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.
PATC e-newsletter Tuesday, February 17, 2015
We would like to thank PMR
Charity for their generous donation to PATC! We are very
grateful for their partnership in this community and for the ways in
which they are assisting those in need around Tarrant County.
We would also like to thank the TMA
Foundation for awarding PATC with a $7000 grant. It is
being put to good use and we are so grateful for a great start to
Cowboy Chicken Night!
March 26, 2015
Time: 5:00PM -
Chicken on Overton Ridge
Why: When you eat
at Cowboy Chicken on March 26th, a percentage of total sales for that
night will be donated to PATC!
Motivation: The higher the
sales, the larger the percentage donated to PATC! Not to
mention that Cowboy Chicken has been making deliciously healthy
rotisserie chicken and sides made from scratch daily, since 1981!
IN THIS NEW
YOU CAN HELP
ACCESS TARRANT COUNTY IN ONE OF THE
Your REMARKABLE/REWARD CARD to Support
Access Tarrant County
for PATC under Tarrant County Academy of Medicine)
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
information on the great things that Project Access is doing and to
learn how to become involved, please visit our NEW and IMPROVED
Omar Selod, DO, a Physical
Medicine & Rehabilitation physician in Tarrant County has been a
very welcomed addition to Project Access since he joined in October
of 2013. As a PMR physician, compassion and optimism are
"must have's" in his line of duty. Dr. Selod says,
"A rehab doctor has to have a positive outlook so that patients
feel inspired and motivated to get better."
This attitude is what seems to
drive Dr. Selod's caring soul to dedicate himself not only to the
practice he shares with his father, Farooq Selod, MD, and Lan Le, DO,
who is also a volunteer physician with Project Access, but to also
volunteer his time as the director of PMR Charity. Founded in
2003, PMR Charity works to meet the medical needs for patients who
are unable to access prohibitively costly medical supplies and
services. These grants include but are not limited to,
assistance with rent and utility bills, mortgage, COBRA payments, and
medical supplies. Already this month, PMR Charity has approved
a grant for $1320 to help with a couple's rent and utilities for the
month, while they are both battling cancer. In other cases,
they have helped our own PATC patients to buy medical equipment like
hearing aids and orthopedic shoes. Their organization is certainly
unique and due to flexibility in eligibility, they are able to help
many different kinds of people.
Completely run by volunteers,
in 2014, PMR Charity approved over $135,000 in grants to patients in
need, as well as other charitable organizations in North Texas.
They promised on Facebook to donate $1000 to a local charitable
organization once they reached 1,000 Likes. PATC was the
recipient of their generosity and we are so grateful to have the
support of this group. When asked about PMR Charity's
relationship with PATC, Dr. Selod remarks, "Project Access is
amazing in its ability to bring all physicians and hospitals together
to work towards a common goal, patient care. Project Access is
able to offer patients services that no other charity in town can,
including surgery and access to the top physicians in our field
today; all the while, treating patients with the utmost respect and
dignity. PMR Charity is comprised of an amazing group of
volunteers that is spear headed so unselfishly by its generous
board. Both organizations are committed to helping those in
need. They will do whatever is necessary to help the patient
and their families get back to life as normal."
To learn more about PMR Charity
and to support its mission, please click
here. To help them reach their new goal of 2,000 Likes on
above: PATC crew at 2014 Annual PMR Charity Golf Tournament at
Waterchase Golf Course.
Project Access Tarrant County,
for all practical purposes, was created to help patients receive
medical care when they cannot afford it. It is mean to decrease
the unnecessary utilization of the ED and to help patients return to
work. PATC also provides less tangible results for the patient
by taking away fear of navigating the health care system, regaining
their dignity, and rejoining their families in living life.
Maria Ruiz spoke with us about
getting her life and dignity back after receiving surgery for her
prolapsed bladder. She is an instructor at a cosmetology school
which requires standing most of the day. She is also mother to
four children, the youngest being three. She said the worst
thing about dealing with her condition is that she could not play
with or hold her children. She lived with the growing
discomfort of her bladder for three years before she found out about
Project Access. She had all but lost her job and was not able
to do any sort of physical activity for more than a few minutes at a
time. She immediately grabbed onto the life line that Project
Access handed to her and had surgery done. With the service and
skills from both Michael McCullough, MD and Michael England, MD, both
gynecologists and volunteer physicians with PATC, Maria is finally
seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. "The doctors
went above and beyond with tests and screening," Maria
says. She is most thankful that she can be a mother again to
her children now that she is back to work.
She tells Diana Bonilla, PATC
caseworker, of how grateful she is to Diana and to everyone;
"Depression became a part of my vocabulary as I thought that I
would never find a solution. Now, I feel like dancing, walking,
and playing with daughter; I can laugh out loud and love getting up
in the morning. I don't feel that load any longer that I had
been carrying around. I am a new person and feel alive again.
From the bottom of mine and my family's heart, we want to thank
God above heaven and all the doctors, hospitals and medical
facilities that donate their time and knowledge to individuals like
me. I know that there are a lot more people with needs even
greater than mine, but thanks to PATC, Catholic Charities and Dr.
Michael R. McCullough, I can start to live a brand new life.
Thanks again from the bottom of my heart."
patients' stories on our YouTube Channel by clicking
PATC / Tarrant
County Academy of Medicine | 555 Hemphill St. | Fort Worth, TX 76104 | www.tcms.org
Phone: (817) 632-7531 | Fax: (817) 632-7532 | Email: email@example.com
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