Kaiser Permanente hospitals recognize Free Surgery Day

Kaiser Permanente hospitals across Southern California will absorb the costs of 67 outpatient surgeries today as part of its regional Free Surgery Day.

At the hospital in Baldwin Park, 16 uninsured San Gabriel Valley residents will get their hernias repaired as part of the hospital's partnership with the East Valley Community Health Center.

In Orange County, 11 residents underwent procedures such as knee repairs and gallbladder removals at the Kaiser Permanente Alton/Sand Canyon Surgical Center as part of Kaiser's partnership with Access OC.

And about 40 people got free surgeries at the Kaiser Permanente in Otay Mesa as part of the hospital's partnership with the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation.

"Today's Surgery Day is part of a broader effort by Kaiser Permanente medical centers throughout Southern California and their community partners, to provide free surgical procedures to low income, uninsured and underinsured individuals," said Dr. Benjamin Chu, president of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region. "These procedures will make significant improvements to the patients' quality of life, as many have been unable to work due to their medical conditions."