AMASA Summer 2008
From the President, page 2
AMAA Convention, page 3
Membership Matters, page 4
Celebrating 85 Years! Around the State, page 7
SMAA, page 9
Physician Families for a Healthier Alabama Fall Leadership Meeting, page 10
Wild time had by all at AMASA’s Annual Convention
by Kathy Murray, president
No words can aptly describe the incredible
time AMASA members had at our 2008
Annual Convention in Montgomery! The
Alliance did an incredible job hosting our
meeting. The business meeting took place in
the beautiful and very comfortable Colonial
Bank conference center. We were greeted by
our very gracious hosts and enjoyed an eye-
opening and educational meeting. Mary
Woodall also hosted a past presidents break-
fast at her home on Saturday morning.
The biggest surprise came on Friday
evening when we arrived at the location of Pictured during the installation ceremony for AMASA’s 2008-2009 president are: Eric
Murray, MD; Kathy Murray, AMASA president; Nita Maddox, AMAA immediate past
continued on page 3 president; and Laura Reynolds and Bhavani Kakani, past AMASA presidents.
You’re invited: Leadership Development Conference I – Fall session
by Terri Turner, president-elect Last fall’s session topics included Some reimbursement is available to
The American Medical Association Public Speaking, Life Balance, county presidents, presidents-elect, and
Alliance (AMAA) provides a great Computer 101, Healthy Lifestyles for other board and committee leaders. I
opportunity for all of us to Children and Revitalizing or would like to take someone from every
learn about becoming AMA Alliance Reorganizing your County county – student and resident physician
leaders in our communi- Leadership Alliance. spouses too. If you are a county presi-
ties. If you are already a Development The conference is in dent, please talk this up and recom-
leader, come to share and
learn from others about
Conference Marriott in the heart of
Chicago at the Downtown mend someone from your county to
attend. You will all benefit. You do not
what it takes to be effec- Oct. 5-7 Michigan Avenue’s have to be currently serving as a coun-
tive, things that work best Chicago, Ill. Magnificent Mile of shopping. ty officer to take advantage of this
from your experience and When we are not in meetings, opportunity. Maybe you are interested
learn ways to increase and serve your we are only steps away from upscale in learning about what is expected
membership. The challenges of being shops, restaurants, museums, theatres, from a leader before you jump in. I
involved and connected are exciting sporting events, you name it – Chicago will be leading this expedition and I
when you enjoy the experience. You has it all. Remember, it’s all about bal- look forward to hearing from you.
are invited to come, participate, grow ance. This is an opportunity to work on Please contact me with your interest
and take something back home that the personal growth, physical environ- or to make a recommendation for
you can apply to your everyday life. ment, friends and even the fun and someone to attend the fall session of
Your medical, church, school, and recreation sectors in your wheel of life. the leadership conference.
other communities will appreciate what Come along and join the experience. You can reach me at tbturner2002@
you can bring to them as well. There is something for everyone. yahoo.com or (334) 793-3151.
From the President
President AMASA serves community, each other
Kathryn “Kathy” Murray by Kathy Murray, president support, need-
(256) 881-0068 Are you there? Are you reading ed meals, or
firstname.lastname@example.org this? I wonder how many of you actu- help sitting
ally take the time to sit and really read with sick fami-
these ‘sometimes’ lengthy messages? ly members,
(334) 793-3151 Well, this time, I will try to keep it they have
email@example.com short and sweet! I sat for a while and always been
wondered what it is I could say to get there. I have
1st Vice President your attention… No, to get you to been on the
Stephanie Jowers want to be a member of this organiza- receiving end
(256) 735-0379 tion! as well as the Kathy Murray, president
firstname.lastname@example.org What is an Alliance? Webster giving end. So
defines it as “an allying or close asso- you see, while we serve our communi-
2nd Vice President ciation, as of nations for a common
Sandy Garvey ties by providing health education,
objective.” To be allied is defined as scholarships and valuable volunteer
email@example.com “closely related or united by kinship.” hands, we also serve each other.
