The El Paso County Medical Society was created at a meeting of local physicians on January 4, 1879. The first president was William Strickler, elected that year.
During this time, patient care was provided in physician offices and homes. The first clinic was established in the mid-1800’s when the Midland Railroad opened an employee infirmary with Dr. B.P. Anderson, a founding member of EPCMS, as the staff physician. The leading causes of death in the state at that time were Tuberculosis, Typhoid, Scarlet Fever, and Diphtheria
In 1918, the international influenza pandemic reached the region, and the local physicians, City Health Department, and the entire community cooperated to establish an effective quarantine strategy.
In the spring of 1924, the society was working to get all milk sold in the city pasteurized. By 1931, they were working to pass legislation at the state level, Senate Bill 34, entitled “A Bill for an Act to Prevent Smallpox Epidemics”. The summer of 1934 brought an outbreak of diarrhea, enteritis and typhoid to the city. The medical society recommended to local communities in the area that waste sewage treatment plants should be built to prevent the further contamination of local streams as the water from those streams irrigated locally grown vegetables; by 1939 they were recommending chlorination of local water supplies.
The El Paso County Medical Society remained active during the service of local physicians in the two World Wars, continuing its mission to improve the practice of medicine and the health of the community as the area changed during the Post-war years. The scientific program offered to members of the society in April 1950 was titled “Recent Advances in Antibiotics and Chemo-therapeutic Agents in the treatment of Tuberculosis.” At this event, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Association requested the society provide medical coverage for their Labor Day event.
The practice of medicine continues to undergo rapid transformation . The top four causes of death in Colorado today are malignant neoplasms, heart disease, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and unintentional injuries. On February 9, 2017, El Paso County Medical Society became part of ProPractice, a bigger organization offering expanded expertise and support to medical practices.
Today, the society continues its mission to better the health and physicians of the community as ProPractice.