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 Friday, May 15, 2015
We had a very successful
evening at the Kendra Scott store on University, raising nearly
$1,000 from the proceeds of shoppers. We are so grateful to
those who came out to support us. Look for the next KSGB
Shopping Party to happen around Christmas time!
At the TCMS Golf
Tournament, PATC held a silent auction where Gregory Phillips,
MD, was the lucky bidder and winner of "Bluebonnet &
Paintbrushes." The photograph was taken and generously
donated by Fort Worth native and local photographer, Judy Cox. Karen Reynolds was the winner of two silent
auction packages: the "Dad & Baby" package included a
BMW Baby Racer II graciously donated by the Autobahn Motocar
dealership and the "Sundance Package" that included gift
certificates donated by Del Frisco's Grill, M.L. Leddy's, Brazos
Carriage, and Four Day Weekend. Thank
you to everyone who came out to support Project Access!
Pictured Above: Rachel Kidd; Shannon
Ingebritson, PATC Physician Recruiter; and Kathryn Narumiya, PATC
Program Manager Pictured bottom left. Pictured Below, clockwise:
Gregory Philips, MD; Kathryn Narumiya and Shannon Ingebritson; PATC
Physician Volunteers Eduardo Castillo, MD; Travis Crudup, MD; Lori
Gordon, MD; and Britton West, MD; Ingrid Smith, Karen Reynolds,
Shannon Ingebritson, Melody Briggs, and Kathryn Narumiya; Karen
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Last year, May of 2014, the
community was invited to attend the ceremonial ribbon cutting for the
UNT Pediatric Mobile Unit. It was held at Morningside
Elementary, one of the four areas in which the unit travels to
throughout each month. Despite the rich health care resources
that Fort Worth and Tarrant County have available to both insured and
uninsured people, Fort Worth was the only city of its size in the
United States to not have a pediatric mobile unit. Now that has
changed and lives are changing for the better.
Every month, the mobile
unit's calendar is posted on the UNT Health Science Center's
website telling where the team will be on each day of the week.
They rotate between Morningside, Northside, Stop Six, and Como
for the time being. These areas have been identified as the
highest risk populations for children lacking in health care.
They park the 40 foot mobile unit in a school parking lot each
morning, set up for the day, and wait. Some days are slower
with a family that will trickle in here and there. The day I
have come is a slow day; however, there is always something to do.
Mindy Ford, the pediatric mobile nurse on the unit, shows me
around the trailer that includes two exam rooms, a small pharmacy,
and a lab area. She explains what everyone's roles are and
talks about the patients they get to see every day. "There
is no easy sore throat," she says, meaning that each child who
is brought either by family or sent by the school nurse is given a
comprehensive exam; therefore, exam times are longer than usual.
Additionally, these children have most likely not seen a doctor
in a long time to never. In a day, they will see cases as mild
as a child needing orthodontics to human trafficking situations.
No two days are the same.
Most often, the unit provides
school-aged children with well-child exams (which they ask that
parents make appointments for), sick visits, immunizations,
laboratory testing, and other health screenings. The mobile
unit team also provides education on nutrition, physical activity,
and oral health. For families who do not have access to
medicines, they can receive some medications. The social
worker, Jackie, meets with each family to discuss the family's
current social, economic, and environmental needs.
The team is short an outreach
person at this time, so this small team has a lot on their plate
every day. They rely heavily on community partners to get the
word out about the mobile unit for fundraising purposes of course,
but also to those families who are without insurance for their
children and have a lack of transportation. This became a major
concern of Dr. Christina Robinson, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
at UNT and medical director of the UNT Pediatric Mobile Unit.
It became painfully apparent that there were barriers to
pediatric health care when families were not showing up for their
appointments. Dr. Robinson is a native of Fort Worth,
originally from the Stop Six Community, and loves that she is now
serving that same community where she grew up. She is soft
spoken with a kindness that is radiating. I would say the same
for every person I met that day. They truly love being there
and have their own separate stories of faith that led them to the UNT
Pediatric Mobile Unit.
Every month, we highlight a
PATC patient's story by sharing their testimony of struggle and
sometimes desperation before they made their way to PATC and how
their life looks after receiving services from all of our volunteer
participants. Here are a few stories in their own words.
female Gynecology and Urology patient
"Being able to find a program like Project Access
Tarrant County was truly a God send. It relieved so much stress for
my mind and allowed me to get the medical tests and treatment I
needed. Everyone involved from Dr. Todd Richwine, who is my primary
care physician and suggested I apply for the program, to Ms. Neneh
Wurie, my case manager, and all the other doctors that I saw were
very kind, patience and generous. I believe that the selflessness and
generosity that is displayed in this program absolutely makes a
difference in the world. Thank you so much."
male Hernia surgery patient
"Before I had my hernia, I was an active
person. After the hernia, I was limited in what I could
do. Being in the piano business, I buy, sell, and refurbish
pianos. This business I started is our only source of
income, and I could no longer work. This was a burden for my
family. I had to struggle with my condition daily because I did not
have the finances to cover the necessary surgery. Thankfully,
while reading the newspaper one day, I came across an article about
Project Access Tarrant County. After learning more about the
program, I knew this would be the answers to my prayers. And indeed,
it was! After enrolling and all of the logistics were put
together, I was able to get my hernia repaired. The process was
very thorough, quick, easy, and painless.
It has been a month since the
surgery, and I am still recovering. I anticipate that I will
soon be able to resume my active lifestyle and be able to go back to
work and do household chores without repercussion. I am no
longer doing heavy lifting, but I am again able to refurbish
instruments. I would like to say thank you to everyone that was
involved for their genuine concern. The hospital was awesome. It was
one of the best hospital experiences I've ever had. The doctor
was excellent, and so was his staff. I have already recommended
Project Access Tarrant County and will continue recommending."
female Gallbladder surgery patient
"I had extreme pain due to
gallbladder disease to the point where I had to go to two different
emergency rooms in one year. I was desperate to find help because the
pain was taking control of my life. I was afraid to eat because
that could set off the pain that lasted for hours. I had to stop
working because the pain episodes sometimes made it difficult to
breathe and I would be fatigued from vomiting. My family assisted me
with my expenses but I did not want to depend on them for a long
time. Since I didn't have insurance, I had to pay a substantial
amount of money up front for surgery that I just couldn't
afford. I felt that I was in a sinking hole. Thankfully, I was
referred to Project Access and was able to have surgery. I am so
happy and thankful that I received help. Now I don't live with
constant fear of the pain coming back and I can return to work soon.
Thank you to everyone that helped me. I was treated with kindness and
respect even though I did not have insurance. Thank you."
We at Project Access Tarrant
County are so grateful to those doctors, healthcare workers, and
others behind the scenes who step up every day to help those in need
in this community.
patients' stories on our YouTube Channel by clicking
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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