advertiser banner advertiser banner
Digital Issues

Home >  News >  October, 2013

Lowe's and Walmart: Surgery's On Us

The retail giants offer employees and their families free joint replacements.

Published: October 15, 2013

Lowe's and Walmart have partnered with 4 hospital systems to offer complimentary hip and knee replacements to employees and their families.

The retail giants combined forces with the San Francisco, Calif.-based Pacific Business Group on Health Negotiating Alliance to launch a national Employers Centers of Excellence Network, which aims to provide workers of large employers with quality, affordable health care.

Employees enrolled in the companies' insurance plans qualify for the no-cost, no-deductible care, which includes the initial consultation, the surgery, and travel and lodging expenses for the patient and a caregiver.

Individuals who opt for the free surgery must travel to one of the following partner facilities to have it done:

  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Md.
  • Kaiser Permanente Orange County Irvine Medical Center in Irvine, Calif.
  • Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo.
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.

A Lowe's representative points out that the participating health systems are spread throughout the country, giving workers in underserved areas access to high-quality surgical facilities.

The program is voluntary; employees can opt to incur the normal costs of surgery to have procedures performed at local facilities.

Daniel Cook


Also in the News...

Joan Rivers's Personal Voice Doctor Denies Accusations She Fled Endo Clinic
Jury Awards Woman $30 Million After Throat Catches Fire
Clinic, Physicians Hit with Multimillion-Dollar Suit in Joan Rivers Case
Morphine Following Common Childhood Surgery May Be Life Threatening
Outbreak at Seattle Hospital Infects at Least 35, Suspected in 11 Deaths
Unfiltered OR Lights Burn Patients at Oregon Hospital
Wyoming ASCs' Recovery Care Proposal Iced

 
Have an account? Please log in:
Email Address:
  Remember my login on this computer

DID YOU SEE THIS?
Airway Management

This Simple Device Shields Your PACU Staff From WAG

Other Articles That May Interest You

Study: Common Knee Surgery May Boost Arthritis Risk

Repairing tears in meniscus cartilage may increase the risk of osteoarthritis and cartilage loss in some patients.

Doris Parker, RN, Returns Today to Her Native Liberia to Help Curb Ebola

"As a nurse, this is what you do: You take care of people," she said before leaving for her 3-month mission.

Healthcare Reform's Elective Surgery Effects

More insured patients equals greater surgical demand, say researchers.