William W. Hope, MD - President
Letter from the 2018 President
Happy New Year! It is truly an honor and a pleasure to serve as 2018 President of New Hanover-Pender County Medical Society. We are completing a Celebration Year, the 150th Anniversary of the Medical Society, a true accomplishment, Dr. Ricciardelli, and something of which the Society should be very proud. Going forward, we will continue with the long tradition of what has made this Medical Society meaningful and relevant to the profession.
We are fortunate to live in the Greater Wilmington Area. Apart from the wonderful things that our corner of Southeastern NC offers such as the beautiful beaches and spectacular weather, we are further spoiled. We have a world class medical community. We have a hospital that is committed to improving the health of our community. This year, the Medical Society is proud to highlight some of the innovative things going on in our medical community and some of the special talents of our physicians. We will honor physicians who have made significant contributions and mourn the physicians we have lost in death.
As medicine constantly changes and becomes more complicated, the Medical Society will continue to provide an avenue for physicians to come together in a collegial environment and remind us of the reasons we became physicians. I look forward to a great year of continued success – both of the organization that is NH-PCMS and of the medical community at large. I hope to see many of my colleagues at various events throughout the year and appreciate the support from the Wilmington community and our hospital.
Letter from 2017 President
It has been an honor to serve as the president of New Hanover Pender Medical Society for 2017. As I look forward to what is surely to be an outstanding year for the society under the leadership of Dr. William Hope, I am reminded that the more things change, the more they stay the same. The medical society continues to improve and adapt in meeting the rapidly changing aspects of healthcare, communication, and physician leadership in the community. But one thing remains unchanged. The medical society must serve as a bridge between physicians, between physicians and community, and between new and older physicians.
While the medical society pushes forward improvements in communicating through social media, the website, and email, we still must remember that there is no substitute for face to face interaction. And throughout last year, I have heard the membership tell me that the time spent “catching up” with friends and meeting new physicians in the community has been the most valuable aspect of our meetings. The 150th celebration, the celebratory events like the holiday party, and the time before and after general meetings have helped to reacquaint members.
We have lost too many venerable and cherished friends this year. And perhaps their last lesson to me was this. The medical society plays a role I never realized until I sat this year, meeting after meeting, listening to the unbelievable legacies these great men and women have left behind for us. The medical society is the perfect venue to see the commonality of two worlds. The world of house calls, twenty-four/seven call, bartering, and the new world of instant access to medical literature, social media, virtual consultations, and robotic surgery. And as I sat back and observed the mixing of these two worlds at these meetings, I learned that the fundamental need for physician-physician support and interaction has not changed. Many thanks to the medical society members and staff for their contributions in 2017.