Message from your WCMS President, Dr. Rick Bunio

April 6, 2020

Dear WCMS Membership,

Over the past few months, the world has seen changes the likes of which have never been experienced in most of our lifetimes. We have watched with trepidation as the coronavirus has slowly infiltrated into one county after another in Western NC and wondered if we and our patients would be spared the level of pain and suffering we see on the news every night.

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WCMS Association announces board leadership transitions

April 2, 2020

Dear WCMS membership:

Dr. Mike Parmer, President of WCMS, has accepted a new position in Greenville SC with the Prisma Health System. For this reason, Dr. Parmer will no longer be serving as the President of the WCMS Association effective today, 4/1/20. Dr. Parmer has been an outstanding leader and champion of the medical society. His integrity, wisdom and guidance will be greatly missed. We wish him all the best.

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Message from our WCMS Foundation Chair, Carol Coulson, MD

March 23, 2020

Dr. Coulson works at MAHEC OB/GYN and is the Chair of the WCMS Foundation's Board of Directors

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Interview with Dr. Susan McDowell, MD, on the Vaping Crisis in Western North Carolina

February 24, 2020

1. Please introduce yourself (background/education/experience/current organization & role, etc.)

I grew up in a rural area of Southwest Virginia, drawing me towards rural health throughout my career. I’ve also always been interested in tobacco topics because I knew people whose parents were tobacco farmers and my hometown was greatly impacted by tobacco. I even had a friend who went to college on a tobacco scholarship designed to assist residents of the tobacco region in obtaining levels of education previously not promoted or available in the region

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NCMS Leadership College Program Now Accepting Applicants for 2021!

February 24, 2020

Now more than ever as health care rapidly evolves, we need clinicians to step up as leaders to safeguard the quality of patient care and to protect the profession of medicine. The KIPL Leadership College Program is a nationally renowned, project-based curriculum designed to foster your leadership skills so that you can have a positive impact in your workplace and your community. Established in 2003, the Leadership College has graduated over 500 participants, the majority of whom go on to take leadership positions within their profession and/or other organizations. Learn more about the program and apply today — enrollment is limited.

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Innovative Practice Highlight: Heart Path

February 5, 2020

Heart Path® is a Mission Health service that is a state and nationally certified, comprehensive program of cardiac rehabilitation. It helps patients look at risk factors that cause heart disease and design a plan of care to lower their risks for future heart problems.

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WCMS 2020 Annual Celebration

January 30, 2020

Thank you all who came out to our 2020 Annual Celebration on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at New Belgium Brewery! It was a very well attended event with over 150 WCMS members, employees, community advocates, partners, and sponsors present. We shared our 2019 successes and plans for 2020 and we look forward to working with you all again this year. Thank you again for a successful event! 

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January 21, 2020

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA (January 15th, 2020) - Informational meetings led by Gibbins Advisors have been scheduled in seven communities in Western North Carolina served by Mission Health.

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WIN continues to offer free interpreter services to Project Access® patients thanks to an ongoing People in Need (PIN) grant

January 16, 2020

A grant awarded to the WCMS Interpreter Network (WIN) in 2019 will continue providing free interpreter services to Project Access (PA) patients in 2020.

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Opioids in WNC

January 8, 2020

  • Terminology

    • Opioid is the umbrella term for semi-synthetics, synthetics (phetnel), and opiates (poppy derived like heroin, hydrocodone)

    • Opioid addiction is now called “Opioid Use Disorder” (OUD)

      • We no longer label patients as “addicts” but instead someone with Opioid Use Disorder

    • OUD is a chronic, relapsing disease

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Dr. Robyn Tiger Presents "Relax Rx" to Women in Medicine!

December 16, 2019

On Thursday, December 12, 2019, WCMS hosted a Women in Medicine Affinity Group meeting sponsored by Sona Pharmacy at Asheville Community Yoga and Karma Cafe with Dr. Robyn Tiger

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Innovative Practice Interview with Dr. Chad Krisel of Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville

November 19, 2019

Q: Please describe a brief history of Integrative Family Medicine

A: My business partner, Brian Lewis, and I had a goal to create an accessible clinic that took an integrative approach to primary care. We quickly realized that such clinics did not exist. The integrative clinics that did exist were often out of reach financially for many patients. We also saw many independently owned primary care practices struggling to remain solvent and being taken over by big hospital systems. We wanted to create something that could serve patients financially and offer a better overall healthcare experience for them as well as provide a model for physicians of something alternative to the fee-for-service insurance based system.


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WCMS endorses Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, HR 763

November 7, 2019

On 11/4/19, the WCMS Association Board listened to a presentation by Dr. David Mouw and Steffi Rausch (head of Asheville Citizens’ Climate Lobby) on climate change and the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, HR 763. After much discussion, the Board unanimously concurred that the impact of climate change on health is a public health crisis and moved to act as an organization by endorsing the bill.

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Project Access® Receives Significant One Year Expansion Grant from WNC Bridge Foundation

October 30, 2019

The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) based in Asheville, NC recently was awarded a significant grant from the WNC Bridge Foundation (formerly CarePartners Foundation) based in Asheville. 

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Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation Awarded Grant Funding for Project Access® from Helen A. Powers Fund

October 7, 2019

October 2, 2019, Asheville, NC- The Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) Foundation based in Asheville, NC recently was awarded funding in the amount of $13,000 for its Project Access® program.

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