LITTLE INFORMATION ON PROJECT ACCESS
PATC is a breakthrough initiative
approved by the Tarrant County Medical Society (TCMS) Board of Directors to
provide healthcare access to the uninsured and working poor in Tarrant
County. TCMS has led the charge in the
life of PATC, and since September 2011, PATC volunteers have provided Tarrant
County’s in need with over $4.2 million in donated healthcare access.
Approximately 350 patients have been
approved for the program and have had surgical and/or other specialty
procedures completed by utilizing the charitable gifts of a network of existing
voluntary providers and collaborative partnerships. PATC’s mission is to expand health care
access and improve health outcomes for low-income, uninsured residents of
Tarrant County, utilizing the charitable gifts of a network of existing
voluntary providers and collaborative partnerships.
Project Access Provides the following services:
Donated Medical Services (Project Access
Coordination (In Partnership with Catholic Charities)
Available for PATC Patients
& Rectal Surgery
Med & Rehab
Med & Surgery
That Cannot Be Addressed
HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Remember Why You
Became a Physician
Medical Association principles of medical ethics states:
physician shall recognize a responsibility to participate in activities
contributing to an improved community."
finding viable outlets that serve the community effectively can be
difficult. This is why the concept of
PATC is so wonderful:
Access Tarrant County acknowledges, quantifies, and coordinates physician and
health care provider charity care, and spreads that care as equitably as
Access Tarrant County makes it easier for physicians who are already caring for
the uninsured to better manage and coordinate care.
can volunteer to see patients in their own practice or can be connected to an
area charitable clinic. Each physician
is in control of the number of patients s/he will see in a given year as
well. All commitments are appreciated;
no number is too small.
Paul Cho, MD,
Cho feels that “we are only as strong as the people and community that surround
us…Project Access is an exemplary means for the physicians of Tarrant County to
serve our fellow citizens and to contribute to the health and welfare of all
who surround us.”
Marcincuk, MD, Otolaryngologist
with Project Access has been very rewarding.
Over the years, providing charity care to those who need it has always
been something that makes me feel good about my work. However, as a surgeon, no
matter how much you want to care for uninsured patients, without the
cooperation of hospitals, labs, radiology facilities, and other doctors, it has
traditionally been a huge challenge to provide surgical care for these
patients. Now with Project Access, we have a network of willing individuals and
facilities that makes this process easy and seamless. In my experience alone, I
have been able to provide comprehensive care that substantially improves
patients' quality of life, and, in a few cases, has provided life-saving care
for uninsured patients. Multiply that by all the doctors and facilities in this
network, and this program has made a monumental contribution to this community.
I am proud to be a part of this effort.”
R. Todd Richwine,
DO, Family Medicine & Hospitalist
volunteered to become part of PATC to help patients who otherwise would not
have resources available for their health care.
With PATC’s coordination, my first patient referral to PATC is back
caring for her family, working toward her degree and a healthy member of
Tarrant County. PATC allowed me to be
part of a team of primary care, specialists, hospitals, labs and other health
care providers without any of the administrative burden to myself or my staff
that would come with trying to do this on our own. I have provided charity care, but was limited
on what I could do without the resources PATC has arranged.”
Shellenberger, MD, Otolaryngologist
thoroughly enjoyed being able to help provide necessary care for a PATC
patient. The patient was extremely
pleasant and she was excited and grateful to PATC. Working with PATC was seamless, and I will be
happy to continue to provide my services to those who need it in Tarrant
County. I know that I cannot make a
massive change locally or internationally, but to the person that I help, it is
Jim Norman, MD,
process was easy especially since PATC had already arranged for the hospital
and anesthesia services to be donated to the patient. Scheduling the hernia case was like
scheduling a patient with insurance. I
did not have to coordinate with the hospital and anesthesia to donate their
services as PATC had already made those arrangements.”
you wish to volunteer with Project Access, please click on the link below. The volunteer sign up form can be filled out
online and will be sent directly to Project Access.
VOLUNTEER WITH PATC!
you can’t participate, please donate!
would like to recognize the organizations responsible for funding PATC,
partnering with PATC, and those physician groups whose practices have 100%
OUR PHYSICIAN VOLUNTEERS
Our volunteer physicians and their office staff are the reason that Project Access is able to help the patients who have nowhere else to turn. We recognize them to show how grateful and appreciative we all are of their generosity.
PATC e-newsletter Monday, June 15, 2015
for allowing PATC to be one of four organizations chosen to be
beneficiaries of PMR Charity's annual golf tournament that was held at
Waterchase Golf Course on Thursday, May 14, 2015. The other
organizations included Gill Children's, Helping Restore Ability, and
Adaptive Training Foundation. We had a great day of hosting golfers
at Hole #17 where they got to spin for placement at the edge of the green
and a chance to enter the raffle to win a Jag-for-a-Day. The Jaguar
was graciously donated for the day by Autobahn Motorcar Group of Fort
Worth, with John Ingebritson, sales person for Autobahn Jaguar,
representing the dealership at our hole. Although muggy, the rain
held off and we even got a little sunshine!
