Local County Medical Societies Unify Under Single Organization
Monday, September 16, 2019
ORLANDO – The Orange County Medical Society, Inc. (OCMS) and Seminole County Medical Society (SCMS) are pleased to announce their unification creating a singular physician organization in Central Florida, the Physicians Society of Central Florida (PSCF) that will represent the interests of physicians practicing in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties.
“This will be remembered as an historic moment for organized medicine in the region with the coming together of these two organizations that have such a long and proud history. It is bold move but also an obvious evolution as we strive to meet the needs of our physician members throughout this growing region”, noted Ryan Hall, M.D., President of the Seminole County Medical Society.
Dr. Darin Wolfe, President of the Orange County Medical Society added, “The goals of this merger are to provide physicians with a unified vision and strategic advantage as we address the needs of our members and the future of our profession. The merger will provide us with unprecedented focus on regional politics, regional health care needs, practice management tools and resources, and a singular focus on steadfastly supporting the interests of physicians throughout this community.”
The Orange County Medical Society was founded in 1906 while the Seminole County Medical Society was founded in 1927. The Osceola County Medical Society has been inactive in recent years.
Dr. Darin Wolfe has been elected as the initial President of the Physicians Society of Central Florida. The Board of Directors for the new organization will be comprised of existing physician leaders from Orange and Seminole County as well as Deborah German, M.D., Dean of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, and Joan Meek, M.D., M.S., Dean of the Orlando Regional Campus of the Florida State University College of Medicine. The Board of Directors also includes regional representatives and local Medical Students and Residents.
Both leaders stressed that while the name of the associations are going to change, the mission of the new organization will remain to promote access to quality medicine, a competitive marketplace to promote quality and lower costs, and to advance the practice of medicine in our community. The organizations will merge their charitable efforts under the Physicians Society of Central Florida Foundation and will expand their Political Action Committee to include a focus on candidates for office throughout the region.
About the Physicians Society of Central Florida (PSCF)
The PSCF was founded in 2019 as collaboration between the Orange and Seminole County Medical Societies. The PSCF represents over 900 allopathic and osteopathic physicians, residents, and medical students in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole County. Our mission is to advocate for the highest quality of health care, while ensuring freedom of choice, and access to affordable medical care.
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Physicians Society of Central Florida
1215 East Robinson Street, Orlando, FL 32801