I feel the second definition best This is an exciting year because
District One Vice President describes what our Medical Alliance is AMASA is celebrating its 85th year of
Traci Knowles – a group of individu- service to the great
(256) 244-3113 als closely related or ... our Medical state of Alabama.
firstname.lastname@example.org united by kinship. Why don’t we try to
District Two Vice President
I have been a Alliance is – a group make it a memorable
member of the med-
of individuals closely challenge each and
year? I would like to
ical Alliance for 25
related or united by go out and ask at least
years and happy to every one of you to
report a member of
District Three Vice President AMASA for the last one friend to join the
Julie Freeman 15 years, and I have Alliance. We all have
(334) 270-9533 enjoyed every minute friends that could
email@example.com of it. Sure, we have our annual proj- join, but perhaps they don’t know
ects and our meetings, but it is more enough about what we do or who we
District Four Vice President than mere attendance at these various are. Maybe they are just “too busy” to
vacant functions. It is a path that leads to last- join. How many of us are not busy?
ing friendships, to developing an Yet, we do manage to find the time.
extended family of sorts. Most of the Don’t be discouraged by a less than
(334) 269-1952 time, many of us are separated from positive response when you first invite
firstname.lastname@example.org our own biological families with chil- a friend. Encourage your friend to help
dren, siblings and parents sometimes make a difference in your community
Treasurer hundreds of miles away. I know that by joining the Alliance, and who
Olivia Crockett when I have had an emergency or even knows, he or she may just find a friend
(334) 794-5571 a simple need for help, my family was for life!
email@example.com not always available or accessible. It
P.S. If you DID read this message, e-mail
was in those times, as it is now, that me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know why
my Alliance family has pitched in and the Alliance has been good for you – just a sen-
The AMASA NEWS is a publication
been there – whether it is for moral tence or two will do!
of the Alliance to the Medical Association
Invite a friend to join AMASA!
of the State of Alabama, published
by the Association’s Communications
Department, 19 South Jackson Street,
Montgomery, AL 36102.
AMASA News 2 Summer 2008
In the News
AMASA expresses appreciation to MASA for ongoing support
by Donna West, MD, immediate past president plishments this past year was
The Medical Association of the printed in the handbook for the
State of Alabama held its annual ses- House of Delegates for the coun-
sion May 22-25 at Sandestin, Florida. sellors and delegates to read at
AMASA was repre- their convenience.
Alliance to the Medical
sented by Donna Association of the State of
During the time for
West, MD, immedi- Alabama
her oral report at
ate past president. wishes to express its heartfelt
the business ses-
Other members were thanks and appreciation to
sion, Donna took
there with their the Medical Association
the opportunity to
spouses to enjoy the of the State of Alabama present: What is the
beach and shops at for its ongoing support Alliance? Who is
Baytowne. Several of our organization, the Alliance? and
Alliance members especially in the areas of What are the bene-
from Jefferson education and service. fits of membership?
County were seen May our continued partnership She encouraged the
selling their terrific be a mighty force in advocating physicians to con-
cookbook! Our for and improving the health and sider membership
“brag” board was on well-being of the citizens for themselves, but
display at the exhibit of the state of Alabama. at a minimum to James G. Chambers III, MD, MASA president 2007-
2008, accepts the plaque of appreciation from Donna
center to showcase insist that their
West, MD, AMASA president 2007-2008.
the activities and projects of our coun- spouses be members.
ty Alliances across the state. To celebrate MASA’s continued outgoing president of MASA, as a
Donna’s written annual report on support of AMASA, Donna presented a visual expression of AMASA’s thanks
the status of AMASA and its accom- plaque to James G. Chambers III, MD, to the medical association.
AMASA convention, cont.
our dinner/installation meeting. We were the guests of Dr. Pat and
Susan Ryan and were totally in awe of their compound! It was as
though we stepped into a natural history museum. The “lodge” was
full of animals from all over the world. We had no idea that Pat and
Susan were so adventuresome! It is not everyday that one is installed
beneath the head of a huge elephant! We enjoyed an absolutely deli-
cious low country boil, most of which was prepared by Susan and her
Following the installation of the AMASA board, we were enter-
tained by a group of clog-
gers, one of which was
our own Charlotte
Hardison, director of com-
munications for MASA
and staff liaison to the
Alliance. We even learned
a few of the basic steps of
clogging under the patient Nita Maddox (right), past president of the AMA Alliance,
administers the oath of office to newly elected AMASA
tutelage of the dancers!
board members Pam Cezayirli, District 2 vice president;
The Dixieland Cloggers provided entertainment
All in all, it was a great Tracy Knowles, District 1 vice president; Sandy Garvey,
for the Alliance after a delicious meal prepared time and a shame that 2nd vice president; TerriTurner, president-elect; and
by the Ryans. some of you missed it. Marcia Miller, recording secretary.
