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February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I am a primary care MD in a Community Health Center. All of our patients are at or below the 200% of Federal Poverty Level, and more than 1/3 have no health insurance at all. One of the most frustrating, disheartening, and demoralizing things that happens to me almost daily is to know what a patient needs and not be able to offer it to them because they are poor, or to offer it and have them tell me 'no thanks, i cannot afford it'. Sometimes these are life-or-death decisions. Having Project Access has been a great thing for both the patients and the primary care physicians treating them- now, when we previously had nothing to offer, we can offer hope and a tangible result that many times is life-saving or life-changing.
Two of my patients have literally had their lives saved by Project Access, and many more of my patients have avoided permanent disfugurement, morbidity, and/or severe pain due to Project Access. They are a godsend!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

daily work

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the services/specialties offered; add the ability to treat more cancer patients

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

As an Orthopedic Surgeon, providing care for patients with pain or deformity in the musculo-skeletal system often requires more than an office visit. It requires a trip to the operating room and assurance of post-op visits. The value of the Project Access supported by SDCMS is their ability to pull together partners from the community (OR rooms, all the nursing and anesthesia staff) to make it happen. A great resource for those in our community who have fallen through the cracks.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Patient outcomes

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage more of my colleagues to participate

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

As a primary care physician taking care of uninsured patients in San Diego, I can honestly say that Project Access San Diego has changed the way I practice medicine. It's hard to imagine that just over a year ago they didn't exist. We must have over 50 patients who have gotten care from PASD. They review our applications promptly, coordinate our patients care from start to finish and ensure they receive the care they need. Our patients are very satisfied. I see people every day whose quality of life was improved due to PASD.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many many patients who come back to me so grateful for the services they received.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it bigger, better funded, present in all cities to help coordinate care for the uninsured.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

It is gratifying to see first-hand the miracles that happen for patients who otherwise would not have access to specialty or surgical care. The ability to talk, have a job or live pain free are all taken for granted until those 'gifts' are taken from us. How does one place a price on restoring a person's dignity--the simple answer is what Project Access does--they restore their ability to be independent and lead productive lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our organization now has a place to send primary care patients, who do not have financial resources, for specialty or surgical care.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them expand their ability to do a greater amount of specialized care

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

It has been a pleasure to work with Project Access San Diego through the San Diego County Medical Society. They send us unisured patients who need medical attention and would otherwise be able to get help. The patients come directly to our office and are provided with transportation and even translation services. The staff at Project Access is professional, friendly and always easy to work with. It has been a wonderful opportunity for our office to "give back" to the community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their ability to contact and schedule patients to come in and see us for their specialty care.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...nothing comes to mind. Project Access is a well-planned and organized group.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

The San Diego County Medical Society Foundation is a great resource for professional like me to share my expertise and serve the underserved population in my community . I specially enjoy the smiles and the appreciation I recieve from patients who needs care but unable to afford the surgery cost due to economic reason. I am so glad that we can make a difference in our community and I don't have to travel so far to be involve in such a cause.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Project Access Surgery day in partneship with Kaiser Permanente Hopital staff and volunteers in Otay Mesa area

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would do more than surgeries, I would include preventive and consultation activities to motivate economically challenged population to educate them that prevention is not as expensive as what they think and help them to be more aware of their ability to be responsible of their own health.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

it is within our community, well organized the continious update from the organization is very good.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

The gratification I receive from treating needy patients through San Diego County Medical Society Foundation's Project Access is unparalleled. The appreciation patients with awfully crippling arthritis show is worth far more than any copayment or insurance reimbursement can provide. The program facilitates the scheduling, visit and follow up in the comfort of our own office, lessening the burden of time required to see these patients in other settings. This program reminds me of the basic reasons I chose medicine as a career.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the benefit it brings to patients who would otherwise not have access to care

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand its use and publicize its existence to more community clinics

February 5, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 5, 2011

It is wonderful that my patient who loses insurance no longer has to go to a clinic and leave our Family Practice in order to access specialty care. Project Access makes it possible for me to continue caring for them and have coordinated referrals made to doctors, surgery centers and ancillary care willing to provide free care for those who need it. I am very grateful.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Patients were screened for eligibility through the Project's eligibility testing for other support systems and found to qualify.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more hospitals involved.

February 5, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 5, 2011

PASD is the hallmark of physician specialty giving in San Diego, virtually hassle-fre for physicians and their staff and a treasured gift to the patients treated.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

following up with the excellent patient care results and satisfaction

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the program

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

More funding to do more charity specialty care

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It brings joy to see the generosity and dedication of the volunteer physicians

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

The gratitude of the patients and the generosity of the physicians should be publicized everywhere instead of the problems within health care because physicians really love taking care of patients and are extremely good at it..

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

Project Access helps many of our uninsured patients access medical specialty care that would be out of their reach otherwise. We are so thankful for the services that are offered by the volunteers and the amazing work staff does to make sure that the patients of the community health centers are served. Thanks to all of you.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

San Diego County.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd add more volunteer doctors who provide more services-I know they try to do that every day.

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