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Maricopa County Medical Society Names new CEO

Sara Presler, JD has been named CEO/Executive Director of the Maricopa County Medical Society (MCMS) and Medical Society Business Services. The appointment, which was made by MCMS’ Board of Directors, will begin in December 2012. Founded in 1892, the Maricopa County Medical Society is a not-for-profit, voluntary association for physicians committed to promoting excellence in the quality of care and the health of the community, and to present and serve its members by acting as a strong, collective physician voice. More than 2600 members strong, MCMS supports physicians through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, education, volunteerism, philanthropy and professional development activities.

Presler brings more than 10 years of experience in law, community relations, and organizational management to the Maricopa County Medical Society. Before her appointment to MCMS, Presler served two terms as Flagstaff Mayor, General Counsel for Southwest Windpower, and in private law practice focusing on ethics and business law. She began her career as an attorney for children and behavioral health patients.

In each of her positions, she has focused on establishing and maintaining sustainable operations by applying strong expertise to long-term, mission-centric strategic planning. Presler will collaboratively work with the Board to achieve data-driven outcomes based growth, and the development of innovative products and services for Members and the community. The focus of Presler’s career has been the innovation and enrichment of programs to improve community health.

Board President, Michael R. Mills, MD, MPH said Presler has been a key Arizona leader and looks forward to her leading the Medical Society. Dr. Mills states, “Presler is a seasoned professional and is well suited to serve our Physician Members. I am a native Phoenician and I encourage our community to welcome Presler. You will find Sara has the expertise and passion to serve our medical profession and our community.”

Daniel Lieberman, MD, President-elect emphasizes Presler’s strong philanthropic and community relation skills as an asset to Members. “As physicians, we are closest to the patients, and, therefore, have the best understanding of what is wrong with the current system and how to fix it. We have traditionally helped our patients navigate the healthcare system; it is now our responsibility to change the system for the better on their behalf. Presler will lead the Maricopa County Medical Society toward fulfilling this responsibility.”

Presler holds a degree in History and English from Northern Arizona University and a J.D. from Michigan State University.  She is a Flinn Brown Fellow and alumni of the Flinn Foundation’s Civic Leadership Academy’s inaugural class. Presler is an active member of the State Bar of Arizona and serves on the board of the United Way of Northern Arizona, Northern Arizona Healthcare Childhood Obesity Board, and is an Honoree for the Donor Network of Arizona, a few of her many philanthropic and community efforts.

Presler will succeed interim executive director, Alex Miles, who assumed the duties of the position after Daniel Mitten’s relocation to Oregon in November of 2012.

About Maricopa County Medical Society: Celebrating its 120 year anniversary in 2012, the Maricopa County Medical Society encompasses the Bureau of Medical Economics, a medical collection agency; Medabytes computer services; Greater Arizona Central Credential Program, a primary source, auditing and application service; and was the founding incorporator for what is now known as the Arizona Foundation for Medical Care. For more information, visit www.mcmsonline.com.

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Maricopa County Medical Society Celebrates 120 Years Of Excellence

In 1892, 20 years before Arizona was admitted into the union, a small group of physicians from across the greater Phoenix area joined together to form the state’s first regional medical association – the Maricopa County Medical Society (MCMS). These physicians banded together in order to address and rectify the challenges of frontier medicine not knowing the legacy they would leave.

One hundred and twenty years later, as MCMS celebrates a milestone anniversary, the leadership of the Society and its members are committed to continuing the legacy of their founding fathers: to promote excellence in the quality of care and the health of the community; and to implement efforts through which professionalism in medicine is enhanced, and the ethics and quality practice of medicine are fostered and preserved.MCMS

But most importantly, what runs deep and is a common thread to physicians of yesterday and today, is their dedication to making sure their patients have access to timely care and that their rights and choices are supported.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead our local, grassroots professional organization into its 120th year of service to our community, and it is my privilege and great honor to serve as MCMS’ 118th president,” says Dr. Michael R. Mills, founder of Arizona Digestive Health, the largest GI group practice in the country.

“MCMS has an extensive and rich history of addressing the needs of physicians our community and advocating for our patients. In a year where political headlines will dominate the news and threaten to polarize our country, physicians must come together in solidarity, recognizing our common desire to preserve and protect the essence of our noble profession.”

Dr. Mills, who has served on MCMS’ Executive Committee, Board of Censors and the Board of Directors as a Central District Director, takes over for outgoing President Nathan Laufer, MD.

Dr. Mills’ presidential agenda is to push for solidarity with all practicing physicians within Maricopa County and the state, establish philanthropic and educational programs with community organizations, work with Arizona medical schools to develop mentorship programs for future physicians, and increase MCMS membership and retention.

Dr. Mills’ commitment to the mission, vision and values of MCMS are shared by the following officers, marking a continued commitment to strong leadership for MCMS: Daniel M. Lieberman, M.D., president-elect; Miriam K. Anand, M.D., vice president; Suzanne A Sisley, M.D., secretary; and Michael Grossman, M.D., treasurer. Each officer serves a one-year term.

Joining the 2012 officers and board of directors are the following physicians, who were elected to serve a three-year term as directors: Kelly Hsu, M.D., Central District; Timothy M. Daley, M.D., Mark R. Wallace, M.D and Christina S. Reuss, M.D., were all elected to the Scottsdale District.

“With the many challenges facing physicians in 2012 and beyond, it is critically important that our association understand the needs and concerns of all physicians so that we can continue to work together to find solutions to the ailing healthcare system,” said Daniel F. Mitten, executive director and CEO of MCMS.

For a list of the entire MCMS Board of Directors, visit mcmsonline.com.