Summer 2008 3 AMASA News
2008 AMAA Convention addresses hot topics
by Kathy Murray, AMASA delegation chair Members also have the
The AMAA Convention was, as chance to see and hear
usual, an interesting experience, to about the success stories of
say the least. Our AMASA delegation other Alliances from coast
arrived in the ‘windy’ city of Chicago to coast. This in turn, allows
ready to learn about how our Alliance Alliance members to net-
works. The delegation included Kathy work and return to their
Murray, president; Donna West, MD, own counties and states
immediate past president; Terri with fresh ideas.
Turner, president-elect; Pam Hot topics for this con-
Cezayirli, District 2 vice president; vention were the attempts to
Cynthia Moore, Madison County add additional membership
president; and Katie Wigton and Kyle categories to our existing AMASA delegates hard at work in session at the House of
Marsteller, Jefferson County Resident bylaws. One amendment Delegates are: Terri Turner, Donna West, MD, Katie
Wigton, Kyle Marsteller and Cynthia Moore.
Physician was to
Spouses. Of add the category of redefine who we are, who we have
course, Nita “Friends of always been, and what has made us
Maddox also Medicine” and the unique – a spousal organization.
attended in her other was to include All in all, it was quite an educa-
role as AMAA the additional words tional experience that one wouldn’t
immediate past “domestic partner” want to miss. If you have never been
president. to several of the to the national convention, please con-
We also other categories. sider placing your name in nomina-
accepted an After much discus- tion for a delegate position at our next
invitation, sion, both meas- AMASA convention scheduled for
extended to our ures failed to pass. April of 2009. Of course, we would
Resident Physician Spouse members Katie
entire delega- Wigton and Kyle Marsteller enjoy dinner with
The general consen- be remiss if we didn’t mention one
tion, from Cary AMASA delegate Pam Cezayirli at the Gala sus was that we additional incentive for going to the
Kuhlmann and Awards event. already have eight convention, which is the fun we have
Pam Varner, categories of mem- exploring and shopping on Michigan
MD, to be their guests for a lovely bership at the national level and that Avenue (AKA “The Miracle Mile”)
dinner with the MASA delegation at to add either of these measures would and trying new places to eat!
the Metropolitan Club, high atop the
Sear’s Tower. The company was won-
derful, the food delicious and the view
of the city was spectacular! We were
very thankful for MASA’s generosity
This conference is always very
interesting because not only does one
have the opportunity to see the
mechanics of our ‘federated’ organiza-
tion, there is also the chance to meet
other Alliance members from through-
out the country. There are a number of
brainstorming sessions about Alliance
structure, fund-raising and all kinds of
projects (health, attracting and retain- AMASA delegates out for a fun evening in Chicago are: Katie Wigton, Pam Cezayirli, Terri
ing membership, legislation, etc). Turner, Nita Maddox, Donna West, MD, Kathy Murray, Cynthia Moore and Kyle Marsteller.
AMASA News 4 Summer 2008
AMASA membership is invaluable Legislation Update
by Stephanie Jowers, 1st Vice President, membership
by Kavita Kumar, legislative committee
Membership – that is the buzzword that you will be hearing over and
Save the Medicare Act of 2008 was
over this year. Numbers are declining nationally and statewide for
introduced into legislation in order to stop
Alliance membership. As vice president, my role will be to support the
the 10.6 percent Medicare payment cut
county Alliances as we work to stop the decline and increase member-
scheduled to go into effect in July. Senate
ship. It would be easy to get caught up in a negative wave of inevitability,
Bill 2785, presented by Senator Debbie
but I choose to stay positive. Let’s focus on why there is such value in
Stabenow (D) of Michigan, would replace
being a member of the Alliance.
cuts totaling more than 15 percent with
• The Alliance is valuable for the friendships and fellowship we
positive Medicare physician payment
updates from July 1 of this year to Dec.
• The Alliance is valuable for the role we play in our communities.
