Formerly known as the Allen County Medical Auxiliary until the late 1990’s, the FWMS Alliance has a long and remarkable history in its service and support of Northern Indiana and the family of medicine.
Founded in 1939, the function of the Auxiliary, then as now, was to serve adjunct to the Fort Wayne Medical Society, as a group composed of physician spouses who are dedicated to the needs of the community through health programs, education, medical career scholarships, legislation, and the support of the personal and professional lives of physicians and their families.
Having been established during World War II, the then-Auxiliary saw its duty to necessarily include the war effort, by assisting the Red Cross Blood Bank, the Community Chest, U.S.O., and seeing the formation of several War Service Committees. In 1944, of the 123 Auxiliary members, 47 of those members had physician spouses serving in the military. In response, the role of the Auxiliary also served to support its own members during this pivotal time in our nation’s history.
Eighty years have passed since the institution of the Alliance in Fort Wayne, and each decade has presented its own challenges and advancements, but the basic tenets set forth from the beginning have endured to this day. Through avid volunteerism, and fundraising efforts, the Alliance continues to serve our community and the family of medicine in a multitude of ways.
With an active participation in legislative matters at the state and national levels, the Alliance has continually worked to protect quality healthcare that allows physicians to practice for the ultimate benefit of their patients. A Legislative Chairperson works diligently to keep the Alliance informed of important and upcoming legislative issues that will affect healthcare and its impact in our state, and also serves to represent the Alliance at Medicine Day held each year at the Statehouse. For over 25 years, the Alliance has worked in tandem with the Fort Wayne Medical Society to hold a Legislative Dinner, offering local physicians and spouses the occasion to meet our local and state representatives one-on-one to discuss the important issues affecting healthcare.
Finally, the Alliance has an enduring history of providing a caring network for physicians, spouses, and their families. Other than offering a meaningful way to work together on medically related projects in our community, the Alliance also provides the opportunity for social interaction. Through various events during the year, like the Fall Membership Social, the FWMS Annual Meeting and Dinner, or the Book Club, friendships and a support system are created for families in the healthcare community.