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Saint Mary's Collaborates with MORE and Reno Orthopaedic to Provide Free Knee, Hip Replacements

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RENO, Nev. – Monday, July 27, 2015 – Saint Mary's has collaborated with Musculoskeletal Organization for Research and Education (MORE) and Operation Walk USA to provide free knee and hip replacements for uninsured and underinsured northern Nevadans. Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply online for this life-changing surgery that restores mobility by going to

"This unique community partnership will enable local patients to access care that will improve their quality of life," said Helen Lidholm, CEO of Saint Mary's Health Network. "We are excited to offer this to the area and collaborate with MORE."

While more than one million hip and knee replacements are performed in the U.S. each year, countless men and women continue to live with severe arthritic pain and immobility because they cannot afford joint replacement surgery.

"I've always wanted to do this program and have just never been able to make it happen," said orthopedic surgeon Eric Boyden. "Now, with MORE and Saint Mary's, we have this amazing opportunity to really help people who fall in that gap of care."

Operation Walk USA is an independent medical humanitarian organization that provides free hip or knee replacement surgeries to patients in the US. This service benefits permanent residents and US citizens who do not qualify for government assistance programs and cannot afford surgery on their own. The Musculoskeletal Organization for Research and Education is a local northern Nevada non-profit that provides orthopedic education and outreach programs, evidence-based research, and advanced fellowship training.

Please go to for more information about the application process and criteria for patients.


Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center

Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center based in Reno, Nev. is a 380-bed acute care hospital offering inpatient, outpatient and wellness services. Nationally recognized and accredited by the Joint Commission, Saint Mary's offers a robust line of services including a top-rated Center for Cancer featuring the region's only CyberKnife radiosurgery delivery system, state-of-the-art William N. Pennington Emergency Room and Senior ER and a Cardiology program dedicated to long-term wellness. The health system also operates a fully-integrated Medical Group and a state-of-the-art Center for Health & Fitness. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary's is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit