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.
ALERT - Date: 05/16/2016
1992, a growing church in North Richland Hills wanted to help the
homeless. Out of that desire to help the needs of the people, Cornerstone
Assistance Network (CAN) was started as an independent 501(c)3. The
mission continues to be "Working with others in Christian love to meet
the needs of people." Over the past 24 years, CAN has continued to
evolve and provide the unmet needs of Tarrant County by developing unique
2010, Alcon Pharmaceuticals approached CAN about an ever-increasing need
for cataract care for the working poor. Alcon had been providing products
to physicians around the world for free cataract care for many years;
however, Alcon saw a need for cataract care here in its own backyard. So
in 2010, the development of CAN Cataract Clinic began in partnership with
Alcon Pharmaceuticals. The Cataract Clinic is part of the already
existing free clinic at Cornerstone that is staffed by volunteer
physicians and nurses from Tarrant County. The majority of those
physicians were referred by Project Access Tarrant County.
the assistance of Dr. Glenn Strauss, a mission-dedicated physician,
Cornerstone began the redesign of clinic space to model local cataract
centers. Thanks to generous donations from many sources, the
infrastructure and construction of the new area was completed. The
Cataract Clinic has state of the art equipment provided by Alcon, and
several other organizations provide supplies and needed medications.
December of 2012, the first two patients received free cataract care at
Cornerstone. Project Access Tarrant County used their resources to
actively market the new clinic. In 2013, Dr. Ann Ranelle came on board as
a Project Access ophthalmologist. From that point, the ophthalmology
staff has grown to over fifteen physicians throughout the state and one
from Oklahoma who still carries a Texas medical license.
and partnerships continue to be the driving force of the clinic. In May
of 2011, the opening of the Community Eye Clinic allowed CAN Cataract
Clinic to have comprehensive eye exams for their referrals. This
partnership remains an integral part of the process to provide
highly-skilled procedures for the patients.
Cataract Clinic receives referrals from around the state. The referrals
are often the middle-aged worker who is about to lose his or her job
because his or her vision is severely impaired by cataracts. John, a
30-year-old truck driver from Louisiana was first seen in Cornerstone's
Emergency Services. John had been a volunteer firefighter in Louisiana,
and his eyes were exposed to a chemical fire. John developed a very dense
cataract that kept him from renewing his truck driver license. John ended
up living on a church parking lot in a donated pop up trailer. He was
provided free room and board for cleaning the church property. After
John's cataract procedure and recovery, he passed his driver's test. He
now is driving a truck and living independently. There are many stories
of the lives affected by cataracts. Cornerstone continues with the aide
of great partners like Project Access and Community Eye Clinic to perform
about 75 procedures each year.
Join us at Live
Oak June 2 at our second annual Come-and-Go Happy Hour from 5-7 PM
Eye Clinic Fort Worth
, and Project Access Tarrant County. Come mix
and mingle, enjoy sips and appetizers, and enter to win a Jaguar for a
day! Please contact Kathryn Narumiya, Project Manager of Project
Access Tarrant County at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are interested in attending.
is 40 years old, has been married for fourteen years, and has two
children, ages thirteen and seven. He has had issue with his ears since
childhood, ranging from ear infections, throbbing sensation in his ears,
dizzy spells, and frequent headaches. He also suffered from
allergies. His family knew about his health issues and asked him to
find care; however, he felt hopeless trying to afford the treatment he
to the recurrent infections, his ear drum was eventually damaged. Arturo
had visited the emergency room for his health issues but had not been to
the surgery he needed. Open Arms Health Clinic referred Arturo to Project
Access. The patient was connected to Ricardo Cristobal, MD, who
performed his surgery at Baylor All Saints Medical Center. Dr.
Cristobal was surprised that Arturo could still hear after all the damage
to his ear drums since his surgery. Arturo's dizzy spells,
throbbing sensations, and frequent headaches have stopped. Even his
allergies are gone. He cheerfully says "I sure don't miss
them." His family is now happy at his huge improvements.
he had not enrolled in PATC, Arturo knows he would still be having ear
problems. He says, "No one does favors like this, especially not
surgery. It's too expensive." He states he is very thankful
for Dr. Cristobal who repaired his ear drum and who has followed his care
for the past year. Arturo states, "Whole heartedly; I would
like to thank everyone involved. I hope God blesses you and continues to
help you all."
PATC / Tarrant County
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