Local community member to receive free vision-saving surgery by local eye surgeons

Posted on 1/3/2017


EVENT:                  Palmetto Health will help begin the New Year restoring vision to a local community member through Operation Sight. Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group Ophthalmologist Bethany Markowitz, M.D., and Columbia anesthesiologist Roman Williams, M.D., will volunteer their services to the patient who is legally blind in his left eye.

The surgery is being funded in collaboration among Palmetto Health, Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group and Operation Sight. Operation Sight is a U.S.-based charitable program, organized by the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation, a group focused on providing sight-saving eye surgery to patients in need and eliminating preventable blindness caused by cataracts.

WHEN:                  Wednesday, Jan. 4, 9 a.m. (surgery). Patient arrives at 8 a.m.

WHERE:                Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Surgery Center, 100 Palmetto Health Parkway, Suite 108

ABOUT:                Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the South Carolina Midlands region and one of the state’s largest employers, comprises more than 14,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s Vision: To be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes six acute-care hospitals in the Midlands—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey. In the South Carolina Upstate region, Palmetto Health also co-owns Baptist Easley Hospital. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, the system also includes the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, the region’s largest multispecialty group, which serves as the entry point to the health care system with more than 500 providers serving patients in more than 80 practices and nearly 100 locations. Palmetto Health also is supported by two 501 (c)(3) foundations, and trains the next generation of physicians through its 24 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit PalmettoHealth.org or call 803-296-CARE (2273).


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