31, 2009. The 18 month timeframe would
• The Alliance is valuable for the role we play legislatively, both
provide stability for seniors and physicians
nationally and locally, that impacts our spouses, their profession and
who must make some critical practice
decisions because of the cuts. Also, during
Individually, each of these is a valuable reason to join the Alliance, but
this time Congress and AMA would work
combined, membership is invaluable. I will be contacting each county
to develop a long term solution to the
Alliance to offer support in your membership efforts. Please mark your
existing payment system. Senate Bill 3101,
calendars to attend the Fall Leadership Meeting in Birmingham in
of The Patient and Providers Act of 2008,
August. There will be some great information shared and it will give us
would have provided for a Medicare fix
all a fabulous kick-off to a new year. Even though most of us take a break
but recently failed to pass. Physician fami-
during the summer months, there are several small things that can be
lies should remain active in the lobbying
done now so that when summer is over, we can hit the ground running.
process in order to find a quick and long
If you see fellow spouses during the summer who may not be active
term solution to this very critical issue.
with the Alliance, put a bug in their ear about the great things coming up
The smoking ban legislation of
in the next year and encourage them to join when the membership drive
Alabama failed to pass in May 2008. The
bill which passed in the Senate but not in
Make sure that the president and membership chairs have an updated
the House, would have banned smoking in
list of members from last year. If not, contact me and I will work on get-
most restaurants, workplaces, and indoor
ting this information to you prior to the Fall Leadership Meeting.
public areas. Senator Vivian Davis Figures
At our Annual Convention, Sandy Garvey of the Madison County
of Mobile who sponsored the bill, has been
Alliance shared a mailout she created, which included information on
a strong smoking ban advocate for over a
who the Alliance is, what it does and a membership form for them to
decade. The bill is fully supported by Gov.
complete and mail back in with their dues. This form can be modified to
Bob Riley, who previously smoked, and
meet the needs of any Alliance and would be an easy way to kick off a
would sign if passed in the Legislature.
membership drive. If anyone would like a copy of this, please e-mail me
The Nurse Practitioner (NP) legisla-
and I will forward it to you. Thanks to Sandy for sharing!
tion is in its early stages of development
Start planning a Kick Off Get Together to get the new year started with
and has not yet been introduced.
a bang. Brunch, lunch, a picnic at the park, an ice cream social, a game of
According to the bill NPs would have
Bunko, a cookout at a member’s home – these are just a few ideas that
complete independent medical status and
are great ways to welcome new spouses to the community, welcome back
unlimited authority to prescribe medica-
old members and encourage non-members to get involved.
tions (including Schedules II to V).
If anyone has any great membership tips, please let me know. My ears
Currently NPs must collaborate with
are always open and I would love to share your ideas with everyone. I
physicians in treating patients using guide-
look forward to working with everyone this year. I can be contacted at
lines set forth by both parties. Although
(256) 735-0379 or email@example.com.
MASA does not support the bill as it
Have a great summer and see you in Birmingham!
stands, representatives from both sides
Join us for AMASA’s Fall Leadership Meeting have been meeting to study and discuss the
Aug. 24-25 • Birmingham issues.
Summer 2008 5 AMASA News
Attention County Presidents:
Health Project grant applications are due Aug. 1 AMASA bylaws changes
by Sandra Garvey, 2nd vice president, Health Projects committee by Nita Maddox, Bylaws chair
If there are any committee members in your Alliance planning a As we begin our year I would like to ask
new health-related project, or wishing to maintain an ongoing health that each of you review the bylaws that per-
project, AMASA has set aside grant money in its 2008-2009 budget tain to your area of service and alert the
for such a purpose. bylaws committee to any changes that you
Examples of ways to use the grant money include purchasing sup- think are relevant to how we operate as an
plies, paying for speaker honorariums, printing pamphlets/brochures, organization. We have not made many
etc. Several weeks ago, I sent a letter to all county presidents regard- changes in the past few years and feel that
ing this issue. Included with the letter was the grant application. this year we need to address this.
