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Summit Community Care Clinic and its association with Peak One Surgery Center’s Community Surgery Day is part of why I have been a volunteer and now part time staff with SCCC. As a registered nurse, I have assisted with several projects, most recently helping to coordinate the Community Surgery Day. With invaluable guidance and input from Dr. Chris Hoppe our Medical Director and Sarah Vaine our Executive Director/CEO, I quickly realized that it takes a village to bring together physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, office staff, physical therapists, and vendors to match them with the specific health needs of people who are just like the rest of us except that they don’t have health insurance.
I have had the privilege of meeting all but one of the patients who are having surgery. Their stories are heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. In each case, they are hardworking individuals who have injuries or ailments with no other means of correcting the problem. During the application process, several of them told me it would be like “winning the lottery” to be selected for Community Surgery Day. Each person has expressed profound gratitude for being selected for CSD.
Community Surgery Day is a very unique event. I have explained CSD to family members and friends who live outside Summit County, and they cannot believe that as a community we are able to make this happen. This is an exemplar model for providing a hand up to people who then in turn can return to work and live whole and healthy lives and give back to the community when they are able.
It is an honor to be a small part of Community Surgery Day. I am looking forward to volunteering at POSC as a nurse in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) on Saturday. It will be an opportunity for me to be a hands on nurse and care for the people I have come to know and admire as they transition to wellness.
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