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As Project Access Northwest looks to add behavioral health to its roster of more than 50 specialties in 2021, we do it in partnership with organizations like Cambia Grove. Its 2021 TRAILS Competition is focused on innovations around behavioral health. Continue reading

At the 2021 virtual Leadership Circle event, board president Terri Rambosek introduced a modified mission statement and executive director Gary Renville gave some updates about the office relocation. Continue reading

Project Access Northwest is governed by a volunteer board of directors, which meets six times a year. Members serve three-year terms. We recently welcomed five new members and bade farewell and thank you to four members whose terms ended. Continue reading

In 2020, we welcomed MTI Physical Therapy to our roster of volunteer providers. Physical therapy is a critical specialty for Project Access Northwest, as nearly 10% of our patients received PT last year to build strength prior to surgery, to aid post-surgical recovery, or to avoid surgery altogether. Continue reading

Michael Welke joined our staff as our new Provider Relations Manager in early February, thanks to Companis​, a Seattle-area nonprofit that matches skilled professionals with volunteer and stipend-supported service opportunities throughout King and Snohomish counties. Continue reading

The year 2020 led to a number of changes at Project Access Northwest, but one thing remained unchanged — we continued to serve our patients. Check out the highlights. Continue reading

Project Access Northwest extends its profound appreciation and best wishes to David H Barr, MD, who has been providing critical ophthalmology services to our patients at the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic​​. Continue reading

Project Access Northwest’s Health Home Program marked its one-year anniversary in April. In 2017, we partnered with Coordinated Care to provide services to its most vulnerable members. Our care coordinators meet these clients in their community and provide personalized care coordination, health promotion, support and resources. Continue reading

Since our founding in 2006, Project Access Northwest has relied on thousands of volunteers to bring life-changing care to patients in need. Typically we focus on our 1700+ volunteer providers who donate care for our patients. But we have volunteers of all sorts—from students to retired professionals, both in and out of the medical field—working behind the scenes and supporting our mission. Continue reading

Project Access Northwest is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Our members bring a variety of professional skills (legal, medical, fundraising, health planning and administration) and represent various segments of the community. The board meets six times a year, and board members serve three-year terms. Continue reading

On June 30, 2017, Project Access Northwest ended its King County dental referral program and helped transition that service to be managed internally by Swedish Community Specialty Clinic. Project Access Northwest continues to work with Northwest Kidney Center clients and the Snohomish dental program. With a generous grant from Arcora Foundation, it will seek new, innovative and sustainable ways to help deliver dental care to low-income patients going forward. Continue reading

Project Access Northwest is delighted to welcome D. Chris Douglas, MBA, CMPE to its board of directors. For more than two decades, Chris has served as president and CEO of Douglas Healthcare Consulting LLC, a national firm serving physician practices, hospitals and integrated delivery systems. Continue reading

Project Access Northwest has launched its newest care coordination effort, the Health Home Program, which provides intensive, home-based, care coordination services for individuals with one or more chronic conditions. Through in-person visits at patient homes or other convenient settings, Health Home care coordinators help develop patient-centered Health Action Plans to support each individual in achieving personal goals. Continue reading

With our program’s continued growth, we’ve been busy creating new positions, promoting staff and welcoming new team members. A couple of our latest hires have added a lot of energy, creativity and good humor to the office this summer. Continue reading

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was implemented 18 months ago, she’s noticed a significant difference in the acuity of the patients being referred. Patients are healthier and are starting to get the treatment and prescriptions they need. Continue reading

In March 2015, Project Access Northwest began partnering with Swedish Emergency Services to launch Primary Link, a program for patients who need a primary care home. Primary Link will connect Apple Health (Medicaid) and uninsured emergency department patients to a primary care provider (PCP). The program will also work with patients who were seen at the Country Doctor Community Health Centers (CDCHC) After-Hours Clinic and do not have a primary care provider. Continue reading