Friday, January 4, 2013

Western Carolina Medical Society's Project Access receives funding from TD Charitable Foundation

The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, recently awarded an $8,500 grant to the Western Carolina Medical Society’s Project Access® program.

Developed in 1996 by the Western Carolina Medical Society (formerly the Buncombe County Medical Society), Project Access is a proven, highly replicable national model of healthcare delivery to the uninsured  Project Access leverages that “invisible” care into a coordinated network of over 600 volunteer physicians providing access to comprehensive medical care (primary care, specialty care, hospital care, labs, medications, durable medical equipment, and more) for the low-income uninsured of Buncombe County.

Project Access has served increasing numbers of patients every year since its inception in 1996. In 2011, over 650 physicians served more than 6,000 individual patients through the program at a value of over $14 million in services and goods. At least 4,000 low-income, uninsured Buncombe residents will be served by Project Access this year.

“The WCMS Foundation is extremely grateful to TD Charitable Foundation for this grant,” said Miriam Schwarz, WCMS. “This grant, along with our WCMS volunteer physicians, will help Project Access deliver quality service and care to the growing low income, uninsured population in Buncombe County”  
“The TD Charitable Foundation is proud to support Project Access,” said Charles Frederick, Western NC Market President for TD Bank. “We recognize the impact this program can have, and our goal is to build successful partnerships with organizations like Western Carolina Medical Society that benefit our customers and their communities.”
The Western Carolina Medical Society is the physicians’ voice advocating for the health of the medical profession, the health of the patient, and the health of the community. The WCMS Foundation is the physician and community-led charitable arm of the medical society, addressing issues of access to quality healthcare, disparities in health, and health & wellness. WCMS is located at 304 Summit Street, Asheville, North Carolina.    For further information call 828.274.2267 or log onto
About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates as TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and is one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation's mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operates, having made $98.6 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The Foundation’s areas of focus are affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at

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