WHO CAME OUT TO SUPPORT OUR FIRST ANNUAL JOINT FUNDRAISER FOR
June 4, 2015, Project Access, Cornerstone Cataract Clinic, and Community
Eye Clinic held their first annual Ophthalmological joint fundraiser at
Live Oak Music Lounge on Magnolia. It was a fantastic evening
filled with Jags donated for the night by Autobahn Motorcar Group of Fort
Worth and jazz music by UTA Jazz Ensemble. Guests were encouraged to buy
raffle tickets to win a chance at driving a Jag-for-a-Day. The
lucky winner was Dave Sattler of Alcon! Mr. Sattler retired from
Alcon this past year. He was integral in making sure Community Eye Clinic
was established and continues to be a supporter. The night was meant
to fundraise for these three wonderful organizations, but also it was to
highlight how we work together to take care of the eyes of the indigent
in Tarrant County. Lorene McCoy, Director of the Cornerstone Clinic
says, "Our missing link when the clinic began was pre- and post-op
eye care. And that's where the Community Eye Clinic plays a major role
for our clinic...All 3 of these clinics work closely to serve the
community. And we could not do this without the help of generous
supporters like you."
& SUPPORT 2015
WE'RE GETTING READY FOR NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
Jonathan Warminski, MD
Ophthalmologist, Retina Center of Texas
Are you originally from this
area? If not, where?
I'm originally from a small town in
the panhandle of Texas, White Deer. It's a little farming community 45
minutes northeast of Amarillo
Who or what influenced you greatly
Growing up on a farm, I learned
quickly the value of hard work and the importance of responsibility. As
I've moved away from there, those are things that I have always kept in
Where were you educated?
I attended Texas Tech University
for undergraduate school, majoring in Food Science. From there, I moved
to the metroplex and studied at UT Southwestern for medical school. I did
an internship in Internal Medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas
and then returned to UT Southwestern for both residency in ophthalmology
and then fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery.
Why did you decide to become a
I never grew up with the thought of
becoming a physician, I just wanted to get an 8-5 job and have a family.
During college, I was doing R&D for a food manufacturing company and,
while I enjoyed it, I felt called to something service oriented and found
medicine. It provides constant challenges along with the opportunity to
affect people's lives.
What is your favorite thing about
being an Ophthalmologist?
Being able to work with patients to
treat their vision problems is very rewarding. It's a scary prospect to
consider losing vision since we, by our nature, primarily interact with
the world visually.
How did you decide to join
PATC? Have you always been charity minded?
After joining Dr. Jawad Qureshi in
practice, we talked about our role in the community and how we can be
involved. He was already been a part of PATC and I joined right away.
How many patients do you see who
are without insurance? Has that number increased?
It's hard to say how many, the
number isn't as important as being available to help.
Please explain how working with
PATC is different than trying to schedule and see charity patients on
PATC allows us to have a
coordinator for patients to take the burden off of our staff. With
partners at Community Eye Clinic and Cornerstone, it allows comprehensive
eye care for the patient without barriers that we face when not working
How was your first PATC patient
My first patient was one of my own
that I needed PATC's help to get to surgery. He is a hard-working guy
that ended up with diabetic retinopathy causing bleeding in his eye and
left him unable to work. I treated him with every clinical means I could,
but he needed surgery. PATC stepped in and worked with the hospital so we
could get the procedure done. He's now back to work and is the most
appreciative patient I have.
Why do you think that PATC is a
good program to have in place in Tarrant County?
Not only is PATC good, it's
essential for our community. There is a gap between the care provided by
the JPS system and the insured. PATC fills that gap and allows for care
to those patients who are truly in need.
Why do you think it is a good idea
for other Ophthalmologists to join PATC? How would it be beneficial
to them, their practice, and their office staff?
I strongly encourage all physicians
in the area to join PATC. This partnership allows for greater services
for patients than can be provided by any one physician or practice alone.
We all have the ability and desire to help those in our community,
but we often lack the means. The more people can read and hear about PATC
the better; keep up the good work!
"Words are not enough to express my gratefulness and
appreciation for what PATC has done to help me. I was diagnosed several
months ago with a torn rotator cuff. The diagnosis came after more than a
year of pain in my shoulder and arm, loss of function, and many, many
At the time of her diagnosis, "June" was 58 years old,
living in Arlington with her daughter and grandson. She was an
employee at Walmart but says that, "I did not have healthcare
coverage nor the financial ability to get the medical attention to fix my
shoulder. I thought that I was doomed because with my condition, I
knew that I would not be able to do my job; I would not be able to care
for myself; and my lifestyle would spiral down. In a nutshell, the
results would be devastating for me and my family. But PATC was
heaven sent. I was referred to Dr. Jay Pond, who has operated on my
shoulder and provided medical care with his staff, including physical
therapy." Dr. Pond is an orthopedic surgeon at the Arlington
Orthopedics Associates, P.A. and has been a volunteer with PATC since
June was referred to PATC by Mission Arlington, which provides a
free-of-charge medical clinic, one of the few resources of its kind in
Arlington. The clinic has seen to the medical and spiritual needs
of the indigent people of Arlington for over 20 years. They provide
quality medical care as well as education to promote long-term
health. This fits in well with PATC's vision that all Tarrant
County residents have a medical home and access to a continuum of
care. By the end of June's enrollment in PATC, she was established
at Mission Arlington for all of her primary care needs.
"My experience with PATC is one that I will never forget,
and forever cherish. It is one of those experiences in life that
restores one's faith in humanity and in the goodness in the world.
The staff at PATC was helpful, courteous, communicative, and
professional. They explained all the steps in detail. I was
treated with respect and dignity. I was connected with the physician
expeditiously. Dr. Pond and his staff were cordial, professional,
knowledgeable, and caring. I am such a believer in the program and
to the vast value it provides the community. I plan to volunteer as
soon as I get better so I can give back and be able to participate in
contributing to the community and be a positive influence in somebody's
life, just as PATC was in my life. Not one day passes by without me
praying for PATC staff and all the collaborators who make this world a
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PATC / Tarrant County
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