second annual Community Surgery Day possible would agree. Another is being planned for next year.

Judy Parrott is prepped for cataract surgery by Yvette David, RN.

‘This year the patients were different — they were people like you or me who just fell on hard times.’ “It’s very rewarding to our nurses and doctors, and it makes a difference in people’s lives,” said Karen Roberts, a Kaiser spokeswoman. Gogan, an ophthalmologist at Kaiser, performed cataract surgeries on five patients. “This year the patients were different — they were people like you or me who just fell on hard times,” she said, adding that most were relatively young and the cataracts were impeding their ability to work. “These are harder cases because these patients let their eyes go longer so they’re more severe,” she said. Kaiser’s staff worked with counterparts at Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley and SAC Health Systems in San Bernardino to identify uninsured patients who needed procedures. Community Surgery Day is a Kaiser community benefit program that began in partnership with Access OC (Orange County) in 2007, to strengthen

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