Menorah Medical Center
December 04, 2015

CEO Charles Laird

WHO:  David Marcus, Kansas City, Kan./Thomas S. Samuelson, M.D., Kansas City Bone and Joint Clinic and Menorah Medical Center

WHAT: Left total knee replacement

WHEN: 6:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015

WHERE: Menorah Medical Center, 5721 W. 119th St., Overland Park, Kan.

MEDIA: Go to Entry A for an escort to interview.

WHY:  David Marcus is a 53-year-old Kansas City, Kan. who has suffered from debilitating knee pain for years and is scheduled to undergo pro bono total knee replacement surgery at Menorah Medical Center as part of 2015 Operation Walk USA, an independent medical humanitarian organization that provides all aspects of knee and hip replacement treatment, surgery, hospitalization and pre- and post-operative care at no cost to patients.   Operation Walk USA provides this care to patients who may not qualify for government assistance or have insurance or cannot afford surgery on their own. Last year, 36 hospitals—including Menorah Medical Center—representing 23 states, 55 surgeons and 82 patients participated in Operation Walk USA, totaling $2.2 million in pro bono care. Since its inception, Operation Walk USA has helped 574 patients across the nation, giving back $15.5 million in pro bono care. 

This will be the third year that Menorah Medical Center has collaborated with Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic and Carondelet Orthopaedic Surgeons to provide these transformative surgeries.   

“Menorah Medical Center is pleased to partner with Kansas City Bone and Joint Clinic and Carondelet Orthopaedic Surgeons to improve the quality-of-life for patients like Mr. Marcus,” says Charles Laird, Chief Executive Officer, Menorah Medical Center.  “It is our privilege to donate this type of life-changing service to individuals in need, helping return them to work and their social activities.” 

“Millions of men and women are impacted each year by degenerative knee disease, which causes debilitating pain and often makes working, or completing even the simplest of daily tasks, excruciatingly painful or impossible,” Dr. Samuelson says. “I am honored to be able to work with David Marcus to restore his mobility, self dignity and productivity.”

Participants of 2015 Operation Walk USA include: Kansas City Bone and Joint: Dr. Robert Bruce, Dr. Jeffrey Salin and Dr. Thomas Samuelson; Carondelet Orthopaedic Surgeons: Dr. Scott Abraham; Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City; Zimmer Biomet; Depuy Synthes; KC Hospitalists; United Imaging Consultants; Midwest Heart and Vascular Specialists; Stark Pharmacy; Gentiva Home Health; Interim Healthcare; Home Care Medical Equipment; Rehabilitation Services of Menorah; Menorah Medical Center staff. 

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