TCMA/ TCMAF is a group of physicians/spouses/partners residing in Travis County whose mission is to assist the community with health related needs and foster social networks for the families of medicine.
Financial grants are awarded annually to local organizations to enhance the health of central Texans. The 2022 grant recipients are the Austin Black Physician Association (ABPA), HalfHelen Foundation, Hope Clinic, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), Saint Louise House, Volunteer Healthcare Clinic, and the TCMS Physician Wellness Program. Additionally, the TCMA volunteers with Sacred Heart
Operating as usual
Our “Hard Hats for Little Heads” program donated 60 new bike helmets to Austin’s 100bikesforkids.org . Began as a
father-daughter summer project in 2020 that grew big! They accept and repair used bikes for north Austin kids in need.🚴🏻♀️🤗💯🚴🏻♀️
Dr. Mitchell Wong is a prominent physician in Austin who has a very interesting story. He established Austin Eye and has since retired. Austin History Center, Austin Public Library features a fascinating look at his roots in this video. https://youtu.be/MdOY93EiYxA
Wong family - Austin Revealed: Pioneers from the East Growing up as part of one of the first families of Chinese descent in Austin, Dr. Mitchel Wong "wasn't looking for prejudice, wasn't looking for any animosit...
Our TCMA Foundation recently obtained a grant for Round Rock’s Sacred Heart Community Clinic Diabetes Care Program from the TMA Foundation.
It provides medical supplies, prescription meds, and nutrition education to improve the health and quality of life of uninsured people with chronic conditions in central Texas
TCMA members Lori Benold, Christi Dammert, and president Jenny Stern receive the Advocates of Health Award from TMAA president Jennifer Lewis at the annual AllMed conference in Houston
Highlight of the year for the TCMA - awarding $53k to this year’s 7 grant recipients at the Star Hill Ranch old west venue: Austin Black Physician Assoc, half Helen, Hope Clinic, NAMI of Central TX, Saint Louise House, TCMS Physician Wellness Program & Volunteer Healthcare Clinic. These non-profits work to support the physical and mental health of central Texans…congratulations to 2020-21 TCMA president Christina Fenrich Volunteer of the Year!
Thank you Total Wine & More for your donation to our fundraiser, Party With A Purpose.
Thank you Fighting 69th Whiskey for joining our Party With A Purpose and keeping our spirits high!
At the 2022 Party With a Purpose, local and state medical leaders shared short videos of gratitude to our Travis County physicians.
Celebrating the TCMA’s fabulous 60’s vibe Palm Springs Cool Party With a Purpose benefiting our community grant recipients and honoring our family of medicine. Many thanks to all our generous donors and in-kind donors.
Just in time for the holidays, the TCMA/TMA’s program - Hard Hats for Little Heads donated 34 bike helmets in collaboration with the Ghisallo Cycling Initiative. The kids were all smiles, and thrilled with the new bikes and helmets which were distributed to underserved areas of Austin.
If you are healthy and able to give, please consider donating blood on a regular basis.
We’ve said it before — when the going gets tough, Central Texans come together. Can you help us end our community’s blood shortage?
National news coverage of shortages gripping our country mirrors what is happening in Central Texas. The need for blood transfusions locally far outpaces the number of donations We Are Blood is able to collect following the holiday season and as donor turnout worsens due to this newest phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result of this coverage for this crisis, we are seeing an immediate response from our friends and neighbors, with donor center appointments filling in the short term. However, the need is so great that it exceeds our daily capacity. For this reason, appointments are encouraged at mobile blood drives that still have appointments and at donor centers into next week and beyond.
The drivers of our local shortage are not a spike or mass casualty event; they are the cumulative effect of new realities like population growth, higher frequency of traumas, and amazing healthcare procedures now available locally to Central Texans.
Thankfully, each of us can play a role in ensuring our community’s blood supply grows to meet that need. You can help by booking an appointment soon and making blood donation a regular way you support the community. https://weareblood.org/donor/
TCMA members enjoyed a special tour and history of the Texas State Cemetery followed by a delicious lunch at the nearby Paperboy eatery in East Austin today.
