WCMS Receives Grant from Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation

March 15, 2021

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.

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WCMS partners with Blue Ridge Community Health Services

March 3, 2021

Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) is pleased to announce it was awarded a grant from the Lily W. Smith Trust, which will be used in partnership with Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS).

The grant will provide behavioral health treatment to low-income, uninsured children at BRCHS locations.

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Presidential Executive Orders

January 20, 2021

Today President Biden made good on his promise to issue a series of Executive Orders (EOs). 

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12/28/20 WCMS Congratulates Dr. Christopher Chay on his Award!

December 28, 2020

Congratulations to Messino Cancer Centers Medical Oncologist Dr. Christopher Chay for being the recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Medicine Pride in the Profession Award. This award is one of the highest honors given by the American Medical Association. Dr. Chay has been honored for his efforts in championing the Oncology Medical Home model of delivering quality and value in cancer care to rural areas.

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Project Access® Receives Grant from WNC Bridge Foundation

December 10, 2020

The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) was awarded a grant from WNC Bridge Foundation.

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Project Access® Receives Grant from Dogwood Health Trust

December 4, 2020

The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) based in Asheville, NC is pleased to announced that it was awarded a grant from Dogwood Health Trust, also based in Asheville. The award is to support WCMSF’s effort to assist in enrolling eligible Project Access® patients into the ACA Marketplace.

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Crush the Crisis- Opioid Take Back Day

October 12, 2020

Mission Health is participating with this year’s National Take Back Day on 10/24/20 by hosting “Crush the Crisis” events: drive-through collection sites at all of our regional hospitals for the community to anonymously drop off unused and expired medication for proper disposal. Mission Hospital’s flyer shares details about each regional event and items that can be accepted.

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WCMS 2020 Strategic Plan Quarterly Update (Q2)

September 8, 2020

OUR VISION is to serve as a dynamic physician/physician assistant community dedicated to a healthy, vibrant western North Carolina (WNC).
OUR VALUES are integrity, inclusion, and innovation.
OUR PARTNERS include Independent Physicians, Employed Physicians, Physician Assistants, Community Leaders, Sponsors/Businesses, Donors/Funders, Health System Leaders, Practice Managers, Patients, and Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) employees

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Project Access featured in the WNC Bridge Foundation's 2019 Impact Report

August 25, 2020

With its roots having formed in the 19th century, the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) has been a stronghold in the community, serving to improve access to healthcare, fight health inequities and promote wellness in Western North Carolina. The WCMSF is a group of physicians and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to connect low-income, uninsured patients with free or low-cost comprehensive medical care.

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Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation Receives COVID-19 “Fill the Gap” Grant from North Carolina Healthcare Foundation

August 6, 2020

The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) was recently awarded a $150,000 grant through the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation’s COVID-19 Fill the Gap Response Fund. The Fill the Gap Fund was created to rapidly meet critical needs of organizations across North Carolina as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MAHEC Awarded $1.8M to Expand Addiction Treatment Services Across WNC

July 21, 2020

Asheville, NC (July 20, 2020)— The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) $1.8 million over five years to increase the number of addiction specialists trained in primary care settings.

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The Social Bridging Project

July 10, 2020

The Social Bridging Project pairs older adults who feel isolated at home with trained student volunteers who can provide one or more of the following depending on your needs: 

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Expanded Pain Services to WNC

July 2, 2020


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WCMS Stands with the LGBTQ+ Community

June 30, 2020

The Trump administration announced a rule on Friday, June 12, 2020 that will remove the protections for people who are transgender in healthcare. The date the rule was released coincides with the 4th anniversary of the massacre at Pulse Night Club (a gay club in Orlando, FL), during Pride Month, and at the end of a week where two Black transgender women were murdered.  

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Getting Ready for the November Election

June 26, 2020

To help ensure EVERYONE is able to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election, here are a few reminders of the absentee voting procedure you can follow this year if you are at all uncertain about voting in person come November.

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