Pierce County community physicians created the Pierce County Medical Society, their professional organization in 1888. It was formed with noble goals and clear vision to promote the health and well being of the citizens of Pierce County and to support the educational and professional needs of its members.
Today, with a membership of about 1,000, PCMS carries on the important work that physicians, so many years ago, set out to accomplish. The work is administered through various branches of PCMS including:
- PCMS Membership Benefits, Inc: a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary.MBI provides members a wide array of services including publications such as the PCMS Bulletin, annual membership directory and annual pharmacy directory.
- MBI owns their building at 223 Tacoma Avenue South that serves as headquarters for the Pierce County Medical Society and their affiliate organizations. Additional building tenants include Pierce County Dental Society, Pierce County Nurses Association and Pierce County Project Access.
- PCMS Foundation: The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization exists to promote good health for the citizens of Pierce County. All money raised from the membership by the Foundation is awarded to Pierce County non-profit organizations, via a grant process. The requirement for application is that the money will be spent to directly help Pierce County citizens in need, whether it be for food, shelter, medical care, safety, etc... About eight to ten grants are awarded each year.
The Medical Society's work has traditionally been carried out via committees, with members providing the strength and power of services. While few committees exist today, the hard work continues and the Medical Society's role in the community is greater than ever. A few examples of this work includes:
- Serving as the fiscal agent for three arms of the Community Transformation Partnership grant awarded to the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department by CDC
Pierce County Project Access: creation of a program for physicians and other medical providers that assists them in providing efficient and effective no cost medical care to uninsured, low-income citizens in Pierce County
Healthy Communities of Pierce County: formation of an organization dedicated to better food choices and increased physical activity with a primary focus on Pierce Counties youngest citizens
Convening the Residency Collabortive of Pierce County - a collaboration of all the new and existing residency program directors to create a community of programs that are the top choice for primary care residents who wish to have the highest quality training and education in a supportive community
Providing members with a variety of opportunities, such as the ability to keep in contact, stay informed and improve their profession, all with an eye to providing the best medical care available for their patients is the role that PCMS aspires to as a professional organization.