LEXINGTON – Local non-profit Surgery on Sunday, Inc. announced recently that it has named Amanda M. Ferguson as its executive director, effective May 1, 2017. Ferguson was selected after a two-month search, and was unanimously approved by the board of directors.
Board chair Dr. Paul Kearney stated “we are very fortunate to have Ms. Ferguson as the leader of our organization,” while the group’s founder, Dr. Andrew Moore, II, added that “Amanda will be a great asset for Surgery on Sunday.” Board secretary Andrew DeSimone, J.D. echoed those sentiments, calling Ferguson an “outstanding individual” and welcoming her to the SOS team.
Ferguson said she was “both honored and thrilled to begin serving such a wonderful and meaningful organization,” and hopes to expand Surgery on Sunday’s services locally while continuing to promote it as a model program nationwide.
About Surgery on Sunday, Inc.
Founded in 2005, Surgery on Sunday is a non-profit organization that provides essential outpatient surgical procedures at no cost to uninsured and underinsured individuals who are not eligible for state or federal assistance. Volunteers perform surgeries the third Sunday of each month at the Lexington Surgery Center, and nearly 500 physicians, anesthesiologists, nurses, and other medical and administrative personnel have donated more than 100,000 hours of service since the program’s inception.
Surgery on Sunday is funded solely by grants and generous private donations which allow the program to keep expenses low for surgical procedures. Patients must meet certain criteria set forth by the board of directors, have a primary care home, and be referred by a medical professional. Surgeries provided include gallbladder removal, hernia repair, cataract extraction, tonsillectomy, and mass excision, among others.
About Amanda M. Ferguson
Amanda M. Ferguson, 50, is a life-long Lexingtonian with extensive experience in non-profit and government organizations. Ferguson holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Kentucky, and an M.A. in psychology from Vanderbilt University. From 2007-2016, she served as the 4th district member of the Fayette County Board of Education, having been elected to the post 3 times.
Her community involvement has included work with the Hope Center, Partners for Youth, The Mediation Center of Kentucky, The Club at Spindletop Hall, Girl Scouts of Kentucky, Centenary United Methodist Church, The Rotary Club of Lexington, and several local and statewide political campaigns. Amanda, also a licensed Realtor, is married to Assistant Attorney General Todd D. Ferguson. They have three children, Jacob (19), Lucy (16), and Maggie (12).