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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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BCHHS Public Health Provider Alert: Meningococcal conjugate vaccine, not MenB, required for 7th & 12th graders

September 23, 2021

Dear pediatric care providers,

Please check that you and your staff are administering the correct meningitis vaccine to your adolescent patients so that they meet the state immunization requirements for 7th and 12th grades.

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NCMS: BCBSNC Issues Letter in Support of SAVE Act

September 14, 2021

From NCMS: To keep you fully informed about our work on your behalf at the NC General Assembly, we are sharing a letter Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC sent to legislative leadership voicing support for SB249/HB277 the SAVE Act.

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Press Release: Buncombe County Receives Federal Disaster Declaration

September 9, 2021

On Sept. 8, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden Jr., granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the state of North Carolina triggering the release of federal funds to help people and communities recover from the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred that occurred Aug. 16-18, 2021. 

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the Interim Final Rule (IFR): Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part I.

September 8, 2021

On behalf of our physician and medical student members, the American Medical Association (AMA)
appreciates the opportunity to offer comments on the July 12, 2021, Interim Final Rule (IFR):
Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part I, implementing provisions of the No Surprises Act
(NSA), signed into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

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