Pierce County Project Access (PCPA) was founded in 2009 and is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization connecting low-income and uninsured individuals to the healthcare they need. Our mission grew from the vision and leadership of the Pierce County Medical Society, a key partner to this day.
In 2006, local physicians had a dream to improve access to healthcare for the low-income, uninsured in Pierce County. These compassionate doctors approached local hospital systems and free clinics to create a robust Donated Care network. PCPA grew from that vision and today is a robust network of physicians and ancillary providers who volunteer to provide care to the underserved in our community.
Improving health in our community.
We are a small staff who work closely with health system leadership, our referral partners, and our program providers.
We have a robust board of directors with representation from Virginia Mason Franciscan Health System, MultiCare Health System, Community HealthCare, Pierce County Medical Society, and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
Strong community support stems from many additional community agencies including Community Health Care, SeaMar Community Health Centers, the free clinic network, and independent physicians.
The Donated Care program partners with over 700 healthcare providers and other community-based organizations who donate a controlled number of appointments to our patients each year.Donated Care
The Premium Assistance program provides financial assistance by paying the monthly premiums for silver-level Qualified Health Plans found on the Washington HealthPlanFinder website.Premium Assistance
Equity, Trustworthiness, Confidentiality, Stewardship, and Inclusion.
We commit to pursuing teamwork that practices excellence, teaches accountability, is sustainable and performed with dignity and respect.
We honor the life, health, and dignity of all who we serve. We are committed to maintaining a safe and respectful environment that allows individuals of all cultures, traditions, and dispositions to thrive and succeed in their health outcomes.
PCPA Board of Directors
OneDigital Health and Benefits
Nancy Grubb, MD
Sound Family Medicine
Pierce County Medical Society
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
MultiCare Health System
Kimberly Sales, ARNP
Community Health Care
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
Paul Schneider, MD
Puget Sound Partnership
How's it work?
PCPA works with over 700 medical providers across Pierce County who donate a controlled number of appointments per year. Patients are enrolled for six month time periods. Primary care and specialty care are available through the PCPA network.
By spreading the workload fairly, Project Access ensures that no single practice or physician is overburdened. Project Access helps take the hassle away from physicians and their staff by ensuring appropriate referrals, and reminding patients to arrive on time to appointments. In the end, physicians have the satisfaction of taking a leadership role in improving the health of their communities and their profession.
To quantify and measure the amount of volunteer healthcare provided, First Choice Health Network provides mock billing. This data documents the value of donated services which provides important information to lawmakers, healthcare organizations, and the community.
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) changed the landscape of health insurance and healthcare delivery. Prior to the ACA, there were an estimated 100,000 individuals without insurance in Pierce County. Today, the estimate is nearly 45,000. PCPA is the avenue to healthcare for those who find themselves still in the gap. Our Premium Assistance program sponsors a Silver-Level plan of eligible patients through the Washington State Health Benefits Exchange.
We are honored to continue serving the community and stewarding the generosity and compassion of our physicians.