Menorah Medical Center, in partnership with Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic and Carondelet Orthopaedic Surgeons, will help change the quality-of-life for people like 41-year-old single mom Stacey O’Hara this Saturday, Dec. 7.
O’Hara, along with four other area residents, will be the recipient of a pro-bono surgery as part of Operation Walk USA, an independent medical charitable organization. The patients will receive all aspects of knee and hip replacement surgery, including hospitalization and pre-and post-operative care, at no cost.
Menorah Medical Center — part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider — and Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic and Carondelet Orthopaedic Surgeons, part of Signature Medical Group, are the only Kansas City-area medical professionals participating in the program this year.
O’Hara, a server at Story restaurant in Prairie Village, will have her right hip replaced during a surgery by Jeffrey Salin, DO. The young mother of a 4-year-old son has experienced debilitating pain for several years due to a degenerative joint disease. Although she continues to work, her quality of life — especially in enjoying her son — has suffered as a result.
For O’Hara, a new hip, and the freedom it will give her, is the best Thanksgiving blessing and early Christmas gift she can imagine. “I can’t wait to be able to take a step without pain, sit on the floor to play with Jack and help him ride a bike and throw and catch balls,” she says. “I couldn’t afford this surgery, so it’s a miracle I was able to qualify for Operation Walk.”
The team of surgeons will perform six hip and knee surgeries, including a bilateral knee replacement, at Menorah Medical Center this Saturday.
“It means a great deal to me and my colleagues to help these patients, who have had a difficult time enjoying things we all take for granted — like walking to the mailbox or shopping for groceries — regain a sense of freedom and a quality of life,” says Dr. Salin.
Participating surgeons include: Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic, Gerald McNamara, MD, Dr. Salin, Robert Bruce, MD and Thomas Samuelson, MD; and Carondelet Orthopaedic Surgeons, Scott Abraham, MD and Scott Luallin, MD.
“Menorah Medical Center is proud to provide these compassionate physicians with surgical suites and the necessary support to perform these surgeries,” says Steven D. Wilkinson, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Menorah Medical Center. “The hospital’s role in giving back to the community is an important one, and helping people like Stacey O’Hara become empowered with a new hip is part of Menorah’s charitable mission.”
Operation Walk USA is a volunteer effort on behalf of the orthopedic surgeons and 70 participating hospitals in 32 states, including Menorah Medical Center. This year, the program was expanded from one day to the entire first week of December, beginning on Monday, December 2, to allow more hospitals, surgeons and patients to participate. Menorah Medical Center is located in Overland Park at 5721 West 119th St., (119th St. & Nall).