Building bridges to care
AccessOC, Southern California, with the help of the community serves Orange County’s most vulnerable residents. All of our patients are low-income and are under- or uninsured; they all live at or below 200% of federal poverty level.
While our target population may access primary care through certain private physicians, group practices, or one of the free and low-cost community clinics, they lack access to specialty care — because very few local specialists accept public insurance or serve the uninsured. As a result, many suffer ongoing pain from untreated medical conditions, have become unable to work, and have significantly reduced quality of life. By enhancing access to essential specialty care, AccessOC’s work helps improve health and well-being for Orange County’s low-income, medically underinsured residents.
Through partnerships with community clinics, surgery centers, and hospitals, AccessOC currently operates the following programs:
Super Surgery Day Model
AccessOC, Southern California, partners with facilities in Orange County that dedicate one day annually to provide care to our patients. Patients, about 10-40 per Surgery Day, receive surgical care throughout the day with the help of a large clinical volunteer team.
Integrated Surgery Model
A freestanding surgery center/hospital and physicians/staff agree to provide care for our patients on a one-to-one basis throughout the year. AccessOC, Southern California, patients are scheduled (“integrated”) into the normal Monday – Friday surgery schedule.
AccessOC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Read about us at OC Non-Profit Central.
We are also certified by Points of Light as a Service Enterprise. A Service Enterprise fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on the social mission of their organizations.
With this certification, AccessOC becomes one of the first organizations in California to be recognized as a Service Enterprise by Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer services.
Meet The Team
Here are some of the friendly faces of your team at AccessOC Southern California.
Aiko Tan, Director of Special Projects
Aiko currently directs strategic initiatives in healthcare for AccessOC, a program of Illumination Foundation (IF) and is a founding Board Director of IF. Aiko holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from UCLA, Certification in Biotechnology from CSUSM, and earned Dean’s List honors in Healthcare MBA from UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business.
Noemi Grabiel, Program Manager
Noemi joined AccessOC in 2012 and currently oversees patient care coordination and surgery days. Through her work experience and specialized training, Noemi is qualified in the areas of customer service, bilingual communications, volunteer management, bank systems and accounting.
Ashley Neppl, Program Coordinator
Ashley started as an AmeriCorps Fellow for AccessOC in 2015 and at the end of her term, joined as a full-time staff member. As a program coordinator, Ashley works closely with patients, hospitals, clinics and volunteers as well creating financial and data reports. Ashley received a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Northern Arizona University and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Public Health.
Elizeth Manzo, Program Coordinator
Elizeth joined AccessOC in 2013 and is currently responsible for the care coordination of patients and hospitals. Through her work experience and specialized training, Elizeth is qualified in the areas of customer service, bilingual communications, and medical billing. Elizeth also holds an AA degree in Business Administration from Santa Ana College, CA.
Melissa Trejo, AmeriCorps VIP Fellow
Melissa's focus as an AmeriCorp's Fellow is volunteer infrastrucutre and is the point of contact for all volunteer activities in office and at healthcare events such as Surgery Days. Melissa holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology and minor in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
Sapphira Ha, Healthcare Coordinator
Sapphira is Illumination Foundation's Healthcare Program Coordinator and works closely with the AccessOC team to provide staff support for Surgery Days and as needed. Sapphira holds a master's degree in Public Health from California State University, Long Beach and is a certified health education specialist.
Board of Directors
Meet the Board of Directors behind AccessOC.
Ripu Arora, MD
Ken Bell, MD
CEO, Dr. Ken Bell and Associates
Corporate Counsel, Western Digital
Past Trustee, St. Joseph Hospital, Mission Hospital & Camino Health Center
Nikan Khatibi, MD
Pain and Addiction Specialist
CEO, Illumination Foundation
President, Lynch Ambulance
Senior Auditor, HBLA Certified Public Accountants, Inc.
Medical Director, Managed Care Services, LA DHS
Interim SVP, Contracting, St. Joseph Health
Chief Financial Officer, St. Jude Medical
Rob Warren, DO
CMO, Western University of Health Sciences
Ramin Zolfagari, MD
Dept of Anesthesia, Sand Canyon Surgicenter, Kaiser Permanente
Hospitals and clinics AccessOC has partnered with.
Care Partner Hospitals
- St. Joseph Hoag Health Alliance
- Mission Hospital, Laguna Beach
- Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo
- St. Joseph Hospital of Orange
- St. Jude Hospital, Fullerton
- Kaiser Permanente Irvine
- Kaiser Permanente Anaheim
Care Partners Community Clinics
Complete list of participating care partner community clinics
Care Partner Surgery Centers
- Beach Eye Medical Group
- Clarity Eye Group
- Harvard Eye Associates
- Orange Coast Memorial Surgery Center
- Pacific Gastroenterology
- South Coast Eye Care Center