Project Access® Receives Grant from WNC Bridge Foundation

December 10, 2020

December 1, 2020, Asheville, NC- The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) based in Asheville, NC was awarded a grant from WNC Bridge Foundation, also based in Asheville. The award is a one-year grant of $65,000 to go towards funding WCMSF’s Wellness Emergency Connection Access Network (WE CAN) project, which is an expansion of WCMSF’s Project Access® program.

The grant will help Project Access® and the WE CAN project address the urgent health care needs of more than 550 low-income, uninsured patients in Buncombe and Madison counties in 2021. Project Access® connects low income, uninsured people with comprehensive low- or no-cost healthcare when they need it most through a volunteer network of over 700 physicians, providers, and community based organizations.

“Thank you to WNC Bridge Foundation for their continued support. This investment in Project Access® will allow us to continue working to address the many needs of the communities in Buncombe and Madison counties such as access to specialty health care services, access to food, and utility assistance as we to work to move health care upstream and address the social determinants of health and the well-being of the person as a whole,” says Mariela Solano, Director of Health Access and Equity Programs at WCMS.

The WCMS Foundation is thankful to have the backing of WNC Bridge Foundation to continue working to address the many needs of our Project Access® patients, such as access to comprehensive health care services, access to food, and utility assistance.

Project Access® is celebrating 25 years of service to the community in 2021. The program has served over 67,000 patients totaling over $178 million in charity care.

 WNC Bridge Foundation has been serving the people of Western North Carolina for over 15 years. They are a community-based charitable organization that works to provide funds to support and assist in meeting the many health challenges that face the people of Western NC.  WNC Bridge Foundation provides direct support and also empower carefully selected non-profits to impact individual and community wellness in our communities throughout the Western NC region. Its mission is to be a catalyst for change throughout the 18 counties of Western North Carolina in the areas of wellness support, elder care, and youth development.

The Western Carolina Medical Society is the physicians’ voice, advocating for the health of the medical profession, the health of the patient, and the health of the community. The WCMS Foundation is the physician and community-led charitable arm of the medical society improving access to quality healthcare, decreasing disparities in health, and promoting health & wellness.

For more information about the Western Carolina Medical Society contact Miriam Schwarz, CEO/Executive Director at 828-274.2267 or or visit






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