History in the making
The organizational meeting of the North Carolina Association Medical Staff Services (NCAMSS) was held in Fayetteville on November 4, 1987 and was sponsored by Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Twelve people attended this initial meeting with representatives from Fayetteville, Raleigh, Elizabethtown, Wilmington, Lumberton, Asheville and Durham. Initially, it was the intent of those coordinating this initial meeting to establish a local chapter, however, based on the overwhelming interest from those who attended it was decided to pursue the establishment of a statewide organization.
The second meeting of the NCAMSS was held on January 12, 1988 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Medical Staff Services Professionals from all hospitals in the state were issued an invitation to attend. The response to the establishment of a state organization was very positive and by November 1988 the NCAMSS had approximately fifty (50) members.
Since its beginning, the NCAMSS has offered one-day educational conferences and networking sessions on a quarterly basis. These continue to be well received and well attended. In May 1990 the NCAMSS held its first regional annual conference in Asheville. These regional annual 2-3 day conferences have continued to be held each year since.
The NCAMSS has grown to a membership in excess of 150 members and continues its efforts to meet the educational and networking needs of Medical Staff Service Professionals and Provider Credentialing Specialists from across the state of North Carolina as well as its members from Virginia and South Carolina.