Giving Back to the Community through Volunteering
Kaiser Permanente Physicians, Nurses and Staff
When you hear the name Kaiser Permanente what do you think about… healthcare, doctors, hospitals, office visits for you and your family? But, did you know that being part of the Kaiser Permanente family means you do more than just your day job… in fact, physicians, nurses and staff are among the great volunteers giving back to our communities in north San Mateo County.
Just this past weekend at the South San Francisco hospital’s Orchid Center, an outpatient procedure facility at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, twenty staff volunteers took time to help provide free eye surgery and 9 GI procedures for 12 patients. The volunteer effort was through Kaiser Permanente’s relationship with Operation Access “OA”, an organization which coordinates donated surgical procedures for Bay Area residents who can’t afford them. To learn more about this great organization CLICK HERE
Operation Access Orchid is not the only volunteer effort for Kaiser Permanente. Our Physicians, Nurses and Staff never stop – after hours you will find many of them out in the community making lives better. Over the last few months many of them have been involved in volunteering at local food banks, community health fairs, parks and coastal cleanup, and a variety of walking events raising funds to contribute in the fight against disease and chronic health condition that affect so many.
Here’s a list of the of some of the efforts Kaiser Permanente’s volunteers had worked at on their own time to give back to the communities they serve.
Second Harvest Food Bank – sorted food for distribution.
North Peninsula Food Pantry – served food to to those in need.
Daly City Make a Difference Day – a citywide volunteer in the community cleanup day.
Coastal Clean up – 25 Physicians led by KP South San Francisco’s Physician in Chief, Dr. John Skerry.
Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Walk – Your next step is the cure – more than 85 physicians walked and raised $10,500.
American Diabetes Association – Step Out Walk – 65 KPSSF raised $2,000.
Making Strides against Breast Cancer – 25 Physicians and Staff walking to raise awareness.
These photos are from the Operation Access Orchid donated surgery day this past Saturday
photo labeled volunteers in order of appearance are Dr. Poorab Sangani, Ophthalmologist, Charles Whipple ORT, Evelyn Holsome, Don Rainville, CRNA, Bertila Salazar ORT and Kim Cortezano, RN