TCMA preparing and dropping off a light meal for the 40+ moms at Saint Louise House - one of this year’s 2021-22 grant recipients.
Our first in- person general meeting in almost 2 years! Fascinating presentation by local historian Ellen Balthazar on the development of Westlake (Eanes/Rollingwood area) from Zilker along Bee Cave Rd to Capital of Texas Hwy which was isolated from Austin due to the Colorado River and Barton Creek and no bridge until 1886.
half Helen’s Optical Prime mobile vision screening unit that serves both adults and children around Austin. TCMA’s newest grant recipient!
TCMA’s Alliance Arts group enjoying a guided tour of the newly revitalized Kingsbury Commons in Austin’s historical 84 acre Pease Park🌳
Get Vaccinated Austin Central Texas, please get vaccinated.
Many thanks to all who contributed and participated in today’s apartment set-up for a new Saint Louise House family. A cozy new home created in just 3 hours 💕🏠
Photos from Texas Medical Association Alliance's post
Volunteers Needed to assist TCMS with AISD Student Physicals.
Alliance friends, let’s keep our volunteering momentum going strong with an opportunity to assist TCMS physicians as they perform physicals on AISD student-athletes, marching band members, and cheerleaders.
Alliance volunteers will assist physicians, nurses, and physician assistants by chaperoning during visits, directing traffic as students move from one station to the next, and scribing.
TCMS partners with AISD each year to provide underinsured students with required physicals. This years event will be held at AISD’s Toney Burger Center at 3200 Jones Rd, 78745, near Mopac and Hwy 290 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on the following dates:
Monday, May 17
Wednesday, May 19
Friday, May 21
Monday, May 24
Click here to sign up.
Happy to provide helmets for this great biking initiative!
Alliance members help spread some pizza cheer to first year medical students. 🍕
Lara Norris has been prepping floral arrangements to be delivered with Party with a Purpose packages later today. Hope to see you later this evening!
Sign up to participate in First Tuesday’s during this important legislative session.
It's a new month, and TMA has a new Legislative Update for you! Sign up for the Tuesday, April 6 Legislative Update at https://www.texmed.org/FirstTuesdays/
Texas physicians advocating for medicine at the Capitol.
If you know someone moving for residency, this may help.
TMA Offers Low-Interest Loans for Residency Relocation Expenses To help offset the costs of ongoing medical training, the Texas Medical Association offers low-interest loans for relocating to your residency program.
Join the Travis County Medical Alliance on April 10th at our Texas Springtime Round-up! TCMA volunteers will be bringing the 2021 Party with a Purpose to your home. Included in delivery will be a fabulous catered meal, the makings for a craft cocktail, and a themed gift. We also plan on hosting a virtual celebration via Zoom that evening to bring Alliance members, spouses, sponsors, and friends together so we can learn more about our grant recipients and celebrate a successful year of service, advocacy and fellowship. Although it won’t be our usual Party With a Purpose, it will certainly be one to remember. So pull on your boots, grab your best cowpoke, and join in on the Alliance's 2021 Texas Springtime Round-Up! It wouldn't be the same without you!
Menu (vegetarian and gluten free options available):
Appetizers: blue cheese & tarragon deviled eggs, citrus-poached shrimp salad stuffed avocado
Dinner: field green salad, bourbon-glazed meat loaf, smoked gouda mashed potatoes, spring farm vegetable saute, buttermilk biscuit
Dessert: peach cobbler
A huge thank you to all the physicians who didn’t hesitate to reveal their heroic side during this past year.
Thank you to The Flower Social for a fun flower decorating workshop via zoom.
Log in today for this TMAA seminar.
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: TMAA Enrichment Series: How to Improve Health Through Physical Fitness. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. During this hour, we will define what wellness and health actually mean and how they are interrated as well as focus specifically on physical fitness to improve our overall wellness. This will be an interactive live course presentation and we encourage discussion throughout.
Look for your Party With A Purpose invitation...going to email addresses today!
Congratulations Dr. John Abikhaled on being named as Ascension Seton Physician of the Year, he was nominated by his peers.
links.communications.ascension.org John has extensive experience in abdominal hernia repair, such as inguinal, umbilical, incisional, ventral, epigastric, and hiatal hernias. He performs laparoscopic and open hernia repairs. In addition, he is an experienced laparoscopic surgeon, treating gallbladder disease, colon disease (including...
