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    Letter from the President

    Project Access Tarrant County is a procedure-oriented organization.  The need for these never ends.  Thanks to our volunteers, patients are receiving definitive help for their medical problems. 


    We have over 200 volunteer doctors who are available to pitch in to care for patients in their specialty.  This does not include the wonderful anesthesia, pathology, and radiology physician groups who have 100% participation.


    Twenty hospitals and surgery centers are allowing us to use their operating rooms to perform these necessary surgeries.  Obviously, these are critical to our mission.  I cannot say enough or thank them enough for this.


    Since 2011, PATC has enrolled almost 1,500 patients and completed just under 500 surgeries.  This translates into over $14 million in donated medical care.


    This means that a lot of people and their families are functioning better at their jobs and lives and are not using emergency departments to band aid their medical needs.  They are able to do things that they could not before.  This is because of our volunteers.  A hearty thank you to all.




    Jim Cox, MD





     Project Access Tarrant County is an 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 $10.5 million in donated healthcare access.  

    Approximately 1,000 patients have enrolled in PATC 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.  


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    All patients referred to PATC must provide medical records relating to their medical condition.  Most patients are referred by their medical home; however, records from emergency departments or another specialist. 

    In order to qualify for PATC, a patient must:  

    1. Reside in Tarrant County 
    2. Be uninsured (including Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, JPS Connection, or VA Benefits) 
    3. Fall at or below 200% of Federal Poverty Line (FPL) (See chart HERE 
    4. Must not qualify for services through the county hospital (JPS Connection) 


    Project Access assist with the following services: 

    • Establishment of medical homes/primary care physician (PCP) 
    • Physician Specialists visits/access 
    • Hospital access for operations and procedures 
    • Ancillary services: anesthesia, laboratory, pathology, and radiology services 
    • Case management 
    • Transportation 
    • Translation 
    • Referrals to agencies for additional services



    Conditions That Cannot Be Addressed 

    Chemotherapy & Cancer 



    Emergency Medicine 

    Serious Psychiatric Issues 

    Substance Abuse 


    Project Access Tarrant County

    FAQs for Volunteer Physicians


    How many patients do I have to see?

    As many or as few as you want! There are no minimum requirements. When you sign up to be a PATC physician volunteer, you indicate how many patients you would like to see per year. If/when you reach that number, PATC will not ask you to see another patient until the following calendar year. You can also chance your committed number at any time. You also always have the prerogative to decline to see a patient at any time.

    Where do I see PATC patients?

    Here’s one of the perks of volunteering with PATC: You see patients in the comfort of your own office. When a patient is in the need of your specialty, PATC staff will contact your office to schedule the patient as if they are any other patient. You will see them in your regular location during your regular day. You will have received all relevant medical records before the patient’s appointment.

    Where do PATC patients come from?

    Tarrant County is fortunately to have about a dozen free/lost-cost clinics scattered around our community. About 75 percent of PATC patients come from these clinics that serve as their medical homes. Other referral resources include area hospital emergency departments, private physicians, other healthcare nonprofits, and an increasing number of public referrals.

    Can PATC help with my patients?

    Absolutely! If you have an uninsured patient who you would like to refer to PATC, all you have to do is complete the patient referral form here <link>. Whether you want to refer for a surgery you are willing to perform, need the patient to see a different kind of specialist, or just need ancillary services, we will coordinate all of the patient’s needs so the onus does not fall on you or your staff. (Note: Physician referrals must follow the eligibility and specialty requirements here <link>).

    How do I get reimbursement?

    PATC is 100% based on volunteer physicians. There is no reimbursement. In PATC, no entities, including physicians, hospitals, imaging, anesthesia, and all ancillary care is donated for the patient. You will never be the “only” provider not receiving payment!


    How do I sign up?

    Just fill out the form here <link> and fax or email to PATC at or 817-632-7532. PATC staff will make contact with you for next steps. 


    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.
























    In 1992, a growing church in North Richland Hills wanted to help the homeless. Out of that desire to help the needs of the people, Cornerstone Assistance Network (CAN) was started as an independent 501(c)3. The mission continues to be "Working with others in Christian love to meet the needs of people." Over the past 24 years, CAN has continued to evolve and provide the unmet needs of Tarrant County by developing unique programs.  


