I have had the privilege of being associated with Operation Access since 1993. Beginning with one hospital in San Francisco, dedicated clinical volunteers and their supporting institutions have now been responsible for providing, without charge, more than 16,000 diagnostic and therapeutic procedures valued at over $150 million to low income, uninsured patients in nine Bay Area counties. Compassionate staff members work seamlessly with community clinics to ensure timely referrals, and all of our work is made possible by organizational and individual contributions.
This organization does a phenomenal job providing complex medical services to patients who lack access to health care. They are amazing!
Operation Access is a great example of the shared economy. They use Operating Rooms when they are not in use and get Surgeons to donate their time to provide free care for the uninsured. Now that healthcare is under attack OA is proving its value to care for people in need.
Operation Access seamlessly links talented physicians with members of their own community in need of specialty surgical care. The network of physicians, clinics, hospitals, surgery centers, labs, radiologists, pathologists and more that they bring together to serve the San Francisco Bay Area is truly amazing.
I have a unique perspective of Operation Access acting as both a surgeon volunteer and board member. Armed with the knowledge of its inner workings as an organization as well as its community work as the facilitator of always life-changing and sometimes life-saving surgical care, I can say with confidence that Operation Access is the true definition of the "unassailable" non-profit: That is, there is no good reason that someone would not want to support their uniquely noble and consistently successful mission.
I'm a board member of Operation Access and I'm constantly amazed at how passionate and dedicated the staff and volunteers are. It is a terrific organization that provides life altering and saving treatment for individuals with limited or no options.
This organization humbly makes an unbelievable impact in our communities. I've worked in healthcare for such a long time, and I've never seen patients who are more grateful and honored, both by the clinical outcomes as well as the experience that Operation Access has afforded them. There are many members of our community who, without access to care, are constrained in their ability to contribute both to their families and to our society. Having the ability for a relatively quick solution -- cornea repair, hernia repair, etc. -- is such a laudable use of resources and energy.
I have been aware of Operation Access for a long time. It is one of the few non-profits in which every one of the volunteers and participant-patients wins. The surgeons and nurses love it as it fulfills their desire to give back. The hospitals love it because it fulfills their commitment to community health. The Community Clinics love it because it provides what their clinic constraints do not allow. The patients love it because they receive care from themes compassionate caregivers. Everyone is smiling at the opportunity to be involved - very rare!!!
I am a former board member and have stayed involved because of the mission of OA. This is a unique organization that promotes US medical volunteerism and helps people who can not afford outpatient medical procedures and surgeries. The commitment of the staff and volunteer providers is unique and unmatched in caring for others.