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Tanner, HeatherFort Wayne Medical Society – Alliance Heather Tanner, President

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We would like to announce that our Doctor’s Day project won an AMA-A Honorable Mention – Health Awareness Promotion (HAP) Award for the “Careers in Medicine” Irwin Elementary school project in the Community Service/ Health Education catego­ry as a Continuing Project at the county level. The Irwin student winners were announced and presented with ribbons at their school.

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Irwin Elementary School student winners

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Doctor’s Day at Science Central



The health career scholarships program is the original community program of the Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance. We have offered health career scholarships for over seven decades. This year we are fortunate to partner with SYM Financial Advisors in order to offer one more scholarship. We also have a new “brand” name, Alliance Scholars, hon­oring our 75 years of contributing to health career scholarships.

Our focus is to continue to develop and fund health career scholarships at the local level. These scholarships are intended to enable nursing, physical and occupational therapy, radiology and surgical technology students to pursue associate or bachelor’s degrees in healthcare fields. The population served those healthcare students enrolled in local accred­ited healthcare programs. Through our schol­arships, we hope to reach a diverse student group that is in need of financial aid.

Over 75 years our Health Career Scholarships have:

• Awarded 44+ scholarships in the local health care field

• Reached students at IPFW, University of St. Francis & Ivy Tech Community College

• Consistently distributed over the last 75 years: totaling over $44,000 within the last 15 years

Our scholarship recipients for this school year are:

• Cassandra Lomont – USF-Nursing

• Zachary Dennis – Radiography-IPFW

• Micayla Quinones – USF-Nursing

The scholarships presentation will be at the respective schools’ Pinning or Honors ceremony by a member of the FWMS-A Scholarship Committee. SYM is invited to join in the scholarship presentation. This approach will bring recognition to the impor­tant goal of the FWMS Alliance: to develop and fund health career scholarships at the local level. With continued generous support by Alliance members, we will be able to continue and grow the Alliance Scholars program. To be involved with the scholarship program contact the chair at:



On April 11th, the 2015 Cinderella Dress Day was a huge success with more than 400 young women in our commu­nity benefiting from medical and health information provided at the event, and of course gorgeous gowns, jewelry, and accessories to wear to their prom. Sixteen hundred beautiful dresses were available for this event and all items were provided absolutely FREE through generous donations in our community. Huge thanks to Peerless Cleaners for all their support! This year participants came from 44 different zip codes and 43 different schools. We cannot wait until next year. If you would like to be part of the CDD fun, contact Mary Kate Dohl at

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The FWMS Annual Dinner was held at Sycamore Hills on Wednesday, May 13th. It was a great opportunity to reconnect with old and new friends. Dr. Singleton passed the gavel to Dr. Young as the new president of the Medical Society. The dinner program honored longstanding members of our medical commu­nity celebrating 25 and 50 years of distinguished service. Dr. Sage Lee was also honored for her many dedicated years of service to the Medical Society. That evening the Alliance also present­ed the “Serving with Grace” award to recognize all Alliance past-presidents. It was through their commitment to the mission and purpose of the Alliance that we are celebrating over 75 years in this community. We currently have 102 FWMS Alliance members, 44 ISMA Alliance members, and 29 AMA Alliance members. If you have yet to pay your dues, members can now utilize our website to pay online anytime.

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Our Spring Luncheon was held at Castle Gallery on Wednesday, May 20th. Twenty-five guests enjoyed a delicious brunch while reconnecting with friends among beautiful art work. ISMA-A President, Betty Canavati, installed Heather Tanner as President of the FWMS Alliance.

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From the Alliance family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful summer. Be sure to mark your calendars and join us on Friday, August 21st for IU School of Medicine –Fort Wayne Docs vs. Suits softball game, and on Sunday, August 23rd for the Alliance Annual BBQ.

Looking forward to the fall, we have the Alliance Fall Tea in September, the Legislative Workshop in October, and the Alliance Holiday Bazaar in December. Updates will be available on our website for times and locations,







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To support medical education.

To promote community health education.

To protect the future of medicine through legislative advocacy.

To establish a support base with physician spouses who have similar goals and interests.

To raise funds to: sponsor a Super Shot site, support the Health Careers Scholarships, and assist with any special health care related needs or requests that arise during the fiscal year.


AMA-FOUNDATION—Supports excellence in research and education in our nation’s medical schools.

CINDERELLA DRESS DAY—An annual event where used prom dresses are collected and donated to high school girls.

DOCTOR’S DAY—An annual event where we rent Science Central for a day and give elementary school children an opportunity to learn more about how to keep their bodies healthy.