Please make as many copies as you like and distribute them to inter- I want to encourage all county Alliances to
ested committee members. Have them complete the application and also review your bylaws. If you have ques-
send it to me (deadline is Aug. 1). Additional copies of the grant tions, are not operating your Alliance with
application may be obtained by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. bylaws and need to produce bylaws, or need
Note: Grants will be awarded at the Fall Leadership Meeting, Aug. help in anyway please contact me at
24-25, in Birmingham; a county Alliance representative must be pres- email@example.com.
ent in order to receive the grant. Additionally, grant recipients are I will be happy to work with you and help
required to submit a report, in person, describing how the grant was you produce bylaws that will be useful to
used, to the AMASA Annual Convention in Huntsville next April. your organization.
Take advantage of this opportunity and apply for funds now.
You’ll be glad you did!
Gas prices got you down? AMA Foundation fund-raiser offers solution
by Judy Copeland and Diane Orso, Downing Place, Birmingham, AL asking all Alliances to create a basket
AMAF co-chairs 35223. Please make your checks to for the silent auction for Fall
We can heal your pain at the gas AMASA. If your county Alliance is Leadership Meeting with a travel
pump! That’s right and here is how. hosting a meeting with your medical theme. Some suggestions are a chil-
This year our prize will be $1,500 society before our Fall Leadership dren’s travel basket and adult travel
worth of gas cards (BP and Shell). Meeting (Aug. 24), please let us know basket for when you reach your desti-
You can use the cards yourself or give and we will send you tickets to sell at nation after hearing for miles “are we
some as a gift (a trip home your event. This is a fund- there yet?” Whatever travel theme you
for the holidays for raiser that can appeal to choose we know you will make it fun
children or even a everyone – who wouldn’t and travel-friendly.
few for stocking want the opportunity Also, please remember to partici-
stuffers). The to win $1,500 pate in the Holiday Sharing Card. It’s
tickets are $25 worth of gas a great way to help the AMA
and will be cards for a $25 Foundation and also send greetings to
available at our investment! If the family of medicine in your com-
Fall Leadership every member of munity.
Meeting in AMASA purchased Important note: Please sell tickets
Birmingham. If just one ticket, we for the gas card giveaway by Dec. 3
your county have the potential of and promptly send checks to Diane no
Alliance does not supporting the AMA later than Dec. 5. Thanks so much for
have an AMAF Foundation with up to your help as we raise money for the
chairperson (we $30,000. This is excit- AMA Foundation.
can’t imagine that) just ing!
send in your ticket Also, in keeping with P.S. As in the Beatles song “we
stubs to Diane Orso, 2511 our gas theme, we are need a little help from our friends.”
AMASA News 6 Summer 2008
Around the State
Madison County celebrates 75 years; will host Annual Convention
by Cynthia Moore, county president
We are excited as this coming year marks our
75th year as an Alliance in Madison County! Come
help us celebrate our Diamond Anniversary here in
Huntsville at the AMASA Annual Convention in
April. The event will take place in beautiful down-
town Huntsville at the Embassy Suites just in time
for Panoply, one of the largest fine arts festivals in
the southeastern United States! Music, activities for
children such as making crafts, face painting and a
variety of arts and crafts from regional artisans will
be available for purchase – all just a short walk
away from the Embassy Suites. So be sure to bring
the family for a fun weekend! MCMA receives a matching $7,000 grant from Huntsville Hospital’s
As our AED project is nearing completion of its Community Health Initiative. Pictured are Karen Kiss, Huntsville Hospital
Community Health initiative coordinator, David Spillers, Huntsville Hospital
goal (way to go, Kathy Murray!) we are considering
CEO, Kathy Murray, MCMA AED Project chair, Madison County Deputies
continued on page 8 Holloway and Rice, and MCMA President Cynthia Moore.
