Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Outreach Day

VUMC volunteers prepare a patient for surgery during Orthopaedics Outreach Day at Vanderbilt Surgery Center in Franklin. (photo by Erin O. Smith)

Volunteers lend a helping hand at Orthopaedics Outreach Day

Approximately 60 VUMC volunteers, including surgeons, pre- and post-op nurses and check-in, anesthesia, sterile, supply and cleaning staff, took over the Vanderbilt Surgery Center in Franklin to provide free surgical treatment to uninsured or underinsured Middle Tennesseans.

Volunteers at the Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Outreach Day provided free surgical treatments to 15 uninsured patients.

Orthopaedic Outreach Day lends a helping hand

Event provides free hand surgeries for uninsured

Approximately 60 Vanderbilt Orthopaedics volunteers provided surgical treatment to 16 patients at the fifth Annual Vanderbilt Orthopaedics Outreach Day on Saturday, Aug. 21.

Patient Clearissa Griggs gets a pre-surgical check from Caroline Wilburn, RN, BSN, and attending anesthesiologist Chris Canlas, MD, during Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s “Touching Hands” Outreach Day.

Event continues VUMC tradition of providing free hand surgeries

For the fourth straight year, VUMC surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and support staff provided free surgeries for underinsured individuals with chronic upper extremity conditions such as carpel tunnel syndrome and cysts.

Orthopaedic Outreach Day

Dylan Makor receives care from Hong Vo, RN. She and more than 30 colleagues volunteered Saturday, Aug. 11, so uninsured people could have access to hand surgeries during Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Outreach Day, an event that is part of the Touching Hands Project, an initiative of the American Society for Hand Surgery.

Volunteer event again makes hand surgeries possible for uninsured

About three dozen Vanderbilt University Medical Center employees will spend a Saturday volunteering their time so uninsured people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and other hand disorders can receive surgical treatment.