health-care.jpgAbout 30 low-income patients in San Francisco will receive needed surgical procedures Saturday as part of a nonprofit’s campaign to help the uninsured.

The nonprofit Operation Access is partnering with Kaiser Permanente for Saturday’s event at Kaiser’s San Francisco Medical Center.

The patients, who are referred to the nonprofit from various community clinics in the Bay Area, are in need of surgical and diagnostic procedures such as hernia repairs, cataract removals and colonoscopies and will receive them for free, according to Operation Access spokeswoman Ellen Kaufman.

Kaiser’s doctors, nurses and other staff are volunteering their time for the event and the hospital is making its operating rooms open for the procedures, Kaufman said.

Operation Access helped to provide about $18 million worth of medical care at similar events around the Bay Area in 2012, Kaufman said.

The event is scheduled to run from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Saturday at the hospital located at 2425 Geary Blvd. in San Francisco.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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