Jefferson County Medical Society Alliance has busy spring
by Angie Denton, county president techniques available for a more youthful Doctors’ Day at Olexa’s
The JCMSA enjoyed an eventful after appearance. Many ladies gathered in the
Christmas season. Our February speaker home of Celeste Waller to hear about new
was Donald Williamson, MD, Alabama developments in plastic surgery, hair
State Health Officer, who covered a wide replacement and skin fillers. The Rousso
range of topics amazingly well. We are Clinic provided wonderful goody bags for
grateful to Dr. Williamson for his time those in attendance. Celeste provided a
and to our host, Donna Huggins, for our lovely assortment of snacks enjoyed by
venue. all. We appreciate Nancy Rousso for
Our March meeting focused on honor- helping us arrange such an informative
ing doctors for Doctors’ Day with an program and Celeste for hosting our group. Paul and Emily Elliot
American Red Cross Blood Drive. Millie Our last general meeting was May 6 at
Christopher chaired this event and arranged the home of Susan Dasher. Darlene Real
for the Vestavia Civic Center to host the Higginbotham outfitted our member mod-
blood drive. Twenty pints of blood were els with clothing from Belk. Models
donated and several notes were mailed on included Cyndy Uncapher, Pam
behalf of donors to the doctors being hon- Cezayirli, Millie Christopher, Ginny
ored. Millie provided a great community Catalano, and Heidi Core. Susan Dasher,
service opportunity for us and we will Cindy Yeilding, Dolly Walker, and Nell
likely be repeated in the future. Williams are arranged and provided our
Jim and Dolly Walker
Also in March, Donna Huggins lunch. Officers’ installation also occurred
arranged our lovely Doctors’ Day at this important annual meeting. The
Celebration Dinner at Olexa’s in new slate of officers includes Angie
Mountain Brook Village. Sam Pointer Denton, president; Donna Huggins, presi-
provided music and a magnificent time dent-elect; Millie Christopher, 1st vice
was had by all who attended. We had 31 president; Cyndy Uncapher, 2nd vice
attendees at this yearly event that was a president; Dianne Luketic, 3rd vice presi-
delightful evening dent; Ginny Catalano, treasurer; Cindy
In April, Daniel Rousso, MD, gave a Yeilding, treasurer-elect; and Emily
wonderful presentation on many current Elliott, recording secretary. Pam Cezayirli and Cyndy Uncapher
Summer 2008 7 AMASA News
Around the State
Alliance to the Medical Society of Madison County, cont.
Mobile County a great new project in conjunction
with the Madison County Medical
Belong… Make a Difference… Grow! Society. This project, the Medical
by Janea Delmas, county president
Reserves Corp, would serve 14 North
Members of the Alliance to the Medical Society of Mobile County ended Alabama counties and will be avail-
the year with all sorts of exciting events. Our annual Spring Luncheon was able as an additional medical resource
March 12 at Bivona’s in Midtown with nearly 40 members in attendance. We in the event of an unforeseen disaster,
heard exciting news about Camp Rap-A-Hope and voted on bylaws changes. whether it is man-made or one of
The 4th Annual Tour de Lower Alabama Doctor’s Ride was a huge success. nature. We plan to help fund the proj-
In an effort to lead the way in promoting exercise as an integral part of a ect by bringing back our highly suc-
healthy lifestyle, local physicians, their families and friends took part in a bike cessful fashion show as our major
ride and a Doctor Dash. The Five Rivers Delta turned out to be an excellent fund-raiser for 2008-2009. The event
location. There were 105 people that participated and along with area sponsor- is open to the community and in years
ships, $18,000 was raised for Camp Rap-A-Hope and the Mobile Medical past, has enjoyed great support.
Endowment Trust. With Chris Conrad leading the way, the Alliance was pri- We will continue to support the
marily responsible for this event this year. Special thanks to Chris, Kim Screen Out! campaign to combat
Daniels, Mona Lyons, Lindsay Blankenship and Mary Kathleen Shaw, along smoking in movies by proceeding with
with all of the volunteers, for their time and effort to help make this event a hit! the collection of additional signatures
On May 6 new officers were installed by Mary Ann Lafluer, past county on petitions. We also hope to begin a
president. Elected board members include: Janea Delmas, president; Lindsay new health project that will provide
Blankenship, president-elect; Rebecca Castillo and Pam Gacek, programming financial support to a local halfway
vice presidents; Brandy Revels and Sue Eways, membership vice presidents; house for adults with special needs.
Julie Flotte, Ashley Burch and Karen Alford, ways & means vice presidents; I am looking forward to an exciting
Kristina Wood, communications vice president; Kim George, secretary; Jana year as Madison County president.
Simpson, treasurer; and Natasha Kendall and Kim Daniels, directors. We have several new and interesting
As we look ahead, Mobile County is excited about its upcoming events. We projects to keep us busy, not to men-
will partner with the American Cancer Society for the Making Strides Breast tion, we plan to have a record year in
Cancer Awareness Walk at Cooper Riverside Park on Oct. 25. Also, we are in membership! We are looking forward
the planning stages of our annual Fall Luncheon and our annual fund-raiser. to a fabulous year for Madison County.
