Kenmore Mercy Hospital to Provide Free Joint Replacement Surgery to Needy Patient

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August 19, 2014

While more than one million knee and hip replacements performed in the U.S. each year, countless men and women continue to live with severe arthritic pain and immobility because they cannot afford joint replacement surgery.

Building on its mission to serve those in need and its orthopedic excellence, Kenmore Mercy Hospital, a Catholic Health facility, along with John Repicci, DDS, MD, are joining Operation Walk USA, to provide a needy patient with a free joint replacement surgery.  

Eligiblity Requirements

You must meet the following criteria to be considered for the program:

  1. Be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Be within 100-200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (see below), and have no access to third-party medical care insurance such as Medicaid, state-funded programs, etc.
  3. Require either a primary total hip or primary total knee replacement surgery only. (Participating surgeons and hospitals, at their own discretion, may consider revision total joint procedures.)  No other surgical procedures are offered at this time.
  4. Reside no farther than a one-hour car ride or 60 miles from Kenmore Mercy Hospital. If you reside outside of the recommended geographic service area, you may be accepted into the program at the sole discretion of Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

Federal Poverty Guidelines

The 2014 federal poverty guidelines are:

Persons in family/household Poverty guideline To qualify for surgery, cannot exceed
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,060 for each additional person.
1 $11,670 $23,340
2 15,730 31,460
3 19,790 39,580
4 23,850 47,700
5 27,910 55,820
6 31,970 63,940
7 36,030 72,060
8 40,090 80,180

How to Apply

If you think that you quality, please email us using the form below.

If medically eligible for this procedure, patients would be referred to our screening process where they will meet with a financial counselor, receive a series of radiologic exams, and if appropriate, meet with Dr. Repicci to assess for surgery.

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What is Operation Walk USA?

Operation Walk USA is a nationwide effort dedicated to improving the lives and mobility of uninsured patients. It provides all aspects of treatment – surgery, hospitalization, and pre-and post-operative care – at no cost to participating patients.

In 2013, orthopedic surgeons at 70 hospitals in 32 states collectively provided free joint replacements to nearly 500 individuals.

The 2014 event is scheduled for the first week of December:  December 1 through 6, 2014.

Operation Walk USA began in 2011 following the tremendous success of Operation Walk, an international volunteer medical service organization that provides treatment for patients with arthritis and joint conditions in developing countries. To date, more than 6,000 patients have received new knees and hips through the international Operation Walk.

“Regardless of circumstances, people in need should have relief from debilitating joint conditions and receive a new lease on life,” said Dr. Repicci. “This is the essence of Operation Walk USA."

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