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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.









    NEWS ALERT - Date: 4/15/2016

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    Join us the evening of June 2 for our Happy Hour event at Live Oak on Magnolia.

    The proceeds of this event will go to Project Access Tarrant County,

    Cornerstone Cataract Clinic, and Community Eye Clinic.




    Jeffrey Applewhite, MD, of Urology Associates, has been a practicing physician for 15 years and has been a Physician Volunteer for Project Access Tarrant County since 2013.  Dr. Applewhite is one of the many doctors at Urology Associates who have given of their time and practice to diligently help PATC patients.  Dr. Applewhite has treated six PATC patients, some of whom he referred directly to PATC.


    One PATC patient seen by Dr. Applewhite recalls how much pain he was in before he was seen.  "Mr. Garza had a long history of kidney stones, UTIs, etc. Due to the pain, the patient limped and was unable to work. At that time his wife even had to stay home to take care of him. He had to urinate dozens of times a day and every time it was intolerable pain."  After taking treatment by Dr. Applewhite, he was able to get back to work to help provide for his family.  Mr. Garza is very appreciative of Dr. Applewhite and the care he received.


    Dr. Applewhite says, "PATC has been a tremendous resource for some of my patients with complex stone disease.  Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for patients with limited access to care to be faced with larger and more complex kidney stones.  Without necessary procedures, these patients are at risk for serious complications such as sepsis and renal failure.  With the assistance from PATC, these patients are able to achieve the quality care they deserve.  That is why I have chosen to work with PATC."





    Lydia, age 44, has struggled with methorrhagia for five years.  She is single and works full-time at a maintenance company.  She had gone to the emergency room five times over the past five years because her pain would get as high as a level 8.  While she had transportation and some understanding of English, being uninsured and having lack of funds hindered her getting the necessary medical care that she needed.   The methorrhagaia also caused her to have to stay home from work, which in turn caused her to be behind on paying her bills.


    Cornerstone Clinic referred Lydia to Project Access.  Lori Akins, MD, performed her hysterectomy at Baylor All Saints Hospital.  Lydia said that everyone who helped with her treatment was very friendly and she would like thank them for all the attention she was given.  Their kindness affected her so much that she did not feel like she was treated any different from paying patients. 


    Lydia is still in recovery but is doing well and is relieved that she will not be having the same problem anymore.  She is hopeful for a 100% recovery.


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    PATC / Tarrant County Academy of Medicine | 555 Hemphill St. | Fort Worth, TX 76104 |
    Phone: (817) 632-7531 | Fax: (817) 632-7532 | Email:













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