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, November 17, 2014
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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 www.randalls.com
and turn it into the courtesy booth at any Randall's or Tom Thumb
PayPal on the PATC
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DO, General Surgeon
"I look at success as
having the privilege to help someone who has no relationship to you
and the relationship is not monetarily motivated. I always look
for opportunities to do something for the community. So to me,
Project Access was the perfect opportunity."
Dr. Saad tells me about being
born and raised in Lebanon. Growing up, his family did not have
much money. His father worked hard, trying his hand at
several business ventures along the way. His mother was a
homemaker and spent her time raising Dr. Saad and his eleven brothers
and sisters. "You never feel alone," he says
of growing up with that many siblings. "If you ever
need anything, they are there to help. It really feels
As a child in Lebanon, Dr.
Saad experienced an accident that landed him in the hospital for
several months. When they realized they could not care for him
properly, Dr. Saad was sent to Dallas where some of his brothers were
already living to receive treatment. His stint in the hospital
would have a profound influence on his life as a doctor.
After high school in Lebanon,
Dr. Saad came back to Texas for good to attend the University of
Texas at Houston and earn his degree in Chemistry. He attended
medical school in Fort Worth and, after completing his fellowship
down in Houston, Dr. Saad decided to make Fort Worth his home.
Dr. Saad chuckles when asked
what his favorite thing is about being a general surgeon: "If
you had asked me this question ten years ago, it would be a
different answer. It has changed. It is so demanding
now." One thing has not changed though; gratification of
helping a patient. He explains, "What I really like about
general surgery is the immediate result when helping patients.
The gratification is really, really immense. When you see a
patient, whether it is for cancer or general surgery issues, you can
see the results within days. The patient sees it, the family
can see it." I asked him if this is the reason he chose
medicine in the first place. He responded by explaining that
the initial reason was greatly influenced by examples of the doctors
who cared for him as a child, who lived out their lives through
volunteerism. One doctor in particular named Dr. Llano was a
physican with Doctors Without Borders.
Dr. Saad has been with PATC
from the beginning in 2011. He has seen and treated around 16
patients, many who have hernias which are a very common ailment for
many of our patients. Some have lived with their hernia for
years. "Patients are very afraid to go to the hospital
when they do not have the means," says Dr. Saad.
"Project Access makes it easier for them to say, 'I have a
problem and it needs to be fixed.' Project Access takes away
the fear." Such was the case for Dr. Saad's favorite
patient who neglected his hernia for so long that it grew to be
life-hindering. The patient was so grateful to Dr. Saad that he
hand made a sculpture to give as a thank you. "He never
stops thanking me,' says Dr. Saad. "Every time he visits
his home country, he brings me something. We started a
relationship that became a friendship."
"No one can do everything
but everyone can do something. The needs for any community can
be fulfilled if eveyone helps. I hope more general surgeons
will be on board with Project Access."
I am visiting Catholic
Charities for the day to sit in on an intake with Claudia Munoz, one
of Project Access's caseworkers, and Ruth, a 61 year old woman who is
a newly established PATC patient. We convene in a small room to
discuss the details of her qualifications. Ruth has learned a
little English in her 13 years of living in Fort Worth but is more
comfortable with speaking in her native tongue, so Claudia translates
I asked Ruth a little about her
background and she tells me that she is originally from Guadalajara
but was raised and lived in Mexico City until she moved to Fort
Worth. She has not visited since moving here, largely in part
because she does not have time for much else besides taking care of
her 90 year old mother and working. When she started having
pains that made her nauseous and put her out of commission for four
days, she knew she had to go see her primary care physician.
She was already seeing him for her thyroid issues. He
ordered a CT scan and found that Ruth had "Porcelain
Gallbladder" as well as an unusual mass. Dr. Cartwright
told Ruth that she should have the mass checked out because it could
be cancerous. She had just learned about Project Access from
her church, Immaculate Heart of Mary and asked Dr. Cartwright to
refer her to Project Acces.
Ruth is so sweet and kind as we
go through her intake. She has a beautiful smile and smiles
often. In her broken English, she says the reason for her smile
is, "I had no other option before I heard about Project Access.
I have security in knowing that there are people who are trying
to help me."
Currently, Kathryn Narumiya,
the Program Manager of Project Access, is working on connecting Ruth
to a general surgeon to see about her gallbladder. "This
is an unusual case for PATC," says Kathryn of Ruth's
situation. "Fortunately, PATC is full of volunteer
physicians who do not hesitate to take on the unknown, even if it is
an uncompensated case. Though PATC does not provide cancer
care, we are glad that we are able to assist with this part of the
patient's care and, if further oncology treatment becomes necessary,
we are fortunate to have knowledge of many resources availabe for
As the intake comes to an end,
Ruth leaves us with a bit of inspiration and acceptance of her
situation when she says, "Thanks be to God that I found out
about Project Access. I hope it isn't cancer but I will go from
here if that is where God wants me. Otherwise, He will provide
the answer to let me stay."
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PATC / Tarrant
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