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  • A 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. 





    Target Population

    1. Individuals residing in Tarrant County
    2. Uninsured (including Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, JPS Connection, or VA Benefits)
    3. Income at or below 200% of Federal Poverty Line (FPL)
    4. Working poor, or the alleviation of a health condition would allow them to work (i.e. vocational impediment)


    Project Access Provides the following services:

      Donated Medical Services (Project Access Tarrant County)

    • Establish medical homes/primary care physician (PCP) for each patient
    • Physician Specialists visits/access
    • Hospital access for operations and procedures
    • Ancillary services: anesthesia, laboratory, pathology, and radiology services


    Care Coordination (In Partnership with Catholic Charities)

    • Case management
    • Navigation services for accessing public benefits
    • Transportation
    • Translation
    • Financial education
    • Pharmacy benefits enrollment 



    Specialties Available for PATC Patients


    Cardiovascular Disease

    Colon & Rectal Surgery







    General Surgery

    Orthopedic Surgery



    Physical Med & Rehab

    Vascular Med & Surgery



    Hand Surgery

    Allergy & Immunology



    Conditions That Cannot Be Addressed

    Chemotherapy & Cancer



    Emergency Medicine

    Serious Psychiatric Issues

    Substance Abuse








    Remember Why You Became a Physician

    The American Medical Association principles of medical ethics states:


    "A physician shall recognize a responsibility to participate in activities contributing to an improved community."


    However, finding viable outlets that serve the community effectively can be difficult.  This is why the concept of PATC is so wonderful:

    •Project Access Tarrant County acknowledges, quantifies, and coordinates physician and health care provider charity care, and spreads that care as equitably as possible.

    •Project Access Tarrant County makes it easier for physicians who are already caring for the uninsured to better manage and coordinate care.

    Physicians 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. 

    Physician Quotes

    Paul Cho, MD, Neurological Surgery

    Dr. 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.”

    Michelle Marcincuk, MD, Otolaryngologist

    “Working 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

    “I 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.”

    D. Luke Shellenberger, MD, Otolaryngologist

    “I 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 massive.”

    Jim Norman, MD, General Surgeon

    “The 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.”

    If 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. 





    If you can’t participate, please donate!






    For further opportunities to give to Project Access Tarrant County, please visit the following pages: 


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    We would like to recognize the organizations responsible for funding PATC, partnering with PATC, and those physician groups whose practices have 100% physician participation.




    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, December 15, 2014

    Donor Bridge

    Charity Motors





    Colonial Country Club, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, and the PGA Tour

    Award Grant to Project Access!



    Pictured above, from left to right are Chuck Scherer, Colonial Club President; James S. Cox, MD, Medical Director of PATC; Kathryn Narumiya, Program Manager of PATC; and Bobby Patton, Tournament Chairman.



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    Link Your REMARKABLE/REWARD CARD to Support

    Project Access Tarrant County

    (Search for PATC under Tarrant County Academy of Medicine)


    We are excited to announce that we have joined Randall's/Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Program!  If you shop at Tom Thumb and have a rewards card, you can link that Rewards card to our number and Project Access Tarrant County will receive 1% of your total purchases every quarter.  You don't have to do anything differently, just shop!

    If you are interested in linking your Remarkable/Reward Card to PATC's Good Neighbor Account Number (13306), let us know and we will fill out the required forms for you.  If you wish to do it yourself, fill out a Charity Addition/Deletion form found at and turn it into the courtesy booth at any Randall's or Tom Thumb store.

    Donate through PayPal on the PATC website

    Use AmazonSmile when shopping on Amazon (Search under Tarrant County Academy of Medicine)

    Write a review of Project Access on Great NonProfits website



    Updated Website

    For more information on the great things that Project Access is doing and to learn how to become involved, please visit our NEW and IMPROVED website here





    Michael McCullough, DO, Gynecologist


    Dr. McCullough's office is warm and welcoming with family pictures hanging on the walls and sitting on the shelves.  It only takes a glance to see that hunting and fishing are real passions of his.  I quickly learn after asking the usual opening question, "where are you originally from?" that he is in fact from Oklahoma, since the age of 1 (he was born in Las Vegas, NV), where he was raised on a ranch 35 miles from Tulsa.  He was on the back of a horse nearly every day of his early life, working the cattle as ranchers do.  Dr. McCullough tells me that his father was a dentist by necessity and a rancher at heart.  His mother was a housewife and both of them were very influential in his life.  One man in particular, Jerry Hurst, a college professor at his alma mater of Oklahoma State University, was especially influential by his encouragement and faith.  "He is the reason I am here today.  He told me that medicine is where I need to be."  In college, Dr. McCullough majored in Physiology and went on to pursue a graduate degree.  Initially, he to attend vet school but decided otherwise when he realized that vets have a harder time financially.  "People can't afford what you are trained to do," states Dr. McCullough.  If you have ever taken your animal to the vet, you know what he means.

