On the evening of Wednesday, December 5, Pierce County Medical Society conducted its Annual Meeting at the brand new Pacific Seas Aquarium in the Point Defiance Zoo. The event served as a 130th birthday celebration for the organization.
As attendees and speakers marked the occasion of thirteen decades of physicians and PAs caring for patents in Pierce County, stewardship was a common theme when referring to the community-based professional organization that represents them.
Outgoing President Khash Dehghan thanked the 2018 PCMS Board of Trustees and noted their contributions toward stewardship helping to make the Society a robust example of a county medical society in the State of Washington and the nation. He also thanked the membership for their continued support and stewardship.
PCMS Executive Director Bruce Ehrle took attendees on a journey from 1888 when the Society was founded through 20th Century advancements in medicine with a look forward all the way to 2148 when another 130 years of PCMS can be celebrated. He noted that the organization would not have reached this point without stewardship, adaptability, and leadership--elements that continue to exist within the physician community of Pierce County today that can propel it forward toward continued success in the future, as long as doctors always understand that they are stronger together in advocacy, education, community engagement, and collegiality.
Incoming President Aaron Pace, MD spoke about his decision early on in his career to be engaged with PCMS because of his recognition of its value. He expressed an understanding of the many challenges facing his fellow independent physicians as well as employed physicians because of his involvement with the medical society, speaking with members, and deliberating during board meetings. He noted his pride in assuming the presidency of PCMS as it moves past its 130th birthday and his dedication toward keeping it as a strong ally for its members. Three generations of his family were in attendance to see Aaron receive the gavel.
Dr. Peter Marsh was the recipient of the 2018 PCMS Community Service Award. In keeping with the theme of stewardship at 130 years for the Society, the Board of Trustees felt that it was appropriate to honor a physician who has been highly engaged in every organization he's been a part of such as serving on the boards of WSMA and Physicians Insurance as well as PCMS where he was president in the early 1990s. Dr. Marsh expressed how vital it is that physicians take on that level of engagement to shape the future of the profession in a shared commitment to achieve success for themselves and their fellow doctors.
Throughout the evening, attendees were able to enjoy the habitat exhibits at the newly opened aquarium as the special venue for the 130th birthday celebration of PCMS. In keeping with recent trends for the event, the Annual Meeting focused on having the majority of the time for the thing people seem to enjoy the most--socializing with each other. Out of the nearly four hours together, only 45 minutes was dedicated to a formal program, allowing attendees to catch up with old friends and to make new friends among their fellow physicians and PAs who aren't just colleagues but who are neighbors in Pierce County.
Special thanks goes to the sponsors of the event--MultiCare, CHI Franciscan, and Community Health Care. Their ongoing partnership for the Annual Meeting--and every day with PCMS--is sincerely appreciated.
In the adjoining photo, Aaron Pace, MD receives his presidential gavel for 2019 from Khash Dehghan, MD.