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Peter Korchnak

Partner Stories

A Life’s Work: How One Health Insurance Agent Helps the Community

Diane Faligowski is always working. As the owner of the full-service health insurance agency Health Plans in Oregon, she receives over a hundred phone calls every day of the week. The majority come from referring clinics, carriers, community partners such as Project Access NOW, and her low-income clients whom she and her agents enroll in the Marketplace, Medicare, and other…
Peter Korchnak
December 13, 2018
Client Stories

Ann’s Story: “Project Access NOW Saved My Life”

Ten years ago Ann S. had an unusual, high-risk cancer. Ann said she approached the experience like an everyday occurrence. She kept the family routines and obligations and did her best to have her life continue as before. Her main concern was that her three young daughters would stay on an even keel. But as the bills kept coming, Ann…
Peter Korchnak
December 10, 2018
Client Stories

Rick’s Story: Peace of Mind

When I retired from full-time work six years ago, I lost health insurance through my employer. I started a small business and asked my insurance broker what my options were during the transition. He helped me navigate all the available insurance plans. When he calculated my premium for my wife and I, there was a pretty significant gap between the…
Peter Korchnak
December 6, 2018
Provider Stories

Dr. William Bennetts: Seeing Patients as a Doctor, Not as a Businessman

Dr. William Bennetts has been volunteering to see patients for Project Access NOW since our inception in 2007. His partner at Northwest Gastroenterology Clinic, Dr. Sandy Wilborn, had been the physician we used to screen all gastroenterology consult requests from primary care clinics before scheduling. After Dr. Wilborn fully retired earlier this year, Dr. Bennetts took over this responsibility for…
Peter Korchnak
September 24, 2018
Provider Stories

Dr. Curtis Thompson: Equalizing Healthcare

Dr. Curtis Thompson heads the dermatopathology company CTA Lab, which has participated in Project Access NOW for over a decade. The lab makes diagnoses from biopsies dermatologists and primary care physicians send there for analysis. Easing the Burden While Dr. Thompson or his team don’t see any patients, he says donated lab analysis often takes place at the beginning of…
Peter Korchnak
September 14, 2018
Programs

“What If…”: A Vision of Network of Networks

As they try to get their life together and move forward, the most vulnerable people in our community have to jump through multiple hoops to provide for their families. In every sector—food, healthcare, housing, justice, schooling, transportation—they deal with a different case manager and separate sets of rules and regulations. In other words, the people who need the most support…
Peter Korchnak
September 14, 2018
Programs

Case Study Highlights How We Ensure Safe Hospital Discharges

The Center for Health Care Strategies, an organization which "advances innovations for healthcare delivery for low-income Americans," earlier this month highlighted our C3 Community Assistance Program in the case study titled "Project Access NOW’s C3 Community Assistance Program: Ensuring Safe Discharge from the Hospital." The case study is part of their and Nonprofit Finance Fund's project Advancing Community-Based Organization and…
Peter Korchnak
August 16, 2018
Events

Remembering the 2018 Gala “La La Land’

Our 2018 Gala "La La Land," a night of fun fundraising inspired by the glitz and glamour of Hollywood's Golden Age took place last Saturday, April 21 at the Exchange Ballroom. Thanks for making our fundraising gala a huge success! We are grateful to Providence Health & Services and Providence Health Plan, our presenting sponsors, and to Pam Mariea-Nason and…
Peter Korchnak
May 14, 2018
Events

Remembering the 2017 Fundraising Gala “Mix It Up: Havana Nights”

Mix It Up 2017: Havana Nights took place on Saturday, March 4, at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront—and it was awesome! We raised money to support our work, made many of friends, danced to every song, and celebrated our 10th Anniversary in style. Thanks to Soulyavanh Beisel (who took the all these lovely pictures), our partners, sponsors, and supporters, the…
Peter Korchnak
April 17, 2017
Update

Statement of Solidarity with Immigrant Communities

The mission of Project Access NOW is to improve our communities' health by creating access to care and services for those most in need. Recent actions have clearly placed immigrant communities among those most in need, both in our region and across the country. At Project Access NOW, we are immigrants, we are the children of immigrants, and we are…
Peter Korchnak
March 20, 2017