The mission of Project Access NOW is to improve the health of our community by creating access to care and
services for those most in need.
The soreness and cramps in his groin, buttocks and legs were so debilitating for Noe, he was unable to stand up straight or to move in and out of cars as he was required to do in his job as a car salesman. So he had to stop working. With no job and no health insurance, Noe was not sure where to turn.
He learned about The Wallace Medical Concern and went to the clinic for help. The team at Wallace referred Noe to Project Access NOW to help arrange for an MRI. The results revealed Noe had spinal stenosis. Physical therapy was not successful and it was determined that he needed to have surgery. Project Access NOW then connected Noe to microneurosurgeon, Dr. Michael Sandquist, of The Oregon Clinic.
2013 Bridges to Health Care Honorees
We were pleased to honor the following health care volunteers at the 2013 Bridges to Health Care for outstanding service to Portland’s uninsured:
Ensure adequate access to care.
Every $1 we spend means we are able to provide $10.24 of healthcare costs. That’s a return on investment of over 1,000%!
Your contribution will help the low-income uninsured get the care they need. Today.
Thank you for your support!
We give thanks to the OHSU Department of Nursing
In celebration of National Nurses’ Week, which is May 6 through 12, Project Access NOW is honored to be the recipient of a generous donation of $1,500 from the Department of Nursing at Oregon Health & Sciences University.
In lieu of receiving individual recognition gifts, by overwhelming majority, the nurses opted to donate the funds to charitable organizations. Project Access NOW was fortunate to be among the top three organizations chosen by a survey vote of the nurses. The donation reflects the belief held by the OHSU nurses that our partnership with OHSU is beneficial to the people for whom they provide care.
Make a Tribute Gift
Tribute gifts offer you a thoughtful way to celebrate a special person or occasion while contributing to our mission: to improve the health of our community by creating access to care and services for those most in need.
You can make the donation in someone’s honor for events small and large. You can also ask others to give to Project Access NOW in lieu of gifts for your special days. Here are some examples of tribute gifts:
- Honor your colleagues or family during the holidays, for weddings and anniversaries by making a contribution to Project Access NOW in their name.
- For your special birthday – and isn’t every birthday special? – suggest that friends make a gift to Project Access NOW for “the guy/gal who has everything.”
- Honor a new graduate with a donation to PANOW and inspire a sense of community goodwill for someone starting out on life’s journey.
- Instead of sending flowers, honor the memory of a loved one who has passed away with a donation to Project Access NOW.
Project Access NOW will send the honoree a lovely card notifying them of the gift (but not the amount of the gift). Donors receive an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes.
You can donate online with a credit card.
You can also mail a check or money order made payable to Project Access NOW to PO Box 10953; Portland, OR 97296. Be sure to give us the occasion and the recipient’s name and address.
Community volunteer highlight:
After several years of hospital-based nursing across a broad spectrum of care, Elsa Renthal decided she’d like to apply her knowledge and experience in a different capacity. So, she began to seek opportunities that could help her reach her goal of a position in an area such as case management or utilization review. During this transition while she evaluated her options, a friend suggested she look into volunteering with Project Access NOW.
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Staff profile: Adam Merecias
For Adam Merecias helping people has always been important and he knows a lot about connecting those in need to services and resources that can help them. After obtaining a degree in community health education from Portland State University, Adam worked as a family advocate for the Oregon Child Development Coalition. It was his job to help connect families and children to services such as the Oregon Health Plan and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. He also taught classes to parents through the Head Start program.
Adam knew of Project Access NOW through his volunteer work as a medical interpreter at The Essential Health Clinic. He had also met former program manager, Katie Ulin, a few years ago. So, when he noticed a job posting for a care coordinator at Project Access NOW, he applied.
Mr. Paul Lauderbach, one of the Project Access NOW clients interviewed in this video, sadly, lost his battle with cancer on February 27, 2013. In a letter from his family, Paul expressed gratitude to the physicians, hospitals, clinics and staff who provided care for Paul during his illness. We send our deepest condolences to his family.