Every so often I come across a story the renews my faith in human nature. It brings me peace-of-mind to know that there are still medical professionals out there willing to help someone without trying to make a buck. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer featured Dr. Andy Moore and the medical professionals at “Surgery on Sunday” as their person(s) of the week.
“Surgery on Sunday” is in Lexington, KY where the team of medical professionals offers their surgical services once a month for those who need surgery but are uninsured. The staff providing the services couldn’t be more humble about this magnanimous service they provide to the Lexington community. One doctor interviewed said that the “thank you” he receives from a patient he performed surgery on is uplifting and fills his soul to the brim.
The medical professionals at “Surgery on Sunday” feel honored to provide this service to the community. It’s actions like this that prove that a community based approach to healthcare is not only possible, but works well. It provides a safety-net for those who are not eligible for state or federal programs like Medicare of Medicaid, thus relieving the stress to those individual in need of surgery.
A program like “Surgery on Sunday” is replicable. It isn’t rocket science; it takes medical professionals volunteering once a month and a surgical location to make it possible. We all have to remember that there are many ways of being paid, and one is gratitude. A program like this not only helps those who need surgery, but extends hope to potentially millions across the country who may someday benefit from the model created by these heart-driven medical professionals.
I hope that you will send all those affiliated with “Surgery on Sunday” your best wishes and congratulations on their triumphant success. I hope you’ll refer your medical professionals (if you have one) to the website, www.surgeryonsunday.org to show your medical team what can be accomplished to serve your own community. Last but not least, please hold hope in your heart for what’s possible when inventive, caring people put their body, minds, and spirit to work to create something that fills a huge gap in our current healthcare system.