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Tributes to Past Officers

Celebration of Legacy

Celebrates the Legacy of Richard Baker, CPMSM, CPCS (August 8, 1960—March 29, 2012).

Richard served as our leader, educator, and mentor for medical services professionals in Florida and all over the United States. We had the pleasure of knowing Richard in many important roles for the Florida Association Medical Staff Services (FAMSS). Richard’s legacy included FAMSS Secretary, Emerald Coast Chapter past president, FAMSS Web Site and Education Committee member, and Certification Workshop speaker regarding NCQA standards and medical terminology.

On a national level, he served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Credentialing & Peer Review Legal Insider and Briefings on Credentialing, and past National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) Education Committee Chair and Board of Directors. He also served as past president of the Michigan Association of Medical Staff Services.

We will miss Richard in his meticulously ironed western shirt and boots that he governed himself with pride at our FAMSS Board of Directors Retreats and presentations.

In his honor, memorial donations may be provided to Hidden Springs Horse Rescue at

Memorial for Beckie Watson...

It is with deep sadness that the members of the FAMSS Board announce the passing of Beckie Watson, CPCS, CPMSM.  As many of you know, Beckie served FAMSS for many years including being a member of the Board as Historian from July 1994 through December 1996, then she became President-Elect in January 1997, and was elevated to the office of President in January 1999.  Beckie then served as Website Liaison for five years beginning in January 2001.  Beckie remained an instrumental member of FAMSS until her passing.


Professionally Beckie attained a degree in healthcare administration from the University of North Florida and worked at St. Vincent's Medical Center for 26 years before retiring.  However, Beckie was not done, she went on to become Vice President of Quality at Healogics in 2009, where she remained until her passing.  Beckie is survived by a large family, including four children and eleven grandchildren.  Our condolences to each of them.  We shall always remember her dedication to our organization and industry.  Beckie will be missed not only as a professional, but a great friend and inspiration to many of us.  Rest in peace.

Here is a link to Beckie's obituary: