WCMS Receives Grant from Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation

March 15, 2021

Asheville, NC Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) is pleased to announce it was awarded a grant from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation.

The grant will help Project Access® address the urgent health care needs of 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.

“The Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation’s investment in Project Access® will allow us to continue working to bring healthcare and socio-economic resources to people who need it most in Buncombe and Madison counties,” says Mariela Solano, Director of Health Access and Equity Programs at WCMS. “We are grateful to have their support!”

Project Access® provides comprehensive medical care from primary care, specialty care, inpatient surgeries, mental health and medications to interpreter services as well as referrals and navigation for socio-economic resources. Utilizing more than 700 volunteer physicians, providers and community organizations, the Project Access® network offers life-saving care for those who otherwise would go without. Project Access®, which is marking its 25th anniversary this year, has served more than 68,000 patients since 1996 and has been replicated in over 100 communities in 32 states.

The Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, as a ministry of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, seeks to improve the quality of life for the economically poor, especially women, children, and elderly, by supporting effective education, health care and social service organizations that have systemic impact and empower those without a voice.

The Western Carolina Medical Society’s mission is to advocate for healthy communities, increase access to healthcare, fight health inequities, and promote wellness in WNC. Since 1885, WCMS has been highly respected for its leadership and innovation in addressing issues of access to affordable health care, disparities in health, and wellness promotion. Throughout its history, WCMS has been at the forefront of working collaboratively with area organizations to address the health challenges facing our community’s residents.

For more information about the Western Carolina Medical Society contact Miriam Schwarz, CEO/Executive Director at 828-274-2267 or ceo@mywcms.org or visit www.mywcms.org.