Shining Lights Award Honors All Who Give

Drs. KC Kaltenborn and Cathie Schumacher, Anchorage Project Access founders, were honored on Sunday, May 17 as recipients of Congregation Beth Sholom’s 2009 Shining Lights Award. Congregation Beth Sholom hosts an annual banquet in honor of community members, whose work and life embody the Hebrew concept of Tikkun Olam, “repairing the world.” Speakers at this year’s event included Archbishop Roger Schwietz, Father Scott Medlock of St. Patrick’s Parish, Anchorage Project Access Board Vice-President Dr. Jerome List, and Tommie Brown, a former recipient of donated healthcare through Project Access, who expressed his deep and personal gratitude for creating the network of care that met his medical need in a life-changing way. Also appearing at the event to publically thank Drs. Kaltenborn and Schumacher were Senator Mark Begich, Acting Mayor Matt Claman, State Representative Les Gara and State Senator Hollis French.
 
As Drs. Kaltenborn and Schumacher accepted the Shining Lights Award, they shared briefly the convictions that guided them and acknowledged the numerous individuals in the community who were instrumental in bringing Project Access to fruition. Dr. Kaltenborn quoted Dr. Brian Green, Executive Director of Christian Health Associates, as saying, “Anchorage Project Access is too important to fail.” This sentiment was the energy that propelled the numerous founders during the Anchorage Project Access implementation period.
 
As was noted in the program and by many who came to the podium, this award honoring Drs. Kaltenborn and Schumacher also “pays tribute to all those providers and health-related facilities and institutions that make Anchorage Project Access possible.”
 
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff, congratulations to Drs Kaltenborn, Schumacher and the numerous physicians and business professionals responsible for launching Anchorage Project Access in our community. And to the volunteer network that makes Anchorage Project Access a reality—a heartfelt thank you. Anchorage Project Access would not exist without your ongoing generosity.

Curing Physical Ills and Poverty Too

By ELISE PATKOTAK, Anchorage Daily News. Published: December 12, 2007

I’m not exactly the Christmas type. In fact, there are some who say I should not be allowed in polite company during this festive period. Personally, I find so many people running around with silly grins on their faces wishing everyone a happy holiday somewhat creepy. It’s like they’ve all been brainwashed and then suddenly, on Jan. 2, the posthypnotic suggestion wears off and everyone goes back to avoiding eye contact with their fellow human beings when not actively scowling at them for some imagined slight.

So I am amazed that this column is going to cover a topic that should contribute to everyone’s good spirits for the season. It’s about a group of people who have made a commitment to make this world a little better for those who maybe don’t always have it so easy. It’s about medical professionals in this town — doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists — who are part of a group called Anchorage Project Access.

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Anchorage Project Access Helps Ensure Health Care for Everyone

By TERESA ZIMMER, Anchorage Daily News Letter to the Editor. Published: November 25, 2007

It is shameful to live in one of the richest nations in the world and not provide basic health care to every man, woman and child. It is embarrassing to have a president who votes for cuts to health care for children. Thankfully, we live in a community that cares.

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Program connects cash-strapped patients with volunteer care

By ANN POTEMPA, Anchorage Daily News. Published: February 28, 2006.

Joshua Kiele couldn’t walk without pain. He couldn’t work because the pain got in the way.

And if he couldn’t work and didn’t have health insurance, he couldn’t pay the thousands of dollars required for hip-replacement surgery.

Kiele, 30, tried to find medical coverage for repair of his right hip joint, aggravated by a shallow bone socket and arthritis. He applied unsuccessfully for medical benefits through Social Security. He moved to Alaska to be near a brother who could help him and his children.

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