Phone: (949) 457–7700
Fax: (949) 457-7706
Access OC is improving the health of vulnerable people by providing access to medical specialists in a high quality, cost-effective manner. We will accomplish this by developing a series of innovative, interconnected specialty care initiatives.
We thank you so much for your kind support, but unfortunately the show does not always go on. Ticket sales for our Shirley Valentine event were not high enough to make the production feasible, so we must sadly cancel the event. Thank you for your generosity in supporting us! Your support provides enormous benefits to our community and the effort to provide surgeries to our neediest neighbors.
We were counting on the funds raised on September 22nd to provide life-changing surgeries for our patients. We are now faced with an urgent need to replace these hoped-for dollars. If you would like to make a tax-deductable donation to AccessOC, please click on the "Donate" button on this page. We appreciate anything you are willing to give!
Of the 3,008,105 people living in Orange County, 20.2% of adults and 10.4% of children are uninsured. This amounts to over 450,000 adults and 75,000 children with no health coverage. For the uninsured, the "safety net" of health services — programs either designed or required to serve them — is critical in times of needs. After an extensive study of the healthcare needs of this population in 2005, the Health Funders Partnership of Orange County moved to weave together various threads into the fabric that will shore up our frayed and fragmented system of healthcare. Access OC was founded in 2007 to address the specialty care needs of the uninsured population within Orange County.
Our first initiative, started in May, 2007 is a low-risk, outpatient surgery program, which mobilizes medical volunteers to provide free surgery to low-income uninsured patients. Six hospitals participate in the program including Hoag Memorial Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Mission Hospital, Saddleback Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital of Orange, and St. Jude Medical Center. More than 400 physicians, nurses and other hospital staff have volunteered for the program, which is growing rapidly
To achieve our goals of providing specialty care to those in need, Access OC organizes community resources such as hospitals, doctors, nurses, administrative personnel, translators, and a host of additional volunteers to make these outpatient surgeries become a reality. The estimated amount of donated services has surpassed $3 million dollars; and we have provided 275 free surgical services that have quite literally changed people's lives. The surgery program is based on Operation Access, which has been providing free surgeries to the uninsured by mobilizing medical volunteers in the Bay area for 15 years.
Access OC is managed by a steering committee that includes senior executives from the Irvine Health Foundation, the Orange County Medical Association, CalOptima, Kaiser Permanente, the Hospital Association of Southern California, the Orange County Health Care Agency, St. Jude Medical Center, Mission Hospital, Children's Hospital of Orange County and the Coalition of Orange County Community Clinics.