HEALTH CAREERS SCHOLARSHIPS—Each year, three or four nursing, radiology, or surgical technician students receive a $1000 scholarship to help them with their medical education.

LEGISLATION—The Alliance co-sponsors a 12th District Legislative Workshop for physicians to interact with their legislators and discuss health care issues.

MEDICAL SCHOOL LIAISON—The Alliance supports medical students at IU-Fort Wayne by providing snacks and beverages throughout the school year.



FALL MEMBERSHIP—An opportunity for new members to the medical community to meet old members.

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON—Festive get together with a fundraising component to it.

SPRING MEETING—Last social meeting before schools out and summer begins.

BOOK CLUB—Meets the first Tuesday of the month from Sept. through May at 9:30 a.m. to discuss a pre-selected book.

SHARE AND CARE—Provide support or comfort to medical families in need.

YEARBOOK—A handy member’s directory with all events and activities listed. This is underwritten by generous sponsors.

Executive Leadership

President: Heather Tanner

President-Elect: Vacant

Secretary: Tania Boyd

Treasurer: Nasreen Ahmed

Immediate Past-President: Preeti Jain

Committees and Chairs

AMA Foundation: Jeri Sidel

Book Discussion Group: Open

Cinderella Dress Day: Char Pierce, Jane Wuthrich & Wendi Wallet

Communications: Jennifer Bojrab, Mary Kate Dohl & Jane Wuthrich

Doctor’s Day: Maria Krach & Deanne Baker

Legislation: Cami Pond

Medical Education Liaisons: Holly Linna

Membership: Betty Canavati & Heather Tanner

Alliance BBQ and Docs vs Suits: Betty Canavati & Cami Pond

Fall Membership Event: Betty Canavati & Angie Collins

Holiday Bazaar & Luncheon: Jennifer Bojrab & Dawn Davis

Member Election Brunch: Preeti Jain

Scholarship: Melissa Somerville & Tania Boyd

Share & Care: Veydra van de Leur & Marcia Laker

Calendar of Events

March 1, 2014 – Doctor’s Day at Science Central

March 20, 2014 – Executive Board Meeting at IU Med School

April 12, 2014 – Cinderella Dress Day

April 17, 2014 – Election Brunch & General Meeting – FWMS

May 2014 – Annual Meeting with FWMS & Installation of Officers

May 15, 2014 – Pass the Gavel Board Meeting

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Veydra van de Leur, President




FWMS – Alliance Betty Canavati, ISMA – Alliance President

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Throughout the year, the Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance works in conjunction with many local sponsors who support not only our mission and purpose but also our programming with their generous financial contributions.

Holiday Luncheon

At our annual Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 3rd, 2014 at the FW Country Club, Alliance members and their guests enjoyed private shopping with local area businesses: Castle Gallery (Jody Hemphill Smith), Emily Kai, Matilda Jane (Sara Spit-ler), Modern Muse Jewelry (Vivian Tran), Monogram Shoppe (Sara Keltsch), Arbonne (Preeti Jain), Thirty-One Bags (Sara Ensign), CAbi (Nancy Gouloff-Grabner), Skin Care Solutions (Rachelle Hanson), and St. John’s Orthodox Church Baklava, who all generously donated 10% of their sales that day back to the Alliance. Over $1000 was raised for the Alliance to use towards their Health Careers Scholarship program.

A three course meal was served and Lana Hoffman, a nurse with the Healthier Moms and Babies organization, gave participants an informative presentation about their work with the Burmese population in our community. In support, Alliance members brought much needed items from the HMB wish list to the luncheon for donation. The Alliance would like to thank all who attended! We cannot do what we do without participation.

20th Annual Doctor’s Day

The FWMS Alliance endeavors to educate children in the science of medicine, while also providing information to help them and their families to be healthier.


FWMS Spring Alliance doc day committee

Doctor’s Day Committee: Maria Krach, Jennifer Bojrab, Deana Croussore (Lutheran Health), Lindsay Brown (Parkview Health), Dawn Davis and Betty Canavati (absent Deane Baker)


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Jennifer Jordan and Tania Boyd


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Marion University Medical students with Mayor Henry


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Nancy Gouloff-Grabner and Cammy Sutter


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IU School of Medicine medical students with Mayor Henry

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Working in conjunction with area health care professionals, the Alliance is proud to have developed Doctor’s Day into one of the longest-running health fairs in our area with record attendance of over 2,500 in recent years. On Saturday, March 7, our 20th Annual Doctor’s Day was held at Science Central. The event ran from 10 am to 3 pm with free admission until 2 pm thanks to the continued and generous sponsorship of Lutheran Health Network, Parkview Health, and the FW Medical Society Foundation, with the added support of SYM Financial Advisors this year.


