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 Monday, December 15, 2014
Country Club, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, and the PGA Tour
Grant to Project Access!
Pictured above, from left to
right are Chuck Scherer, Colonial Club President; James S. Cox, MD,
Medical Director of PATC; Kathryn Narumiya, Program Manager of PATC;
and Bobby Patton, Tournament Chairman.
Christmas and Holiday Season, Help Support
PATC When You Shop!
Your REMARKABLE/REWARD CARD to Support
Access Tarrant County
for PATC under Tarrant County Academy of Medicine)
We are excited
to announce that we have joined Randall's/Tom Thumb Good Neighbor
Program! 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
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McCullough, DO, Gynecologist
Dr. McCullough's office is warm
and welcoming with family pictures hanging on the walls and sitting
on the shelves. It only takes a glance to see that hunting and
fishing are real passions of his. I quickly learn after asking
the usual opening question, "where are you originally
from?" that he is in fact from Oklahoma, since the age of 1 (he
was born in Las Vegas, NV), where he was raised on a ranch 35 miles
from Tulsa. He was on the back of a horse nearly every day of
his early life, working the cattle as ranchers do. Dr.
McCullough tells me that his father was a dentist by necessity and a
rancher at heart. His mother was a housewife and both of them
were very influential in his life. One man in particular, Jerry
Hurst, a college professor at his alma mater of Oklahoma State
University, was especially influential by his encouragement and
faith. "He is the reason I am here today. He told me
that medicine is where I need to be." In college, Dr.
McCullough majored in Physiology and went on to pursue a graduate
degree. Initially, he to attend vet school but decided
otherwise when he realized that vets have a harder time financially.
"People can't afford what you are trained to do,"
states Dr. McCullough. If you have ever taken your animal to
the vet, you know what he means.
When asked how he decided to go
into obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. McCullough says, "I really
only like working with women. I love their problems and their
issues. I love that they will come talk to you and tell you
what's going on, sometimes too much!" He laughs good
naturally at that last comment. He genuinely cares about each
and every patient as he sits with each woman to discuss all of her
issues, not just the symptoms. He receives great satisfaction
from knowing that he has helped fix her problem.
Dr. McCullough has volunteered
every Wednesday for the past 18 years at the Bob Mann Medical Clinic
of Mission Arlington , a Christian based charitable clinic that has
served the area for almost 30 years. Many patients have come
through the clinic throughout the years who do not have access to
medical care but are in need of surgery. Before PATC came into
existence, Dr. McCullough had to work hard to convince a hospital to
allow him to do the surgery without compensation. He was
successful at times but most often, one surgery a year was all he
could do. When PATC was presented to him and fellow OBGYN's at
a Fort Worth OBGYN Society meeting back in 2011, Dr. McCullough
signed up. It was a natural transition. "It was a
little bit of a relief that maybe some of these people could get
treated who ordinarily would not be able to be treated. I
needed to be a part of that."
I ask him if he feels that PATC
is easy, accessible, and efficient for him and his office staff.
"Surprisingly so," he says. "We've just
had no problem. Once a patient qualifies for PATC, the process
is smooth and never problematic. There are a lot of places out
there that do not run as effectively as PATC. And we are always
trying to see if Mission Arlington patients will qualify for
The patients who are sent to
our physician volunteers have usually been suffering for a while.
"These people are devastated with their problems,"
says Dr. McCullough. One PATC patient in particular stands out
in Dr. McCullough's mind. She was 35 years old, mother to five
young children, and had been suffering from a fistula.
"It's horrible and debilitating. Typically, these
are things I wouldn't operate on but I told her that I would if we
could get her approved for PATC. It was a super successful
closer of the fistula. I have probably never impacted a person
like I was able to impact her."
We are so grateful for
Dr. McCullough's service to both Mission Arlington and to PATC.
We appreciate his dedication to helping those in need.
PATC needs 100 more like him and our other physician volunteers!
Dr. McCullough agrees that the more doctors involved, the
better. "It would be great to get more bodies
involved," he says.
Ms. Roberts is the kind of
person who walks into a room and fills it up with personality and
laughter. As wife to a pastor at Grace Devine Tabernacle and
mother to a 19, 18, 7, and 3 year old, she is used to doing the
welcoming and comforting. In this case, however, it was her
turn to be comforted and assured that everything is going to be
Not too long ago, Meletre
discovered a suspicious bump on her head. When it did not go
away but continued to grow and become very painful, she decided to go
to Urgent Care. When they could not give her an answer, she
scraped up the money to visit her sister's primary care
physician. She was told it was mole and nothing to worry
about. However, the "mole" became so painful that she
did not even have to touch it to know it was there. She was
unable to brush her hair. It became very visible and an
embarrassment. Running out of options, Meletre went to
Al-Shifa, a clinic that offers free preventative education and
medical care to the indigent population of Dallas and Fort Worth,
where they decided it was not a mole and needed to be removed.
Al-Shifa is one of the many charitable clinics that makes referrals
to Project Access, so they knew exactly where to send Meletre.
Meletre was connected to Laura
Morris, MD, a dermatologist and PATC Physician Volunteer since April
of 2013. "Awesome!" was her response to when asked
about her feelings on how PATC helped her. "For me, it was
an answer to prayer. It will give me a sense of freedom and
confidence. I am thankful for Project Access. You just
don't understand the impact you are having on people."
PATC is grateful to Dr. Morris for her continued care of this patient
as we await the results of the test.
See PATC patients' stories on our YouTube Channel
PATC / Tarrant
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Phone: (817) 632-7531 | Fax: (817) 632-7532 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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