The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Feb. 23,  2014 

Vol. 3, No. 24



March 1

MedDrop SA

St. Benedict Church

4535 Lord Road


Dispose of unwanted medicines safely.


For more information or to download a poster for your office,




March 3-4

28th Annual Conference on the Prevention of Child Abuse

Omni Colonnade Hotel


Sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Texas


For information, 




Sunset Advisory Commission meets to plan review schedule for 2014-15


Congratulations to Dawn Buckingham, MD, Austin ophthalmologist, on selection as a public member of the commission


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer


On Feb. 19, the Sunset Advisory Commission, chaired by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) met at the Capitol to begin plans for setting a review schedule of a number of state agencies currently under Sunset review.


The Texas Legislature created the 12-member commission in 1977.  Its role is to review the policies and programs of government agencies every 12 years.  Among the agencies currently under review are:  HHSC, Workforce Commission, Facilities Commission, SOAH and UIL


Dawn Buckingham, MD, was selected by the Lt. Governor as a public member of the Senate group.  Dr. Buckingham is from Austin and currently represents the Travis CMS as chair of the TMA Council on Legislation.


Stay tuned to this column for updates on public hearings and commission reports as information becomes available. To learn more about the Sunset Advisory Commission and to see a list of the Commission members, click here and here.


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





Unsung Hero honored


Michelle Walsh from Schaner Plastic Surgery was named the BCMS Unsung Hero for January.


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.


Walsh was nominated by Dr. Patrick Schaner, who stated, "Michelle is a dedicated individual who is constantly looking for opportunities to grow our practice. Her attention to detail has allowed the rest of the staff to focus on the attention to our patients. We are very lucky to have a passionate member whose main focus is the delivery of quality care and patient satisfaction.


"Aside from being a hard worker for our practice, Michelle has worked closely in our commun

ity to assist local battered women. Her volunteer work has allowed these women to focus on building their lives back and build a brighter future for them and their children," he said.


Physician members: Please remember to recognize your "Unsung Hero." Monthly deadlines and additional information are at


PHOTO ABOVE, FROM LEFT: Dee, Dr. Patrick Schaner, Michele Walsh (seated), Jacque and Jessica



Coahuila mayor requests donations of retired ambulances, mammogram equipment

The newly elected Mayor of Muzquiz, Coahuila, Luis Santos, recently visited the city of San Antonio to request a donation of retired ambulances as well as X-ray equipment for mammograms.


The Muzquiz Municipal District does not have any special medical  equipment necessary for early detection of breast cancer, thus necessitating women to travel distances of up to three hours to get a mammogram. For a population base of more than 68,000 people, there is only one ambulance, which is managed by their Red Cross and was donated in the past through the Rotary Club network.


Bexar County Medical Society members are invited to come forward if they are able to help with this request.  All questions can be directed to the International Relations Office of the City of San Antonio by email or by calling 207-8101.







March issue of San Antonio Medicine




Palmaz Award nominations sought


Nominations are being sought for an innovator who has made significant contributions to healthcare and the biosciences for this year's ninth annual Julio Palmaz Award for Innovation in Healthcare and the Biosciences.

For purposes of the award, "innovation" is broadly defined to include advances in patient care, public policy, leadership, education, technology and other arenas within healthcare and the biosciences.  The award recognizes novel ideas that have been put into action with tangible, transformational results.

While nominees for the award may come from anywhere, an effort is made over time to balance the selection of local candidates with national or international nominees.  This year's process will focus on local candidates. A list of previous recipients is available here.  

The recipient will be selected by BioMed SA's Palmaz Award Committee and will be invited to speak at an awards dinner later this year.

To nominate an individual, please complete and return the Nominations Form. Click here  to download the nomination form. Feel free to share this information with your colleagues.

Nominations are due by March 10 and should be addressed by mail or email to: Donna Miller, BioMed SA, 602 E. Commerce St., San Antonio, TX 78205, (phone: 229-2118).






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