Bret C. Crumpton, M.D.
Happy New Year! Happy 2020, a new year with a new leadership team for our MCMS.
I am excited to serve as your new president. Many thanks to our outgoing president, Tim Villegas and the Executive Committee. We are all thankful for your service and appreciate your willingness to commit your time and talents to making our society better. Thank you also to our “home office team” of Dan Walton and Stacie Johnson, for their continued excellent administrative support.
As an ophthalmologist I can’t help but speak about 2020. These numbers represent excellent vision. A goal and desire of both my fellow ophthalmologists in surgical outcomes as well as our patients and their on-going vision. Our Muscogee County Medical Society can work towards “2020 goals” of excellence and expansion in our next two years of service to our doctors, patients and our broader medical and local community.
Our society is healthy and positioned for future growth and engagement. And we need your help!
A 2020 challenge: I am asking every MCMS member to invite one other physician who is currently not a member to consider joining. As members we have opportunities to: reconnect with or meet new medical colleagues in a social setting (Epic wine and food paring, Family Hockey Night and our Fall Social); attend CME events, and foster involvement in influencing local and state medical policy. These are a few of the many benefits of being a MCMS member. Medicine is becoming more and more splintered and we all feel the squeeze from organizations outside of our practices. As physicians we need a strong and vibrant physician lead group that will represent the needs and interests of doctors at a local and state level. The Muscogee County Medical Society is your group. Our delegate representation at the state Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) House of Delegates meeting is based on our number of MCMS members. More members equals more influence. Columbus has over 700 doctors and only 212 are members of MCMS. Our county can do better! I know we all feel the time constraints of our busy practices, family involvement and our other social commitments. But if we will not look after our own medical profession, no one else will. The hospitals, insurance companies and government certainly will not. We have to choose to step out of apathy.
Please accept the 2020 Challenge and invite one new member! Please spread the word and continue to participate in our society. We need you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or another leader evaluating what we have done well and areas for improvement. We desire your honest feedback. Also, if you are interested in contributing more meaningfully to our society, we ask for your increased involvement.
I am looking forward to seeing you at our Epic wine dinner January 20, 2020 at 6:30 PM.
Wishing you and yours all the best in 2020.