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Hidden in Plain Sight — Reconsidering the Use of Race Correction in Clinical Algorithms

August 19, 2022

  • Darshali A. Vyas, M.D., 
  • Leo G. Eisenstein, M.D., 
  • and David S. Jones, M.D., Ph.D.

Physicians still lack consensus on the meaning of race. When the Journal took up the topic in 2003 with a debate about the role of race in medicine, one side argued that racial and ethnic categories reflected underlying population genetics and could be clinically useful.1 

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2022 Dr. Brian Ling Memorial Scholarships Announced

July 18, 2022

WCMS is pleased to announce the 2022 recipients of the Dr. Brian Ling Memorial Scholarship: Lillian Johnson and Ashley Wilhelm, both of Asheville Christian Academy.

“I am so thankful for the opportunity that the Dr. Brian Ling Memorial Scholarship has given me,” said Lillian.

Ashley, who is attending UNC Chapel Hill this fall said, “I am looking forward to caring for my future patients just as well as Dr. Ling did.”

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'Very, very pressing matter' NC bill seeks to 'de-weaponize' medical debt

June 23, 2022

WLOS — A North Carolina bill seeks to "de-weaponize" medical debt. According to the Urban Institute, more than a third of the state’s population was in collections for medical debt at the end of 2020.

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UNC Asheville to Award Honorary Degree to Jeff Heck, physician and former CEO of MAHEC

May 2, 2022

An additional honorary degree will also be awarded to Dr. Jeff Heck, a physician and recently retired CEO of the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) under whose tenure UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC was established. The UNC Asheville – UNC Gillings MPH Program is housed on the MAHEC campus. Dr. Heck will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science for his exceptional contributions to the Asheville community.

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How local health care workers are tackling burnout

April 11, 2022

by Jessica Wakeman 

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, videos pinged around the internet of people going outdoors at 7 p.m. each day to applaud health care workers as an expression of gratitude.

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A Legacy for Healthcare in Western NC

April 5, 2022

With a successful medical career in the North Carolina mountains behind him, Frank Moretz, MD ’75, isn’t resting on his laurels. His legacy gift aims to build the medical pipeline and close the care gap in western North Carolina (WNC). The goal is big, the challenge is real – and the potential for impact is significant, since the gift works in tandem with two key WNC entities with a track record of success. 

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Gratitude for Doctors on Doctors' Day

March 30, 2022

In observance of National Doctors’ Day, March 30, 2022, the Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the physicians across Western North Carolina for their strong commitment to the health and well-being of our neighbors. We acknowledge their commitment to exceptional medical care, their focus on patient advocacy and their dedication to patients and communities, particularly during the challenges of the past two years during the COVID 19 pandemic.

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WCMS Announces New Leadership

January 27, 2022

Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) is pleased to announce that our CEO Search Committee has selected a new CEO, Elisa Quarles, who joins the organization on February 7, 2022.

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Project Access® Network to include McDowell, Mitchell and Yancey Counties

January 21, 2022

Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) and Project Access® are pleased to announce the Project Access® Hub and Spoke Network, a new collaboration with CareReach, McDowell Access to Care and Health, Toe River Project Access and Mountain Community Health Partnership. This initiative will address access to speciality care and other critical resources for low-income, uninsured people living in those counties. This work is supported by a grant from Dogwood Health Trust.

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WCMS and Partners Create Coalition to Support Access to Colorectal Cancer Screening and Treatment

January 10, 2022

Asheville, NC Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) is pleased to announce a new initiative to address lack of access to affordable colorectal cancer screening, colonoscopies and colorectal cancer care for uninsured patients in McDowell County. This work is supported by a grant from the UNC Lineberger Office of Community Outreach and Engagement’s Community Pilot Funding Program.

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MAHEC Welcomes New CEO on February 7

January 5, 2022

Press Release from MAHEC: 

Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the selection of MAHEC’s new CEO, an individual who is already deeply committed to our mission of improving health in Western North Carolina.

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WCMS and Partners Create Coalition to Support Access to Colorectal Cancer Screening and Treatment

December 20, 2021

Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) is pleased to announce a new initiative to address lack of access to affordable colorectal cancer screening, colonoscopies and colorectal cancer care for uninsured patients in McDowell County. This work is supported by a grant from the UNC Lineberger Office of Community Outreach and Engagement’s Community Pilot Funding Program.

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Press Release: More than 100 members of the National Academy of Medicine Sign Climate Action Petition

October 28, 2021

Letter calls on the United States Congress to swiftly enact legislation approving urgently needed climate measures to protect human health.

 

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Press Release: City asks for feedback on reparations nomination and application process

October 20, 2021

Community,

 We are taking feedback on the Reparations Nomination and Application Process before we kick-off.  You can find the Reparations Nomination and Application Process survey at https://publicinput.com/D6307.

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News Release: HHS-Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

September 2, 2021

Protecting Americans’ health and well-being has always been at the heart of fighting climate change, and now for the first time, its importance is being elevated at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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