Happy National Volunteer Week! To show our gratitude for our volunteers, our team created this video for our medical volunteers from our partner hospitals! We value all of our volunteers that work tirelessly and show nothing but dedication. You are appreciated!
Over the last 2 years, as Sofia Valladares’ vision deteriorated, the simplest tasks became more difficult to complete. As a factory worker in a cookie company, she was unable to fulfill her responsibilities because of her vision problems, which caused her to lose her job. Due to Sofia’s impaired vision, she was unable to properly read the prescription labels on her medication. This caused her blood pressure and blood sugar levels to increase, which can result in the damage of blood vessels in the retina and adversely affect a person’s ability to see. Even a walk around the block became a challenge when she had to cross the street and was unable to distinguish between colors at the traffic light. Without being able to cook and care for her family, she felt helpless and sought the help from Serve the People Community Clinic, which referred her to their vision office and ultimately recommended her to AccessOC. Due to her high blood sugar levels, she was unable to be approved for surgery. Fortunately, she was prescribed new medication, which lowered her blood sugar levels and was given medical clearance to proceed with the surgery. Through AccessOC, she was connected to Dr. Prendiville who volunteered to help Mrs. Valladares in the hopes of restoring her vision. On February 28th, 2018, Sofia had surgery at Mission Surgery Center as part of the Integrated Surgery Model. Soon after her procedure, she was able to go home and enjoy her restored vision. She gratefully said to those who helped her “Thank you for everything you do.”
On February 13, 2018, AccessOC partnered with St. Joseph Hospital for an Integrated GI Surgery Day. Overall, we served 12 patients who received colonoscopies with the assistance of 32 medical volunteers that consisted of nurses, doctors, and technicians. The patients' procedures were successful thanks to the wonderful medical staff! AccessOC Southern California would like to thank St. Joseph Hospital for their facility and the staff for their wonderful hospitality. We hope to continue to work with you for future events!
AccessOC partnered with Mission Hospital Laguna Beach through our Integrated Care model on November 30th, 2017. Dr. Ozgur and Dr. Gosheh performed three eye surgeries. One patient, Jose, went from being unable to see his own fingers to now being able to take a driving test at the DMV. Thanks to the doctors' time and service, Jose was capable of sight and enjoyed the views of the outdoors as soon as he walked out the hospital. We want to thank Mission Laguna Beach, Dr. Ozgur and Dr. Gosheh for their commitment to serving those patients!
AccessOC is grateful to the generous donors who donated raffle prizes for the 10th Anniversary Volunteer Appreciation Cruise. The event would not have been possible without their support!
A special thank you to Pinot’s Palette, Ego Salon, Raising Cane’s, Anaheim Angels, Sur la Table, Knott’s Berry Farm, Medieval Times, Fig and Olive, Disneyland, Total Wine & More, Six Flags Magic Mountains, Autry Museum, The Broad Museum, Pasadena Playhouse, The Huntington Library, Hollywood Wax Museum, Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards, Plums Café and Catering, In-N-Out Burger, Dave & Buster’s, Vans Off the Wall, Lucky Strike and Pure Barre!
AccessOC and Kaiser Permanente Orange County hosted their 16th Surgery Day together and it was a success! Overall, 43 patients were served and doctors performed 41 surgeries. With a team of approximately 110 doctors and medical volunteers, there were 11 general surgeries, 12 eye surgeries, and 18 colonoscopies. AccessOC would like to thank Kaiser Permanente Orange County - Irvine Medical Center and their staff for their support and hard work in making it a successful Surgery Day! We also appreciate photographers Lia Stude and Albert Halim for capturing such memorable moments. This event would not have been possible without our medical and community volunteers’ incredible efforts!