    In 2010, Alcon Pharmaceuticals approached CAN about an ever-increasing need for cataract care for the working poor. Alcon had been providing products to physicians around the world for free cataract care for many years; however, Alcon saw a need for cataract care here in its own backyard. So in 2010, the development of CAN Cataract Clinic began in partnership with Alcon Pharmaceuticals.  The Cataract Clinic is part of the already existing free clinic at Cornerstone that is staffed by volunteer physicians and nurses from Tarrant County. The majority of those physicians were referred by Project Access Tarrant County.  


    With the assistance of Dr. Glenn Strauss, a mission-dedicated physician, Cornerstone began the redesign of clinic space to model local cataract centers. Thanks to generous donations from many sources, the infrastructure and construction of the new area was completed. The Cataract Clinic has state of the art equipment provided by Alcon, and several other organizations provide supplies and needed medications.  


    In December of 2012, the first two patients received free cataract care at Cornerstone. Project Access Tarrant County used their resources to actively market the new clinic. In 2013, Dr. Ann Ranelle came on board as a Project Access ophthalmologist. From that point, the ophthalmology staff has grown to over fifteen physicians throughout the state and one from Oklahoma who still carries a Texas medical license.  


    Networking and partnerships continue to be the driving force of the clinic. In May of 2011, the opening of the Community Eye Clinic allowed CAN Cataract Clinic to have comprehensive eye exams for their referrals. This partnership remains an integral part of the process to provide highly-skilled procedures for the patients.  


    CAN Cataract Clinic receives referrals from around the state. The referrals are often the middle-aged worker who is about to lose his or her job because his or her vision is severely impaired by cataracts. John, a 30-year-old truck driver from Louisiana was first seen in Cornerstone's Emergency Services. John had been a volunteer firefighter in Louisiana, and his eyes were exposed to a chemical fire. John developed a very dense cataract that kept him from renewing his truck driver license. John ended up living on a church parking lot in a donated pop up trailer. He was provided free room and board for cleaning the church property. After John's cataract procedure and recovery, he passed his driver's test. He now is driving a truck and living independently. There are many stories of the lives affected by cataracts. Cornerstone continues with the aide of great partners like Project Access and Community Eye Clinic to perform about 75 procedures each year.   


    Join us at Live Oak June 2 at our second annual Come-and-Go Happy Hour from 5-7 PM to benefit Cornerstone Cataract Clinic , Community Eye Clinic Fort Worth , and Project Access Tarrant County. Come mix and mingle, enjoy sips and appetizers, and enter to win a Jaguar for a day!  Please contact Kathryn Narumiya, Project Manager of Project Access Tarrant County at if you are interested in attending.  





    Arturo is 40 years old, has been married for fourteen years, and has two children, ages thirteen and seven. He has had issue with his ears since childhood, ranging from ear infections, throbbing sensation in his ears, dizzy spells, and frequent headaches.  He also suffered from allergies.  His family knew about his health issues and asked him to find care; however, he felt hopeless trying to afford the treatment he needed.  


    Due to the recurrent infections, his ear drum was eventually damaged.  Arturo had visited the emergency room for his health issues but had not been to the surgery he needed. Open Arms Health Clinic referred Arturo to Project Access.  The patient was connected to Ricardo Cristobal, MD, who performed his surgery at Baylor All Saints Medical Center.  Dr. Cristobal was surprised that Arturo could still hear after all the damage to his ear drums since his surgery.  Arturo's dizzy spells, throbbing sensations, and frequent headaches have stopped. Even his allergies are gone. He cheerfully says "I sure don't miss them."  His family is now happy at his huge improvements.  


    If he had not enrolled in PATC, Arturo knows he would still be having ear problems. He says, "No one does favors like this, especially not surgery.  It's too expensive." He states he is very thankful for Dr. Cristobal who repaired his ear drum and who has followed his care for the past year.  Arturo states, "Whole heartedly; I would like to thank everyone involved. I hope God blesses you and continues to help you all."   



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