Twin Cities Medical Society

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The Twin Cities Medical Society was launched on January 1, 2010 following the merger of the East Metro Medical Society and the West Metro Medical Society.

The East Metro Medical Society (EMMS), formerly known as the Ramsey County Medical Society and Ramsey Medical Society, was established in 1870.  Thomas R. Potts, M.D. served as its first president.  This new name was adopted to more clearly reflect the geographic communities represented by the society, which included Ramsey, Eastern Dakota, and Washington Counties. Under the leadership of Ronnell Hansen, M.D., president and the EMMS board of directors, discussions with the West Metro Medical Society were entered into culminating with the merger of the two organizations, creating the Twin Cities Medical Society.

The West Metro Medical Society (WMMS) was the oldest medical organization in continuous existence in the State of Minnesota.  Originally chartered as the St. Anthony and Minneapolis Union Medical Society in 1855, the name of the society changed several times to include Hennepin County Medical Society, Hennepin Medical Society, and West Metro Medical Society.  Alfred E. Ames, M.D. was the first president of the medical society.  Richard D. Schmidt, M.D., served as the final chairman of the WMMS Board of Directors. WMMS represented physicians living and/or working in Anoka, Carver, Western Dakota, Hennepin and Scott Counties in Minnesota.

As a result of the merger, the Twin Cities Medical Society now holds the original organizational structure and boasts the historical legacy of both predecessor organizations.  Edward P. Ehlinger, M.D., MPH, was appointed as the first president of the Twin Cities Medical Society as specified in the official plan of merger.

The mission and work of both organizations centered on representing medicine’s local voice with a longstanding history of advocating for physicians and the practice of medicine.

Notable accomplishments of the medical societies throughout its recent history include:

  • Led the initiative for second-hand smoke prevention at the local level by enacting smoke-free ordinances in cities and counties in the seven-county metro area leading to the statewide comprehensive smoke free law known as the Freedom to Breathe Act.
  • Formed Physicians Health Plan (PHP), currently known as Medica Health Plan.
  • Formed Foundation for Health Care Evaluation, currently known as Stratis Health
  • Formed Midwest Medical Insurance Company, a medical liability insurance carrier
  • Co-founded Center for Cross Cultural Health, an organization charged with integrating culture into health care delivery.
  • Founded Medical Credentialing Services of Minnesota, which provided centralized credentialing services to metro-based physicians.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 April 2010 12:18