Our own Beth O'Farrell is featured on the TMAA page!
Beth O’Farrell has held many leadership positions for Travis County Medical Alliance & Foundation over the years. A diligent and strategic thinker, she is always kind and professional. Holding a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from University of Nebraska Omaha, TCMA is fortunate to have her expertise in tackling the challenges of this pandemic.
Beth is currently VP of Medical Affairs for TCMA. In addition to being an active participant in First Tuesdays in the Districts, she recently developed a Capitol Watch Happy Hour for members to gather virtually to learn and discuss the latest news in Texas politics and TMA advocacy priorities. She also is credited with establishing a streamlined process for the TCMA community grant program, which is no small feat!
Beth is married to Dr. Kevin O’Farrell, a General Surgeon with Austin Regional Clinic. She has two daughters, Caroline (RN, BSN), currently working in an ICU at Ascension-Seton in Austin); and Emma, a senior in TCU's Nursing program.
SECOND EDIT: The flower decorating portion of this meeting is now scheduled for March 23, 2021 at 10am. Look for the Zoom link in Vital Signs.
EDITED TO ADD: Due to flower delivery supply issues, the flower class will be postponed to a later date, but the meeting will still be held for important Bylaws and Board votes. Stop in to say hello!
❄️❄️❄️Next Tuesday's (February 16th) General Meeting will be postponed by 1 week to February 23rd due to expected inclement weather! ❄️❄️❄️
The Travis County Medical Alliance in the news for helping with vaccine clinics.
Local vaccine partnership targets left out health care workers Thousands of local healthcare workers not affiliated with large hospitals are finally getting the COVID-19 shot.
A coalition led by the Travis County Medical Society has successfully vaccinated over 3,500 local front-line healthcare workers and first responders.
This critical vaccination effort was made possible through a public private partnership that includes Code 4 Emergency Services, Travis County Medical Society, Travis County Medical Alliance, St. David's HealthCare, Austin Independent School District, and Austin Public Health.
In late December, Austin based Code 4 Emergency Services identified that front-line medical workers lacked access to the vaccine. As a Licensed Health Care Organization and vaccination distributor, Code 4 reached out to the Travis County Medical Society, which has represented the medical profession in Travis County since 1853 and has a long history of responding to public health crises dating back to the Polio vaccine.
In order to get the COVID-19 vaccine to phase 1a health care workers in need, a coalition of organizations came together:
Code 4 Emergency Services provided the vaccine, medical professionals, and logistical know how
AISD provided the venue, security, and janitorial staff
Travis County Medical Society provided outreach, call takers, and support staff
Travis County Medical Alliance provided volunteer greeters and scribes
St. David’s HealthCare provided supplemental vaccine
On December 28, Code 4 accepted delivery of their first vaccine allocation and within hours opened a clinic. Since then, through the incredible efforts of the coalition, more than 3,500 doctors, clinical staff, and first responders have been vaccinated. These clinicians are now in the process of receiving their second dose, marking a major milestone for our local medical community.
Alliance members were once again honored to assist with the Travis County Medical Society and Code 4 Emergency Services Vaccine clinic January 14-16, 2021. Members scribed for EMS crews administering the vaccine, assisted registration and traffic control efforts. One EMS worker stated "we couldn't have done this without the help of the Alliance!"
You can choose to either pick up your Floral Center Piece kit The Flower Social The Flower Social ATX for $40 on 2/15 between 11-5, or choose to have it delivered for $60 on 2/14 or 2/15. Only tools at home needs is scissors.
The Flower Social
5501 North Lamar Blvd.
Can't wait to see y'all there! DM for Zoom information.
TCMA is a group of physicians and their spouses/ partners in Travis County. We help support the medical needs of the following community nonprofits: Austin Children's Shelter, Partnerships for Children, Hospice Austin, Safe Place, St. Louise House, Volunteer Healthcare Clinic & Casa Marianella. TCMA also helps support political endeavors of the medical community and provides educational, networking and family events.
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