From the Points of Light website:
Meet Daily Point of Light Award honoree Dr. Demetrio J. Aguila, III. Read his story and nominated an outstanding volunteer or family as a Daily Point of Light.
So many patients have lost hope from both a medical standpoint as well as a financial one, Dr. Demetrio J. Aguila, III said. That’s why his practice, Healing Hands of Nebraska, is built around a program specifically designed to restore hope and put control back into the hands of patients, while also benefiting the greater community. Through its M25 Program, the practice allows patients to pay for their medical procedures by putting in hours at various volunteer organizations within the Norfolk, Neb. community and surrounding area. Patients can also enlist their friends, family and neighbors to help them complete the hours needed.
Dr. Aguila, an ENT, reconstructive and plastic surgeon who has practiced for 23 years, opened Healing Hands of Nebraska in June 2018 knowing he wanted M25 to be the foundation of the practice. The program launched about a year ago, and since then he said about five percent of his patients have chosen to use M25 to pay for their procedures, with nine patients currently enrolled in the program right now. He hopes to have about ten percent of his patients utilize the program, as well as expand the number of M25’s charitable partners. A military veteran, Dr. Aguila is also planning to develop a program specifically for military personnel and veterans.
Read the full story on the Points of Light website.