    When asked how he decided to go into obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. McCullough says, "I really only like working with women.  I love their problems and their issues.  I love that they will come talk to you and tell you what's going on, sometimes too much!"  He laughs good naturally at that last comment.  He genuinely cares about each and every patient as he sits with each woman to discuss all of her issues, not just the symptoms.  He receives great satisfaction from knowing that he has helped fix her problem.

    Dr. McCullough has volunteered every Wednesday for the past 18 years at the Bob Mann Medical Clinic of Mission Arlington , a Christian based charitable clinic that has served the area for almost 30 years.  Many patients have come through the clinic throughout the years who do not have access to medical care but are in need of surgery.  Before PATC came into existence, Dr. McCullough had to work hard to convince a hospital to allow him to do the surgery without compensation.  He was successful at times but most often, one surgery a year was all he could do.  When PATC was presented to him and fellow OBGYN's at a Fort Worth OBGYN Society meeting back in 2011, Dr. McCullough signed up.  It was a natural transition.  "It was a little bit of a relief that maybe some of these people could get treated who ordinarily would not be able to be treated.  I needed to be a part of that."

    I ask him if he feels that PATC is easy, accessible, and efficient for him and his office staff.  "Surprisingly so," he says.  "We've just had no problem.  Once a patient qualifies for PATC, the process is smooth and never problematic.  There are a lot of places out there that do not run as effectively as PATC.  And we are always trying to see if Mission Arlington patients will qualify for PATC."

    The patients who are sent to our physician volunteers have usually been suffering for a while.  "These people are devastated with their problems," says Dr. McCullough.  One PATC patient in particular stands out in Dr. McCullough's mind.  She was 35 years old, mother to five young children, and had been suffering from a fistula.  "It's horrible and debilitating.  Typically, these are things I wouldn't operate on but I told her that I would if we could get her approved for PATC.  It was a super successful closer of the fistula.  I have probably never impacted a person like I was able to impact her."

    We are so grateful for  Dr. McCullough's service to both Mission Arlington and to PATC.  We appreciate his dedication to helping those in need.  PATC needs 100 more like him and our other physician volunteers!  Dr. McCullough agrees that the more doctors involved, the better.  "It would be great to get more bodies involved," he says.



    Ms. Roberts is the kind of person who walks into a room and fills it up with personality and laughter.  As wife to a pastor at Grace Devine Tabernacle and mother to a 19, 18, 7, and 3 year old, she is used to doing the welcoming and comforting.  In this case, however, it was her turn to be comforted and assured that everything is going to be alright. 

    Not too long ago, Meletre discovered a suspicious bump on her head.  When it did not go away but continued to grow and become very painful, she decided to go to Urgent Care.  When they could not give her an answer, she scraped up the money to visit her sister's primary care physician.  She was told it was mole and nothing to worry about.  However, the "mole" became so painful that she did not even have to touch it to know it was there.  She was unable to brush her hair.  It became very visible and an embarrassment.  Running out of options, Meletre went to Al-Shifa, a clinic that offers free preventative education and medical care to the indigent population of Dallas and Fort Worth, where they decided it was not a mole and needed to be removed.  Al-Shifa is one of the many charitable clinics that makes referrals to Project Access, so they knew exactly where to send Meletre.

    Meletre was connected to Laura Morris, MD, a dermatologist and PATC Physician Volunteer since April of 2013.  "Awesome!" was her response to when asked about her feelings on how PATC helped her.  "For me, it was an answer to prayer.  It will give me a sense of freedom and confidence.  I am thankful for Project Access.  You just don't understand the impact you are having on people."  PATC is grateful to Dr. Morris for her continued care of this patient as we await the results of the test.  


                          See PATC patients' stories on our YouTube Channel by clicking here!


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    Phone: (817) 632-7531 | Fax: (817) 632-7532 | Email:






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