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Lending a Hand: How Hand Day 2020 Helped this Community Member

POSTED: December 10, 2020

A record 17 "pro bono" surgeries were performed at the Southview Hand Center on Sunday, October 18 in observance of Kettering Health Network Hand Day 2020. 

Hand Day is an annual opportunity for physicians and staff to participate in "domestic" mission trips, providing uninsured patients in our own community free surgery and follow up care to resolve painful and debilitating hand conditions. Qualifying conditions include carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, trigger fingers, mucous cysts, ganglion cysts, and De Quervain's tenosynovitis. 

This was Kettering Health Network's third year participating in the event, which is an outreach effort initiated by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). 

Attending hand surgeons Dr. Brent Bamberger, Dr. Adam Dann, Dr. Tim Harman, and Dr. Paul Gleason. along with Brian Handal, DO, and Alex Palmer, DO, and a team of staff from the Hand Center Volunteered their time. All procedures, equipment, and labor were donated as a service to the community. 

"Hand Day is just part of our mission to improve the lives of people in our community," says Dr. Bamberger. "Many physicians go overseas to help people in need but sometimes overlook the need in our own communities. This allows us to give back to those who might not otherwise be able to afford much-needed surgeries." 

The impact of service

While each patient has their own unique story, one particularly heartwarming case was a patient who received bilateral carpal tunnel surgery. Patty was displaced from her job at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and started her own baking business. 

As Patty's sales were taking off, the pain caused by her condition worsened. Thanks to the generosity of our hand surgeons and Southview staff, Patty will be back to baking cinnamon rolls at Hunny's Bakery soon.