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Sun Gazette: Medical Society Gets Centennial Salute on Centennial Print


Created:  Tuesday, February 11, 2014  11:45AM


The centennial of the Arlington County Medical Society is receiving accolades from the General Assembly.

A resolution sponsored by Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th) and backed by the entire Arlington delegation salutes the organization, which this year is celebrating its 100th birthday.

The society “has consistently strived to foster good doctor-patient relationships, ensure quality patient care, and keep members informed of developments in the medical field,” notes the resolution, which is expected to win passage in both houses of the General Assembly.

The organization was founded in 1914 as the Alexandria County Medical Society, as what is today known as Arlington was until 1920 known as Alexandria County. The county’s name was changed that year by the General Assembly, and the medical society’s name quickly followed suit.

Five decades ago, members of the Arlington County Medical Society assisted in supporting a community-wide distribution of polio vaccine, an effort that led to formation of the Arlington County Medical Society Foundation, which through the years has provided charitable, educational and scientific support to the community.

The legislative resolution notes the close collaboration between the medical society and the Arlington Free Clinic, which grew out of the society’s health-access committee. The Free Clinic, located on Columbia Pike, provides medical services to uninsured in the community, and many members of the society volunteer their time.

The society’s cancer committee through the years evolved into the Sharon McGowan Breast Health Fund, which helps to provide cancer screenings and treatment to women in the community.