MAEMA offers variety of opportunities to keep members involved
by Gina Izer, county president provided us scrumptious appetizers $19,000 to local health-related chari-
The Montgomery-Autauga- and delicious wines to sample. ties this year as proceeds from
Elmore County Medical Alliance has In April, we hosted the Alliance Physicians’ Pheast. In addition to
had a busy spring. March came in Annual Convention. (See related making a difference with our com-
like a lion with our Internet Safety story on page 1.) We also installed munity contributions this year, we
Health Promotion. Seth Hayden from our new officers in April. Kathy have also been able to provide our
Eternal Networks spoke about how Murray, AMASA’s newly installed members with several social oppor-
to protect your family from internet president, attended as our special tunities including our monthly book
predators. He was able to recom- guest and conducted the installation. club, weekly Bible study group,
mend specific programs to block The new officers are: Gina Izer, monthly supper club and bi-monthly
Internet surfing to questionable sites. president; Suzanne Davidson, presi- playgroup.
Additionally, he provided valuable dent-elect; Gage LeQuire, vice presi- We are making plans for fall,
recommendations for monitoring dent; Connie Matthews, treasurer; including an exciting kick-off pro-
children’s Internet habits, specifical- Amanda Adams, secretary; and Arla gram in September, our Pink
ly sites like MySpace. March went Chandler, associate treasurer. Luncheon in October, plus a joint
out like a lamb with our Doctors’ We are happy to report that we meeting with the Medical Society of
Day celebration. Derk’s Filet & Vine will be able to donate more than Montgomery County in November.
AMASA News 8 Summer 2008
Share your projects;
You are invited to attend the 2008
win prize money
by Donna Gosney, SMAA Projects chair SMAA Annual Meeting
It is always so inspiring to hear about the
wonderful projects carried out by the county Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee
Alliances in Alabama. So many good things August 7-9, 2008
are happening and we would really like to
share this news with our members in We would love for you to join us for the Southern Medical
Alabama and on a national level. It is very Association Alliance Annual Meeting in Nashville, August 7-9.
easy to do just that by documenting the proj- Alabama has a long tradition of involvement in SMAA, and this is a
ects done in your community in a scrapbook, wonderful meeting with many chances to visit with old friends and
video or display board. The projects are make new ones. The Opryland Hotel is a great place to stay, and
brought to the AMASA Annual Convention Nashville has something for everyone.
and entered into a competition sponsored by Nancy Brant, Georgia, will be installed as the SMAA president
the Southern Medical Association Alliance and the entertainment for the luncheon will be The NashTrash Girls
(SMAA). The top entries win prize money comedy team.
and are taken to the national SMAA meeting For information visit www.sma.org.
where they are considered for grand prizes
The categories eligible for judging are:
• Doctors’ Day Projects
• Medical Heritage Projects
• Health Education Projects, which
include: breast cancer awareness,
osteoporosis, and heart disease in
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (256) 381-2288, or go to www.sma.org
and link to Alliance for more information. I
will be glad to help in any way because we
would love to hear more about the projects
being done in Alabama.
Make plans to
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Fall Leadership Meeting
Introducing your Fall Leadership Meeting speakers
Sandi Frost Nancy Johnston Brant Heather, Melodee, Amanda and
American Medical Association Southern Medical Association Marlowe; and two grandchildren:
Alliance President Alliance President Alec and Gracie.
Sandi Frost Nancy
of Somerset, Brant is the Pam Varner, MD,
Ky., is the past president Medical Association of the State of
president of of the Bartow Alabama President
the American County Pam Varner,
Medical Medical MD, began
Association Alliance and her service to
Alliance the Medical MASA as vice
(AMAA) for Association of president in
2008-09. In Georgia 1996 before
Sandi Frost, AMAA president
this capacity, Nancy Brant, SMAA president
Alliance, being elected
she also serves where she cur- to an at-large
on the executive committee. Sandy rently serves as Dancy Fund chair. position on the
previously served as president-elect, She was also a member of the board of cen-
treasurer, director, legislation chair American Medical Association mem- sors in 1997.
