A non-profit professional membership organization serving current and future physicians and promoting the health of communities in southeast Minnesota
Zumbro Valley Medical Society (ZVMS), a non-profit professional membership organization, represents physicians, residents, fellows, and medical students in southeastern Minnesota (Dodge, Fillmore, Houston, and Olmsted Counties).
ZVMS is a Component Medical Society (CMS) of the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA), providing local resources and services to members. MMA was established in 1854, four years before Minnesota officially became a state in 1858. ZVMS began in 1934.
In addition to our involvement in the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA), ZVMS members sit on the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) as Minnesota and Specialty Society Representatives. They are also representatives on the Resident/Fellows and Medical Student Sections of the AMA.
ZVMS’ current activities include networking opportunities, legislative advocacy, the promotion of healthy environments, and community service.
Highlights of ZVMS’ accomplishments in the community include:
ZVMS has been instrumental in community and personal disaster preparedness awareness (Bounce Day)
ZVMS supported legislation that reduced the risk of melanoma from using tanning beds. ZVMS worked with local legislators for its success
ZVMS supported the retrofitting of Rochester school buses to suppress diesel exhaust
ZVMS supported Methamphetamine Task Force Recommendations
ZVMS advocated for the Enhancement of Emission Control at the Silver Lake Power Plant
Three ZVMS members testified to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizens Committee at a public hearing in opposition to the proposed construction of the Preston Tire Burning Facility (Drs. Hodgson, House, Nobrega)
ZVMS was the leading medical society in Minnesota to work and speak publicly statewide for the enactment of the Freedom To Breathe Act, which banned tobacco products in public areas and recently supported restrictions on the use of E-cigarettes
ZVMS advocated to the Rochester School Board for healthier food and beverage choices for students in a letter by the ZVMS President.