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.
ALERT - Date: 4/15/2016
Join us the evening of June 2 for
our Happy Hour event at Live Oak on Magnolia.
The proceeds of this event will go
Access Tarrant County,
Cataract Clinic, and Community
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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%
PATC / Tarrant County
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