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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 







    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.





    PATC e-newsletter  Monday, September 15, 2014

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    North Texas Giving Day is this Thursday!

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    North Texas Giving Day is an online giving event that provides nonprofits the opportunity to gain exposure to-and start relationships with-new donors, and for people in North Texas to come together to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits.

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    On September 18th, please go to our page here

    and donate 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!

    When: Thursday, November 18, 2014

    Time: 6:00AM to 8:00AM

    Where: The Academy, The Tarrant County Medical Society Building

    Address: 555 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!



    Updated Website


    For more information on the great things that Project Access is doing and to learn how to become involved, please visit our NEW and IMPROVED website here







    Todd E. 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 him food.


    "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.



    See Barbara's and other PATC patient's stories on our new YouTube Channel here



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    Phone: (817) 632-7531 | Fax: (817) 632-7532 | Email:






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    In just five years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $60 million into the North Texas community. In 2013, more than 75,000 gifts totaling $25.2 million, benefiting more than 1,350 nonprofits.


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