I love what I do and I am passionate about helping people stay healthy and active. It’s no fun to be sidelined by an injury. We all want to stay active and continue to participate in the activities we love. Sometimes an injury is more than an inconvenience—it can prevent people from working or even performing the simplest daily activities of living.
I understand that not everyone can afford to see a specialist and undergo the necessary treatment to resolve an injury. That’s why I’ve chosen to volunteer with Project Access Tarrant County.
Project Access brings together volunteer physicians, partnering hospitals and charitable community clinics that work to deliver medical care to low-income families and the working poor. The program is designed to provide services for those without medical insurance or Medicaid, Medicare, JPS Connection, or VA benefits. Patients’ income must also not exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty line.
Since its inception in 2011, many patients have received care through Project Access that they would not have otherwise been able to afford. In fact, during the first year of the program, more than 210 volunteer physicians provided 700 hours of medical care worth about $500,000. The best part—the program has enabled many patients to resume their lives and return to work after injury or illness prevented them from holding a job. That’s a program that is making an impact—and a program I want to be involved in.
We are so fortunate at OSMI to be able to do work we love and even more fortunate to see our clinic grow into a new space. That good fortune is only as good as our ability to give back to our community. Thanks for helping us to build such a successful clinic that we are able to pay it forward. We couldn’t do it without you.