Since 1889, But Where Is It Now?

Faults & FoiblesBy 2017-10-05T10:31:28+00:00 On October 5th, 20170 Comments

Finding the Whatcom County Medical Society

From the 19th century to the 21st century things have changed drastically. Though executive director April Montiel professes that the medical society relies on email for communication, it doesn’t seem to have mastered the Internet yet.

Currently, depending on where and how you search online (I’m exclusively Google) the following is what you’ll turn up if you enter Whatcom Medical Society into your browser.

Whatcom County Medical Society
800 E Chestnut St
Bellingham, WA 98225
360-676-7630

Whatcom County Medical Society
4545 Cordata Parkway
Bellingham, WA 98226
360-676-7630

Northwest Washington Medical Society
4545 Cordata Pkwy, Ste B835
Bellingham, WA 98226
360-676-7630

Northwest Washington Medical Society
2219 Rimland Drive, Suite 301, Office 364
Bellingham, Washington 98226
360-676-7630

Four or five years ago, according to Montiel, the society changed its name from the Whatcom County Medical Society to the Northwest Washington Medical Society. In the intervening years, the society’s office was relocated and now resides at its Rimland Dr. address. Though Montiel says the society informed the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) of its current address in January 2017, WSMA has still not updated its list of County Medical Society’s.

Complicating matters even further, the Whatcom county medical society chose a new name that omits its county location, thereby knocking itself out of alphabetical order and complicating finding it on WSMA Web site page titled County Medical Societies. Other societies include combined counties but retain a county name to help in finding information about them.

“They” say information on the Internet is there forever, but verifying that is beyond the scope of this article. If the assertion is true, though, then the plight of the medical society can only get worse. Montiel admits she has no idea how to take down outdated posting to rid search results of long abandoned address and other obsolete information, which puts her and the society in the same boat as all the rest of us with obsolete Internet history. Maybe the society’s Web site designer can answer that question.

The “last straw” in this information abomination was my last look at the Northwest Washington Medical Society’s current Web site as a final check on this article. When I clicked on Contact on the Web site it brought up a screen with a map depicting the local of the society showing the following address 4545 Cordata Parkway, Suite B 835 Bellingham WA United States 98226. Beneath the map was the following text:

2219 Rimland Drive, Suite 301, Office 364, Bellingham, Washington 98226 360-676-7630.

 Could any amount of effort make the situation more confusing?

 

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