WCMSF Charitable Programs Continue with Support from Dogwood Health Trust

June 25, 2020


June 25, 2020, Asheville, NC- The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) based in Asheville, NC is always working to help advance our mission of increasing access to quality and affordable health care, address health inequities, and promote wellness in Western North Carolina. We accomplish this through our charitable programs including Project Access®, WCMS Interpreter Network (WIN), and Healthy Healer Programs. 

Project Access® is a nationally replicated physician volunteer initiative providing access to comprehensive medical care for low-income uninsured Buncombe and Madison County residents since 1996. On average, more than 2,500 low-income individuals in Buncombe and Madison Counties receive healthcare through Project Access on an annual basis. Overall, more than 67,000 patients have been served by Process Access resulting in over $178 million in charity care. 

WIN is dedicated to breaking linguistic barriers to improve access to care and reduce health disparities. We donate interpretive services to practices for appointments with limited English proficient (LEP) Project Access® patients. This includes multi-hour chemotherapy infusions, physical therapy, surgery, and more. We obtain grants and donations to offer free interpretive services to providers who serve low income, uninsured LEP patients in rural and underserved counties in Western North Carolina. WIN will continue working to increase access to care for all LEP people in our region.

The vision of our Healthy Healer Program (HHP) is to create and sustain a vibrant and healthy medical community that feels safe, nurtured and supported. HHP promotes well-being through advocacy, education, and supportive resources and services.

WCMS is deeply grateful to be able to continue with our mission and further develop these programs with the support of Dogwood Health Trust. 

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