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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. 

     

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    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


    Anesthesiology

    Cardiovascular Disease

    Colon & Rectal Surgery

    Dermatology

    Radiology

    Endocrinology

    Gastroenterology

    Gynecology

    Ophthalmology

    General Surgery

    Orthopedic Surgery

    Nephrology

    Otolaryngology

    Physical Med & Rehab

    Vascular Med & Surgery

    Urology

    Pulmonology

    Hand Surgery

    Allergy & Immunology

    Rheumatology


     

    Conditions That Cannot Be Addressed


    Chemotherapy & Cancer

    Dialysis

    Pregnancy

    Emergency Medicine

    Serious Psychiatric Issues

    Substance Abuse

    HIV/AIDS

     

     

     

     

    HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER

     

    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. 

    VOLUNTEER WITH PATC!

     

     

    DONATIONS

    If you can’t participate, please donate!

     

    DONATE TO PROJECT ACCESS!

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    For further opportunities to give to Project Access Tarrant County, please visit the following pages: 

     

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    PARTNER LIST

    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 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.

     


     

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    THANK YOUs

     

    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 this year!

     

     



     

    EVENTS 2015

     

    Cowboy Chicken Night!

     

    When: Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Time: 5:00PM - 9:00PM

    Where: Cowboy 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!   

     



     

     

    SUPPORT 2015

     

    IN THIS NEW YEAR, 

    YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT

    PROJECT ACCESS TARRANT COUNTY IN ONE OF THE

    FOLLOWING WAYS:

     

     

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    Link Your REMARKABLE/REWARD CARD to Support

    Project Access Tarrant County

    (Search 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 store.

     

     


     

     

     

     



     

     

    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

     

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    PMR Charity:

    Charitable Organization

     

    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 Facebook, click here!

     

    Pictured above: PATC crew at 2014 Annual PMR Charity Golf Tournament at Waterchase Golf Course.

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    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."  

     

    See PATC patients' stories on our YouTube Channel by clicking here!

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    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: knarumiya@tcms.org

     

     
     

     

     

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