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.