The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Oct. 19,  2014 

Vol. 4, No. 6


To reserve tables and buy tickets, click image above





BCMS Unsung Hero honored

at Urology San Antonio 



(Front row, from left) Elizabeth Martinez, human resources liaison; Abbey Forney, communications director; Unsung Hero Mary Casiano, automation engineer; and Gloria Clark, chief operations officer.

(Back row, from left) Alan Winkler, executive director; Dr. Clayton Hudnall, board president; Dr. William Harmon, board vice president; and Steve Flageol, director of finance. Photo courtesy Urology San Antonio 



Mary Casiano, automation engineer at Urology San Antonio PA, was named the BCMS Unsung Hero for September.


The Unsung Hero program allows BCMS members to recognize their office managers/administrators for their dedication and hard work in assisting physicians in delivering the best attention and care to patients.


Casiano was nominated by Dr. Clayton H. Hudnall, who wrote: "Mary is one of those quiet individuals who excels based on an inner drive, who brings insight to every project, and whose exemplary ethics and strong values guide her life and her interactions with others."


Casiano joined the practice in 2006 as an administrative assistant, and graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word in December 2013 with a degree in engineering management. Casiano has reworked staff scheduling, developed internal systems for accounting and budgeting, and currently oversees a major update in the practice's information technology.


"She is selfless in her desire to help others, claiming, 'Look what we did,' when the work was exclusively hers," Dr. Hudnall said. "Whether it is integrating complex spreadsheets or redesigning clinical workflows, she completes tasks efficiently, on time and below budget. We call her our 'Automation Engineer' but her real title should be miracle worker."


Physician members: Please remember to recognize your "Unsung Hero." Monthly deadlines and additional information are available by clicking here




TMA Business Boot Camp: Take Charge

of Your Finances


8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Nov. 3


Conference Room

6243 IH-10 West,

Suite 600


To register,

click here



44th Annual Dinner of the Friends of the

P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library


'Fighting the Third Army: Combating the Ailments and Injuries of the American Civil War'

Michael A. Flannery,

guest speaker


Nov. 6

6:30 p.m. cash bar

7 p.m. dinner 

Old San Francisco Steak House

10233 Sahara St.


For information, email



For reservations,

click here







TMA honors science teachers


The deadline for nominations for TMA's Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching

 is Oct. 25.



To learn more,

click here





With midterm elections just around the corner, BCMS physicians continue visits

with elected officials


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer 



On Oct. 14, BCMS members, Michael Battista, MD, and Buddy Swift, DO, attended a reception in honor of another good friend of medicine, state Rep. Lyle Larson (District 122) at the Islamorada Fish Company.  Pausing for a photo (above, from left) were Dr. Swift, Mary Nava, Larson and Dr. Battista.


On Oct. 15, BCMS President-elect James Humphreys, MD, joined TMA advocacy staff, Darren Whitehurst and Dan Finch and also BCMS executive staff, CEO Steve Fitzer and Mary Nava in a meeting with Congressman Joaquin Castro (District 20) to discuss a number of issues physicians are facing at the federal level, including SGR, red-tape administrative hassles and the Geographic Practice Cost Index (GPCI).


For local discussion on this and other advocacy topics, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary Nava.


Lecture: 'The Archaeology of Health in the Ancient Mediterranean World'





Dr. Alain Touwaide will present a lecture on "The Archaeology of Health in the Ancient Mediterranean World" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in Chapman Hall at Trinity University.


The event is free and open to the public.


Dr. Touwaide is a science historian who specializes in the history of medicinal plants in the cultures that flourished around the Mediterranean Sea from antiquity to the 17th century CE. His lecture is sponsored by the Southwest Texas Archeological Society (SWTAS), a branch of the Archeological Institute of America.


Financial support is being sought to cover the approximate cost of $2,000 for expenses. Contributions of all sizes are appreciated by the SWTAS, which is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions can be sent to AIA SWTAS.  The check should be mailed to: Laura Childs, 2858 Burning Log, San Antonio, TX 78247. The check should stipulate Touwaide Lecture.
















 About The Weekly Dose 

  The Weekly Dose is a service of the Bexar County Medical Society.

Some of the suggestions conveyed may not be applicable to your practice today, but the goal is to offer information over time that returns value in excess

of the cost of your membership.

If you would like to recommend future topics to share with your colleagues,

please submit them to the BCMS Executive Director at steve.fitzer@bcms.org.

All rights reserved. Unauthorized use prohibited.

Copyright © 2014  Bexar County Medical Society, San Antonio, Texas.



Forward email

Bexas County Medical Society
| 6243 I-10 West, Suite 600 | San Antonio | TX | 78201