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2017 ISMS Annual Meeting Highlights
From April 21-23, physicians from around Illinois gathered in Springfield for the 2017 ISMS Annual Meeting
and House of Delegates.
Doctors devoted three days to discussing hot topics, reviewing healthcare proposals and establishing policy
priorities for the Society.
For a full recap of new policies adopted by the House of Delegates, visit www.isms.org/HOD.
Dr. Howard Chodash served as Speaker of the House of Delegates and Dr. Laura Shea serves as the District 5 Trustee.
SCMS Delegates were Craig Backs, M.D., Jeffrey Bennett, M.D., Andrea Castaldo, Eli Goodman, M.D., Jacob Lanter,
Roderick Matticks, M.D., Bright Odei, M.D., and Sohail Siddique, M.D.
SCMS New Offering: Access to Home and Auto Insurance
SCMS is excited to offer current members, immediate family and staff, access to Home and Auto Insurance (one policy, one premium, one bill, one deductible) through our partnership with Lee O'Keefe Insurance and West Bend. Click here for more details.
Simply call our office at 726-5106 for the code, add the code to your quote application (second page under referred by "other").
Cheri and Lee O'Keefe will help you with the rest.
If you are currently not a member of SCMS and would like to take advantage of this benefit, please give us a call about becoming a member!
New Affordable Dental and Vision Insurance Plans Available for All SCMS Members!
The Sangamon County Medical Society is excited to offer current members and their staff access to affordable Dental and Vision insurance plans through Delta Dental of Illinois, featuring the largest network of dentists in the nation!
This is not your traditional employer sponsored Dental & Vision Plan. There are no employer participation requirements. Your employer does not have to contribute toward the premium. Employers and employees can pay for their coverage individually. The plans are voluntary and offered as a benefit to members and their families.
The initial plan year began on December 1st, 2016. We are being offered the opportunity to enroll in these programs during a special enrollment period that runs from March 1st through April 30th, 2017. If you enroll during the special enrollment period, any dental or vision expenses you have incurred on or after December 1st, 2016 may be submitted as a claim to Delta Dental for reimbursement.
The Delta Dental Insurance plans pay 100% for preventive and diagnostic services such as exams, cleanings and x-rays. Additionally, with the Delta Dental PPO plan, deep discounts are provided for services such as fillings, crowns, root canals, and more, with an annual maximum benefit of $1,500 per person. If you select the Delta Dental DHMO, you have an unlimited annual benefit for most covered services, including coverage for orthodontia. Please note, the DHMO network has very limited selection in Sangamon County.
The Delta Vision Insurance plan provides comprehensive coverage, including a routine eye exam once every 12 months for a small copayment, discounted lenses or contact lenses once every 12 months, and $130 frame allowance every 24 months. There is even a benefit payable if you purchase your glasses or contacts at a non-participating provider! Just send in your receipt and receive a check back for the annual benefit allowance. It is as simple as that.
As an SCMS member, you now have access to comprehensive dental and vision plan options that are both affordable and easy to use!
Please click here to visit our enrollment website to learn more about the different plan options.
If you have any questions, please call or email the SCMS office. Benefit Partners Group is pleased to offer dedicated customer service representatives to assist with any questions or concerns you may encounter during the enrollment process. You can reach toll-free live support between 9am and 5pm at (877) 247-8817.
Medical Innovators is a program of the Sangamon County Medical Society in partnership with Springfield Clinic, SIU School of Medicine and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce recognizing the scientists, clinicians, and other medical providers working within the Mid-Illinois Medical District on significant medical treatments, clinical trials and/or medical research.
Please take a moment to view the following Medical Innovators as they discuss their research.
Nine Medical Innovators were recognized on March 10th at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation in Clinical Treatments and Basic Science Research. Five of the Innovators are younger than 40 and received the distinction of "Young Innovator".
A special thank you to our sponsor:
Brandon Cox, PhD was recognized as a 2016 Medical Innovator based on her research in "Cell Regeneration in the Ear to Restore Hearing". https://youtu.be/d-2bTjKYSXA
Arun Sharma, MD, MS was recognized as a 2016 Medical Innovator based on his research in "Robotic Surgery in Patients with Head and Neck Center". https://youtu.be/qbOlENTSCFk
Andrew Wilber, Ph.D. was recognized as a 2016 Medical Innovator based on his research in "Cancer Fighting Natural Killer Cells". https://youtu.be/78LcY4P-JLs
Medical Innovators 2016 Congrats,
Video Now On SCMS YouTube!
