History of Tarrant County Medical Society
The history of Tarrant County and its medical profession date back to the 1850s when our county was formed, and the first physician came to Fort Worth. In 2003, the Tarrant County Medical Society (TCMS) celebrated its One-Hundredth Anniversary, with it now being in existence for 117 years.
In a historical chronology of the Society, Dr. Margie Peschel, chairwomen of the now retired Centennial Committee writes: “The society has a rich medical history, and it is impossible to separate the history of the Society, the history of the hospitals and the history of Tarrant County. Each has developed simultaneously and has exerted a profound influence on the other…Medicine can do, and has done, great good for the people of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.”
In 1903, when TCMS was formed, some 30 physicians from across the county were holding occasional meetings to discuss problems in community health and medicine. Office visits at that time cost one dollar and a house call from a physician traveling by horse and buggy was two dollars. Throughout the decades that followed, physicians volunteering through the TCMS addressed dozens of public health issues and helped shape the medical community we enjoy today.
Some of the issues that TCMS physicians have worked to address throughout the years include; keeping the city’s milk supply safe, the influenza epidemic in 1918, organizing charity care in Fort Worth during the depression, medical assistance to citizens during two World Wars and free polio vaccinations in the 1960’s. TCMS physicians have been an integral part of the fabric of Tarrant County.
The Tarrant County Medical Society Building - TCMS' new home.
The Tarrant County Medical Society serves as the physician’s advocate by linking medicine to the community. The Medical Society awards more than $30,000 each year in scholarships for students training in allied health fields. The Society administers recognition and awards to outstanding community contributors in health care and to physicians who work nationally and internationally to provide superior medical services. In 2011, TCMS created Project Access Tarrant County, which will allow physicians to expand health care access to the uninsured and under served of our area. To date, PATC has enrolled 1,800 patients and has had some 500 physician volunteers offer their time and skill to help Tarrant County under served.