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ISMA regional legislative events help you foster relationships with legislators
e-Reports, Dec. 5, 2011
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During the past two months, many of your colleagues seized the opportunity to meet with legislators by attending one of the ISMA’s six regional legislative dinners, held in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Mishawaka, Schererville, Newburgh and Jeffersonville. Both legislators and ISMA members told the ISMA they were pleased with the evening-time forums.

Leg dinner 1
Fort Wayne legislative panel: (left to right) Rep. David Yarde, Rep. Bill Davis, Rep. Matthew Lehman and Rep. Phyllis Pond

"I was delighted that the location was conveniently located relatively near my office. Otherwise, I could not have attended," noted New Albany physician Mary Lynn Bundy, M.D. "Having the chance to talk to legislators one on one is just invaluable. I thought the format was excellent. Each legislator was introduced and given an opportunity to speak."

The meetings focused on the next Indiana General Assembly and other health care-related issues. Also, the ISMA-sponsored physician economic impact study was discussed.

Leg dinner 2
(left) In Indianapolis: (left to right) Rep. Randy Frye and ISMA Immediate Past President Brent Mohr, M.D.

(right) In Newburgh: (left to right) Ralph Rogers, M.D., talks with Mike Rinebold, ISMA director of Government Relations, and Rep. Ron Bacon.

“We were very happy with the turnout,” noted Mike Rinebold, director of ISMA’s Government Relations Department. “Legislators were happy to meet their physician constituents and physicians were happy to have personal time with their legislators.”

Rinebold said similar forums are being planned for next year.

Physician of the Day gives you an insider’s view at the Statehouse
In one day, you can meet legislators from around the state and complete your volunteer service by serving as a Physician of the Day at the Indiana Statehouse.

The program allows you to treat minor ailments of legislators and their staffs while providing you a chance to personally observe the legislative process.

Volunteers are needed this February. For information, contact the ISMA’s Ambre Marr at (317) 261-2060 or (800) 257-4762.

Leg dinner 3

(left) In Indianapolis: (left to right) Jeremy Sullivan, M.D., and Sen. Connie Lawson, with ISMA Speaker of the House John Wernert, M.D., M.H.A.

(right) In Jeffersonville: (left to right) Rep. Steve Davisson and Rep. Edward Clere talk with Stephen Baldwin, M.D.

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