To advocate for healthy communities, increase access to healthcare, fight health inequities, and promote wellness in Western North Carolina.
To be a dynamic physician community dedicated to a healthy, vibrant Western North Carolina.
Integrity. Quality. Compassion. Diversity. Innovation.
To strengthen the health of the medical profession. To strengthen the health of the patient. To strengthen the health of the community. To strengthen the health of WCMS as an organization.
Our Key Strategic Partners
Physicians (Employed & Independent), Physician Assistants, Residents/Students, Health System Leaders, Practice Administrators, Community Leaders, Sponsors/Businesses, Donors/Funders, Patients, Staff/Contractors
Our Strategic Plan
Buncombe County Medical Society in 1885
The Western Carolina Medical Society (formerly Buncombe County Medical Society) was established in 1885. In 1990, the medical society (then BCMS) incorporated so that it could better advocate on behalf of physicians and our community. Throughout its history, WCMS has been an innovator in supporting and advocating for physicians in the practice of medicine, and working collaboratively with area organizations to address the health challenges facing our community’s residents.
New Western Carolina Medical Society members at the 2016 Newcomers Picnic
The WCMS is a thriving professional association of 700+ physicians and physician assistants from 16 western North Carolina counties. Some of the services provided by the WCMS Association include:
The Foundation is the physician and community-led charitable arm of WCMS, respected for its leadership and innovation in addressing access to healthcare for low income, uninsured people, disparities in healthcare, and wellness and prevention.
Project Access® is a ground-breaking physician volunteer initiative providing access to comprehensive medical care for low-income uninsured Buncombe County residents since 1996. More than 2,500 low-income individuals in Buncombe County receive healthcare through Project Access® annually. Starting soon, Project Access® will expand into rural WNC counties.
WCMS Interpreter Network (WIN) provides healthcare centers with professional medical interpreters to decrease disparities in care due to language barriers. WIN offers 15 languages to all WNC counties.
The Healthy Healer addresses growing burnout among physicians and physician assistants.
WNC Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative provides colorectal cancer (CRC) screening to average risk, uninsured, low income patients between ages of 50-75 in Buncombe and Madison Counties.
The Charles Blair Health Parity Scholarship Fund Charles Blair, MD was an ardent advocate for health equity and increasing the number of people of color in the health care professions. Scholarship funds support under-represented students of color who are college-bound to study a health-related field.
The Foundation Endowment, formed in 1998, recognizes the tradition of giving by physician families. The Endowment is an enduring gift for the health of our community administered by the Community Foundation of WNC which awards grants to health and wellness programs in our community.
The WCMS Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.