About RCMA

Dawn Kern, Beth Nelsen, and Ratha Nithiahnathan with logo

Rockingham County Medical Association is the result of the merger of the Rockingham County Medical Society and the Rockingham County Medical Alliance in 2011.  It is a social and philanthropic organization dedicated to the health of physicians, their families, and their community. We are affiliated with the Medical Society of Virginia and the American Medical Association Alliance.

In May 2015, we donated over $6000 to community organizations.

5 Things You Should Know About RCMA

1. The Rockingham County Medical Alliance was established in 1957 as a support group for physician spouses.  Their mission was to support the medical family by engaging physician spouses in social and volunteer activities in the community.  The Rockingham County Medical Society was established in the 1920s.

2. RCMA has supported the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Mercy House, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic, the March of Dimes, Stop Americas Violence Everywhere (SAVE) and  the Explore More Discovery Museum (f0rmerly the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Children’s Museum).

3. RCMA  was the recipient of the 2009 American Medical Association Alliance Health Awareness  Promotion (HAP) Award for their “Onsie” project to raise awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome/ Abusive Head Trauma.

4. RCMA raised over $10,000 for the “Operation” exhibit at the Explore More Discovery Museum.

At the Grand Opening demonstration of the Operation Table 2009

5. RCMA provided “Hands Are Not for Hitting” materials to every first grader in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County for over a decade.

Recent Events


Demonstrating our SACKs March 2014

We had a very successful 2013 – 2014! We held our Welcome Coffee at New Leaf Pastry and reconnected with some members we havn’t seen in a while. Our Oktober Grillfest was well attended and we had a fabulous evening Chasing the Winter Blues Away at Union Station. We finished the year off with a wine tasting tour at Bluestone Vineyard and our annual Chili Party. In addition we raised $1800 with our Holiday Market and wreath sales. With the procedds we were able to donate $390 to First Step and $100 to the Salvation Army in addition to canned goods to their food bank. We purchased “Hands Are Not For Hitting” booklets for all Harrisonburg and Rockingham County public school kintergarden and first graders. And with the assistance of a $500 grant from the Medical Society of Virginia Alliance, we started a SACKs (Sexual Assault Crisis Kits) program at RMH and donated 25 SACKs for adults and 15 for children.


Filing SACKs for juveniles March 2014

During our 2011-2012 fiscal year, RCMA donated over $10,000 to the community.  Donations will be made to the AMA Foundation Grassroots Honor Fund to provide medical school scholarships, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic (care for one patient for a year), the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (food for a family for 2 months), Big Brothers/Big Sisters (sponsorship for a child for one year), Mercy House (renovations for one room), First Step (shelter for a family for 2 months), and newborn supplies for the Harrisonburg Pregnancy Center.  RCMA donated “Hands Are Not for Hitting” and “I Can Handle Bullies” booklets to every first and fourth grade child in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham school systems. Additionally, RCMA donated five RealCare Baby Simulations to the Harrisonburg City School system.

In 2010, RCMA donated $5910 to the community. Beneficiaries include: the AMA Foundation, the Free Clinic, SAVE, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, and purchasing 5 used Baby-Think-It-Over-Dolls. RCMA donated 100 pounds of food items to the Food Bank. RCMA member Dawn Kern was awarded the Carole Lougheed Leadership Award at the Medical Society of Virginia (MSVA) Annual Meeting for her many contributions to the community.  RCMA was awarded the Opal Thompson Award at the MSVA Annual Meeting for their Doctor’s Day Celebration, delivering lunches to area retirees and their families.


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