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.
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.
Kamilia Adem, Americorps Fellow
Kamilia is AccessOC's Americorps Volunteer Fellow. She is responsible for the structure and management of the volunteer department while recruiting volunteers for the office. Kamilia holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology and an emphasis in Social Work.
Board of Directors
Meet the Board of Directors behind AccessOC.
Ripu Arora, MD
Associate General Counsel Western Digital
Interventional Pain Physician
Owner, Lynch Ambulance
Senior Manager, Audit & Assurance at Windes
Assistant VP, Knowledge Management, St. Joseph Health System
Robert Warren, DO
Director of Clinical Services, Western University of Health Sciences
Ramin Zolfagari, MD
Dept of Anasthesia, 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
- Orange Coast Memorial Surgery Center
- South Coast Eye Care Center
- Advanced Eye Medical Group
- California Hernia Specialists
- Orthopaedic Specialty Institute