Fairfax, VA – (July 24, 2014) The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation (ASCRS Foundation) announced that AMSURG will join the Operation Sight Network as a partner organization.
Operation Sight is the ASCRS Foundation’s US-based charitable cataract surgery program. Its nationwide network includes volunteer organizations and surgeons which provide care to those unable to access or afford surgery on their own.
The addition of AMSURG to the Operation Sight Network greatly expands the opportunity for volunteer physicians to participle in charitable cataract care. AMSURG, together with its physician partners, own more than 240 outpatient surgery centers across the United States. Sixty five AMSURG facilities provide cataract surgery.
“Some may not realize how great the need is in our own communities for charitable cataract surgery. This is a form of blindness that has a cure – one that will allow people to go back to work or to school and to live fuller lives,” said John Grant, Division President Ophthalmology. “By teaming with the ASCRS Foundation and Operation Sight, AMSURG hopes to help address an incredible need.”
Charitable surgery is not new to AMSURG, whose surgeons and surgery centers frequently care for the underserved. The partnership with Operation Sight will enable AMSURG to play an even greater role at the national level. AMSURG joins established charitable organizations such as Operation Sight (SC), Operation Access (CA), the Moran Eye Center (UT), and University Hospitals (OH) as part of the Operation Sight Network, which also includes individual physician volunteers.
“Operation Sight is working to meet a huge, unmet need in the U.S.,” said Stephen S. Lane, M.D., Chairman of the ASCRS Foundation’s domestic programs. “And this new partnership with AMSURG, a recognized leader in ophthalmology, will help us reach one simple goal: end curable blindness in the U.S.”
The ASCRS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization which works to support physician education and to provide humanitarian cataract surgery in the United States and Africa. Through its programs and partnerships the foundation works to maximize the benefits of modern ophthalmology and to treat thousands of needy patients both at home and abroad. AMSURG Corp. acquires, develops and operates ambulatory surgery centers in partnership with physician practice groups throughout the U.S. and provides outsourced physician services in multiple specialties to hospitals, ASCs and other healthcare facilities, primarily in the areas of anesthesiology, children’s services, emergency medicine and radiology. AmSurg owns and operates 243 ASCs in 34 states and provides physician services in 25 states, employing more than 2,600 physicians and other healthcare professionals.