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 Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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Shanna Brown, MD,
Shanna Brown, MD, an Ophthalmologist with Fort
Worth Eye Associates, is one amazingly giving physician. She has a
beautiful family with another one on the way. She says that working
as an Ophthalmologist gives her, "the opportunity to directly change people's
lives. When we bless others, we are blessed also."
Dr. Brown was raised in the church, encouraged
throughout childhood by spiritually led mentors and especially encouraged by
her mother, who she says was the biggest influence of her younger years.
She was always drawn to science, specifically chemistry, and wanted to be
a pharmacist upon entering college at Prairie View A&M. Because
of her personable character however, she was urged to attend medical
school. The Ohio State University is where Dr. Brown found her
calling. At the same time she was completing medical school, her husband
was in school to be an optometrist. She would attend some of his classes
with him and found out that Ophthalmology as a field of medicine existed.
She realized that as an Ophthalmologist, she would be able to keep a
schedule that is family friendly; a fact that she genuinely appreciated because
of her role as not only student and wife, but also as mom. "This is
perfect!" she said about making her decision, "I can change people's
lives, still have a family, and still pursue being a doctor." More
than anything, though, she "fell in love with the fact that you can change
someone's life with a 15 to 30 minute surgery."
Today, Dr. Brown is a PATC volunteer physician thanks
to word of mouth from other PATC volunteers. She said that when she found
out about Project Access, "I thought that was the most awesome
thing! You can't say no to becoming involved and there was no way I could
turn down Project Access. The whole reason I am here is to help
people." And help she does. Barbara, a PATC patient seen by
Dr. Brown, needed cataract surgery on both eyes. Dr. Brown says of the
experience, "Ms. Forbes is so sweet. She came out beautifully.
She was just a joy to see in the office." Dr. Brown's hope is to
give everyone the same great vision. For Ms. Forbes and other patients'
surgeries, Dr. Brown explains, "I haven't had to jump through any hoops to
see these patients. The flow of which PATC operates is a blessing to us
and to the patients."
When prompted as to how he was injured, Christian says that he is not sure. It could have been a car accident where he was rear ended. It could have been from lifting heavy boxes and objects, like 18-wheeler tires at work. All he knew was that over a three-year period, the pain steadily escalated to the point where he could not longer sit, stand, or lay down without feeling excruciating pain. When he did stand, he tended to lean to the right as to relieve the pain he felt on his left side and, eventually, it became very hard to straighten at all. Christian continued to work despite his debilitating condition in order to care for his family until it became impossible.
In an attempt to diagnose the problem,
Christian began visiting the emergency departments around Tarrant County.
He was given medication to treat the swelling but the diagnosis went no
further. He was finally connected to a specialist who diagnosed him with
a herniated disc with compression on a nerve root. As much of a relief as
this was to know problem and the solution, he was quoted $20,000 to
complete the surgery. Instead, he decided to take option B,
injections. He was able to afford the first one of $1,100 because his
family had just received their income tax check for the year. It did not
alleviate the problem or the pain and he quickly ran out of money. He had
come to an impasse. As so many PATC patients have said in the past,
Christian states, "I was stuck." He considered going out to
California to have the surgery done at a discounted price at a teaching hospital;
however, before that option was played out, his parents told him about their
conversation with another couple at Bible Study. Project Access might be
Christian was connected to Paul Cho, MD, a
neurological surgeon here in Fort Worth and also a Project Access Physician
Volunteer. "Dr. Cho said that I was too young to go on like this and
I needed surgery." Although Christian was grateful that the
surgery was going to happen, he was still scared. He says of Dr. Cho,
"He is very nice and very good. Dr. Cho motivated and cheered me
when he would reassure me that everything would be okay." Christian
had misconceptions about what would be done to his back during the
surgery. He imagined screws being drilled into his spine. Dr. Cho
took the time to thoroughly explain what the procedure would look like.
Now, after completion of his back surgery,
Christian does not feel frustration anymore. He is still taking it easy
on his back and will be returning to work after Dr. Cho gives the all clear at
his next appointment. When asked how Project Access changed his life, he
says, "I am thankful that Dr. Cho and the program helped me.
Those are only a few words to describe my feelings; otherwise, I would be here
See PATC patients' stories on our new YouTube
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