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)
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, September 15, 2014
Texas Giving Day is this Thursday!
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to Project Access!
Come join us
for a free burritos, donated in part by Joe T. Garcia's, and coffee
to kick start a day of giving!
Thursday, November 18, 2014
Academy, The Tarrant County Medical Society Building
Hemphill Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104
If you wish
to make a donation to Project Access Tarrant County, we will provide
tablets to use as you are getting your burrito.
We hope to
see everyone there!
information on the great things that Project Access is doing and to
learn how to become involved, please visit our NEW and IMPROVED
Samuelson, MD, OTO, HNS
Todd E. Samuelson, MD, an
otolaryngologist in Fort Worth, has been a volunteer physician with
Project Access for almost seven months and has already seen five
patients in need of ENT services. To him "it's no big
deal" to help out those in need.
Dr. Samuelson's introduction
to medicine was growing up in Galveston with his father who was a
Lutheran minister turned neurosurgeon. Dr. Samuelson did not
set off to college wanting to be a doctor though. His heart was
set on wanting to become a History teacher; however, he found that
his skills led him towards math and the thorough enjoyment of science
and biology. He did not want to pursue a PhD in math and in his
words, "medical school was less expensive than the other
options." After receiving his undergraduate degree at
Dartmouth, he returned to Texas and completed his medical degree at
the University of Tesxas Medical Branch in Glaveston. He
performed his internship and residency in Galveston before settling
down in Fort Worth with his wife and children. Being an ENT is
fascinating for Dr. Samuelson because he gets to work with so many
different areas of the body and even more importantly to him is the
fact that being an ENT "allows me to be a dad."
Dr. Samuelson has long since
stopped worrying about who can and cannot pay. He says, "I
try and treate them the same. I am not going to change the way
I treate them based on what I think they may or may not be able to
afford." When asked why he said yes to volunteering with
PATC, he stated that, "I wanted to give back to the community
and help out. I wanted to support the Texas Medical Society and
The Tarrant County Medical Society. There are a lot of folks in
these organizations who work very hard and give a lot to phyisicans;
they don't get write ups, they just do these things. I just
wanted to support people." One of his favorite PATC
patients was a woman who had a very large thyroid tumor. He
said of the surgery that it was not a big deal but he was touched
that "she was so appreciative and so thankful that I would do
that." He smiles as remembers her saying she would bring
"To a certain extent,
physicians are put into this box where they are stressed out,
fighting to offer care for their patients. There is alot
of negativity displayed out there but also a lot of kindness being
done by good people. Its good to get outside of the box to do
something that is very good and kind. It is refreshing to be in
contact with positivity."
Living in Tarrant County is
such a blessing. If you have health care, it is a great place
to be due to the plethora of quality resources available. If
you do not have health insurance, there are still many quality
resources available compared to other parts of the United States and
the world. We emphasize working as a community often in these
spotlights because every story of a patient that goes through Project
Access is filled with many players from charitable clinics,
caseworkers, physicians, hospitals, and so on. (Pictured from
left to right are Kathryn Narumiya, Program Manager of PATC; Barbara,
patient; and Neneh Wurie, PATC caseworker.)
Barbara came to the United
States from Jamaica in the 1980s on a Visa after being diagnosed with
an enlarged heart. She speaks with a soft voice and you can
still hear the Jamaican accent even after 30 years. When asked
about her experience with Project Access, she says, "I thank God
for Project Access. Without it, I wouldn't be able to
see." Along with dealing with an enlarged heart, Barbara
developed diabetes in 2009 and cataracts in both eyes a couple of
years later. At the time, she was receiving primary care from
Mission Arlington and she was also frequenting the emergency
department on a monthly basis for her various conditions. When
her cataracts began to severely affect her vision, she was sent to
the Community Eye Clinic. She was without insurance,
unemployed, and a resident of Tarrant County, so she was referred and
enrolled in Project Access. Barbara was connected to Shanna
Brown, MD, an ophthalmologist with Fort Worth Eye Associates.
Barbara says of Dr. Brown, "She was just a beautiful
person. She treated me with kindness. She was just so
humble and treated me like a princess, a queen." After her
surgery, Barbara told us that "I thought that I could count the
grains of sand on the ground. It was so beautiful after three
years of not being able to see. It changed my life 100% and
more. I can sew, thread a needle, and see things again."
PATC is so thankful for the people
we can call on like Dr. Shanna Brown and the Community Eye Clinic, to
help patients like Barbara.
Barbara's and other PATC patient's stories on our new YouTube Channel
PATC / Tarrant
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In just five
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