REDDING, Calif., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Eight physicians, including six from Orange County, will make a "Mission of Mercy" to Redding, Calif. this weekend, beginning an effort to get needed surgeries for low-income children who have been on waiting lists for up to 18 months. Redding, like many communities in this state, has a shortage of specialists. Limited access to medical care for children statewide is caused in part by low Medi-Cal fees and physician scarcity in parts of California. WHO: About 40 children will receive tonsil, adenoid and ear-tube surgeries during a weekend marathon of surgeries. Six surgeons, including two Redding physicians, and two anesthesiologists will be joined by a surgical nursing team. All will volunteer their services for the surgeries. WHAT: The operations taking place Dec. 14-16 will be followed in February by an additional set of 30 similar surgeries in Redding. Some of these children have experienced hearing loss and disfigurement from the delays in care. Only two ear-nose-throat specialists serve the greater Redding community. WHERE: All children were referred by Shasta Community Health Center. The surgeries will be performed at Redding's two hospitals -- Redding Medical Center and Mercy Hospital. WHEN: News conference to introduce key players and patients 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, Shasta Community Health Center, 2630 Breslauer Way, 530-246-5726. Surgeries will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Dedicated to the health of all Californians, the California Medical Association represents more than 34,000 physicians from all regions, modes of practice and medical specialties.
SOURCE California Medical Association