Pam Varner, MD, MASA president
and as the Alliance representative to bership committee. She is presently a In addition to
the American Medical Association’s member of the Floyd Medical her service on MASA’s board, she has
council on legislation and as chair of Alliance in Rome, Ga., and serves as served on the Alabama Board of
the Legislative Education and an advisor to the board. Nancy served Medical Examiners and State
Awareness Promotion (LEAP) as the Southern Medical Association Department of Public Health.
Awards. Previously on the national Alliance president-elect last year; and In her 11 years on the board of cen-
level, Sandy served as a legislation has served as vice president of health sors, she has served on various sub-
committee member and as a reference education and Doctors’ Day, finance committees including the Third Party
committee member. Sandy currently committee chair, co-editor of the Task Force and subcommittee on
represents the AMA Alliance on the Southern Connection, and medical association affairs. Dr. Varner has
American Medical Association heritage and health councilor for been a leading advocate for the
Foundation board of directors. Georgia, as well as being a member of importance of organized medicine
Sandy has served the Kentucky the nominating committee and as among her peers in the academic
Medical Association Alliance in many chair of the Doctors’ Day judging arena. She was recognized in 2003 for
positions, including president. She committee. her efforts to recruit new members
remains active on both state and coun- In addition to her medical commit- and again in 2004 when she was
ty levels including serving on her ments, Nancy is actively involved in responsible for recruiting 93 new
state medical association’s PAC board her community. She is the president of members at UAB.
of directors and as her county legisla- Temple Rodeph Sholom; past presi- Dr. Varner is professor of medicine
tion chair. dent of the Darlington School Parent at the University of Alabama School
Sandy is a physical therapist with a Association and Fine Arts Booster of Medicine and an anesthesiologist at
degree from the University of Club as well as a past member of the UAB Hospital.
Kentucky and is currently employed board of trustees.
at the Dermatology Center of Lake She currently works as a substitute
Cumberland. Her husband, teacher at the Darlington schools. She
Christopher Frost, MD, is a dermatol- works with breast cancer awareness;
ogist. and tobacco cessation advocacy
issues, and produced a video, Strike
Out Spit Tobacco.
Her husband, Jeffrey, is an ophthal-
mologist. They have four children:
AMASA News 10 Summer 2008
Fall Leadership Meeting
Sunday, August 24 – Monday, August 25
Accommodations AMA Foundation Fund-raiser
Birmingham Marriott Each county Alliance should provide a travel-themed basket
3590 Grandview Parkway for auction at the meeting.
Birmingham, AL 35243
(205) 968-3775 Sunday, August 24
12:30 p.m. Registration
Deadline for room reservations is Aug. 14. 1:00 p.m. AMAF Fund-raiser
The room rate for AMASA members is 1:30 p.m MASA update by Pam Varner, MD, MASA president, and
$135 per night plus tax; rate includes Mr. Cary Kuhlmann, MASA executive director; and a
Monday breakfast. legislative update by Mr. Mark Jackson.
3:30 p.m Award Health Project Grants
Directions from Birmingham airport: 5:30 p.m. Depart for dinner
• Take I-20 East to I 459 South 6:00 p.m. Dinner at Grey House Grill in Soho (Homewood)
(Montgomery/Tuscaloosa). 8:00 p.m. Return to Hotel
• Remain on I-459 South to Exit 19
Monday, August 25
• Stay to the left following the Childersburg
and Highway 280 East signs. 6:45 a.m. Morning walk (bring your tennis shoes and walking clothes)
• Take a right at the end of the exit onto 7:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast in conference meeting room
Highway 280 East. 8:00 a.m. Brief business meeting
• Go to the second traffic light and turn left 8:30 a.m. SMAA update by Nancy Brant, SMAA president
onto Grandview Parkway. 9:00 a.m. Leadership workshop by Sandi Frost, AMAA president
11:30 a.m. Boxed lunch following adjournment of meeting
AMASA 2008 Fall Leadership Meeting Registration:
Name: Phone: Cell:
Number Cost per Please mail your registration form
Attending Person and checks to:
______ Registration fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $35 Donna Huggins
______ Grey House Grille dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $35 3908 Forest Glen Drive
______ Monday boxed lunch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 6 Birmingham, AL 35213
Total enclosed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ________
Make checks payable to JCMSA.
Please let us know in writing if you have any special needs so we may accommodate them.
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