FWMS Spring Alliance ribbon cutting

To mark our 20th year, Mayor Tom Henry conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 am to kick off the day’s events! In addition, the Alliance collaborated with Irwin Elementary School (a Fort Wayne Community Science and Math magnet school) on a “Careers in Medicine” contest, which was offered to 3rd-5th grade students. They were asked to highlight a career in medicine that interested them through an essay, poster board, or power point presentation. To get them started, the Doctor’s Day committee visited Irwin and presented the students with the contest guidelines (including researching the education necessary for the chosen career, listing some of the daily activities associated with the job, and why they chose to highlight that particular career), and short descriptions of 24 different careers in the medical field for them to consider. They could choose one of the careers listed or seek out another area of interest on their own.

Principal Ingrid Laidroo-Martin and the teachers at Irwin were instrumental in implementing the contest and helping to narrow the 149 entries to the top three from each class (18 projects) for our panel of judges to evaluate. The Doctor’s Day committee, along with three physicians, Ronald Baker, Paul Bojrab, and Keith Davis, met to review the 18 finalists. Through a numbered point system, results were recorded and tallied to reveal 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from each grade. The winners were recognized at Doctor’s Day, where they presented their projects at 1:30 pm in the Lincoln Financial Demonstration Theater. All students received a ribbon and the 1st place winners received a one year family membership to Science Central, in addition to a gift certificate to the gift shop.

As in previous years, there were over 30 interactive booths featuring health-related and medical career information, hands on children’s activities, live demonstrations by local physicians and health professionals, an ambulance for kids to explore, and hospital helicopter landings. We had 20 healthy food bags providing breakfast, lunch and dinner for a day donated by Alliance members and over 50 children’s items and four bikes with helmets given out throughout the day.

The Alliance would like to thank our many volunteers and supporters who make this day a successful community service project!

Health Careers Scholarships

Part of caring for our community includes preparing for the future. The Alliance is committed to the field of medical education and supports this cause with annual health career scholarships. This is the 14th year that the Alliance has supported students studying Surgery Technology, Radiology Technology, Physical Therapy or Nursing. This year, we are pleased to announce a new scholarship partner with SYM Financial. Melissa Somerville and her committee spent a great deal of care reviewing and selecting two winners in March. Once selected, the winners were listed on our website on the scholarship page. Since their selection was after this articles due date, specific information about the winners will be shared in the Summer Quarterly edition.

Ribbon cutting ceremony


In the midst of fundraising and organizing our community projects and programs, Alliance members become friends. We are here to support and encourage each other while fulfilling our mission and purpose. Membership is at the heart of the Alliance. Come, join us and see where you can use your talents to better the community in which you live. Visit us on our website or check us out on Facebook. We cannot wait to meet you.

Upcoming Events

The Alliance will be hosting the 14th Cinderella Dress Day on Saturday, April 11th from 9 am until noon at the IPFW Ballroom 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne. This event is open to any female high school student. We will be educating our participants on relevant health care information for young ladies, and will provide the opportunity to select a prom dress, shoes, purse and accessories. This event has really grown over the past few years and we anticipate high attendance this year. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Mary Kate Doyle at

The Fort Wayne Medical Society and FWMS Alliance Annual Dinner is on May 13th. This year we will be enjoying a special evening at the Sycamore Hills Country Club. Please contact Alice DiNovo at to reserve your spot.

Save the Date:

The Alliance Spring Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, May 20th. Co-Chairs Maria Krach and Betty Canavati are planning a really nice event. Invitations will be sent out mid-April. Please check our web-site for further information.


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The 75th Anniversary Gala celebration was a huge success because of all the dedicated physicians, spouses, families and sponsors that participated in this great event.

We would like to say a special thanks to all our Gala sponsors.

Major sponsors included:

Women’s Health Advantage Parkview Regional Medical Center Lutheran Health Network Bradley Gough Diamonds

Other community sponsors included:

Lake City Bank All Star DJ’s ONE FWO SYM Financial Advisors Medical Protective Longsworth Law SweetCars Ignite Marketing DWD Ceruti’s Catering FW Newspaper Northeastern Group Realty Kelly Automotive Group PPG Cardiology Sipe Finishing Century 21 Realty Mercedes Benz FW Medical Education Program FW Medical Society Foundation IN State Medical Society-Alliance IU School of Medicine Fort Wayne

Spring 2015