On March 11, the Sangamon County Medical Society hosted the 10th anniversary Medical Innovators Award Conference at the Memorial Medical Learning and Innovation Center. The program, established in 2006, has recognized 46 physicians, surgeons, and other researchers working in Sangamon County to improve the healthcare of the community. Innovators from 2006, 2009, and 2013 were invited to share a brief update on the projects honored in those years. The depth of the research and community service demonstrated in earlier years has been maintained and extended in the past decade. Projects involving tinnitus, growth hormone and aging, hearing loss, treatment of soft tissue infections with new, more effective, and safer antimicrobial agents, new treatments for psoriasis, Alzheimer's disease, depression, hemoglobin disorders, and hepatitis C were all highlighted.
Prominent among the previous community service projects was the work of Dr. Judith Knox who had helped lead the Springfield City Council in 2013 to introduce a ban on indoor tanning for persons under 18 years of age. The work has been extended to state legislation and will ultimately result in a great reduction in the incidence of skin cancers among persons who had previously tanned indoors.
In 2016, the innovations have continued. The recognition program was introduced by Dr. Carl Gold, President of the Sangamon County Medical Society. Keynote speaker was Dr. Thomas Anderson, President-Elect of the Illinois State Medical Society. He has been active in ISMS since 1975. After graduation from Harvard Medical School, he became a diagnostic radiologist and currently practices at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center.
I served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening and was pleased and honored to recognize the great contributions of the nine honorees for 2016. The included:
1) Tamar Abdelhak, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurology for Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Abdelhak has led groundbreaking studies of minimally invasive evacuation of central nervous system hemorrhages.
2) Glen Aylward, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at SIU. Dr. Aylward has updated the Bayley Four Scale of Infant and Toddler Development to define preschool children in the early stages of developmental abnormalities.
3) Brandon Cox, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at SIU. Dr. Cox is studying cell regeneration in the ear to restore hearing, beginning with a model in mice that may translate to human improvements in hearing.
4) Alberto Colombo, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineer with the Division of Urology at SIU. Dr. Colombo is studying nickel-titanium shape memory alloys to provide a simple and safe solution to the widespread condition of erectile dysfunction.
5) John Flack, M.D., M.P.H., Professor and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at SIU. Dr. Flack is studying the effects of high dose vitamin D to help treat hypertension in African-Americans.
6) Sabha Ganai, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, SIU. Dr. Ganai is studying hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) to treat cancer in the abdomen.
7) Michael Neumeister, M.D., Chairman, Department of Surgery, SIU. Dr. Neumeister is using tissue engineering to restore deformities in the face and extremities of patients who have suffered injuries or have required reconstruction because of malignancies.
8) Arun Sharma, M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor, Division of Otolaryngology, SIU. Dr. Sharma is studying the use of robotic surgery in patients with head and neck cancer to allow reduction of tissue injury and the minimization of swallowing abnormalities following such operations.
9) Andrew Wilber, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medical Microbiology, Immunology, and Cell Biology, SIU. Dr. Wilber is studying natural killer cells in the body to help fight cancer. He had previously been honored as an innovator in 2013 for his gene therapy for severe hemoglobin disorders.
A highlight of the program was the presentation by Mayor James O. Langfelder of the Mayor's Innovation Award, granted to Dr. Neumeister as the Innovator of the Year.
The program to recognize innovators in the community has been an ongoing project of the Sangamon County Medical Society. All physicians and other scientists in the greater Sangamon County community are recognized for their great contributions. Such leadership has kept our area in the forefront of medical care in Illinois. We thank all of our sponsors including Springfield Clinic, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Illinois State Medical Society, and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
Donald R. Graham, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Reasons to Join SCMS and ISMS
Please take a few minutes to review the reasons to join the Illinois State Medical Society and Sangamon County Medical Society.
We are working for you!
We are excited to hear your questions and comments regarding membership.
We want to support all physicians in Illinois and need your help in making our voice stronger locally and state wide.
Join today. Let's show our community and legislators that we are taking back our profession.
Sangamon County Medical Society Dr. Alonzo H. Kenniebrew Scholarship Fund congratulates the graduates
of the Physician Pipeline Preparatory Program. "Results Beat All Argument" - Dr. Alonzo H. Kenniebrew
Continuous Membership Is Now Available!
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