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outgoing President's message

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t was once said that "change is the only constant in life." As I look back on the landscape of
healthcare in Berks County over the last two years, this observation clearly holds true. From
shifting dynamics in our local medical systems to new challenges in healthcare legislation, our
organization continues to evolve while remaining an active and relevant voice in representing our
county's physicians.

Gregory T. Wilson, D.O.
President

Without question, our ability to survive these challenging times is a direct result of the tireless
efforts and dedication of many of our members. I am truly fortunate to have worked with the many
talented individuals in our society leadership, but I want to take this opportunity to thank several
people in particular for their on-going commitment to our organization. Over the last two years,
through the hard work of Dr. Dan Kimball and our financial committee, we have been able to
clarify our financial standing, leading to a more balanced budget. The large donation made by Dr.
Pat Sharma to our Educational Trust - by far the most generous in our society's history - will allow
future generations of physicians to benefit from the programs it funds. Also, I want to recognize both
Dr. Andy Waxler for his on-going advocacy in the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College
of Cardiology and Dr. Lucy Cairns for her exceptional work as editor of the Medical Record. I
want to offer sincere gratitude to Dr. Mike Baxter and TJ Huckleberry for countless hours of work
and their unquestioned devotion to the success of the medical society. Finally, I know I speak for
our membership when I thank the leadership of our local health systems and local legislators for
supporting the Berks County Medical Society. Clearly, such collaboration is beneficial for both our
providers and our patients. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with all of you.
As we are all aware, the future of healthcare is challenging, not only at the state and national
levels but also locally. By supporting the Berks County Medical Society, our members become part
of the solution to threats such as the effort to bring back venue shifting for medical liability cases
in Pennsylvania, increasing regulatory requirements, rising physician burnout, and the ever-present
opiate epidemic. Fortunately, we have a fantastic group of in-coming officers; a new generation of

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