July 18, 2022
WCMS is pleased to announce the 2022 recipients of the Dr. Brian Ling Memorial Scholarship: Lillian Johnson and Ashley Wilhelm, both of Asheville Christian Academy.
“I am so thankful for the opportunity that the Dr. Brian Ling Memorial Scholarship has given me,” said Lillian.
Ashley, who is attending UNC Chapel Hill this fall said, “I am looking forward to caring for my future patients just as well as Dr. Ling did.”
June 23, 2022
WLOS — A North Carolina bill seeks to "de-weaponize" medical debt. According to the Urban Institute, more than a third of the state’s population was in collections for medical debt at the end of 2020.
May 2, 2022
An additional honorary degree will also be awarded to Dr. Jeff Heck, a physician and recently retired CEO of the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) under whose tenure UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC was established. The UNC Asheville – UNC Gillings MPH Program is housed on the MAHEC campus. Dr. Heck will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science for his exceptional contributions to the Asheville community.
April 11, 2022
by Jessica Wakeman
Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, videos pinged around the internet of people going outdoors at 7 p.m. each day to applaud health care workers as an expression of gratitude.
April 5, 2022
With a successful medical career in the North Carolina mountains behind him, Frank Moretz, MD ’75, isn’t resting on his laurels. His legacy gift aims to build the medical pipeline and close the care gap in western North Carolina (WNC). The goal is big, the challenge is real – and the potential for impact is significant, since the gift works in tandem with two key WNC entities with a track record of success.
March 30, 2022
In observance of National Doctors’ Day, March 30, 2022, the Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the physicians across Western North Carolina for their strong commitment to the health and well-being of our neighbors. We acknowledge their commitment to exceptional medical care, their focus on patient advocacy and their dedication to patients and communities, particularly during the challenges of the past two years during the COVID 19 pandemic.
January 27, 2022
Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) is pleased to announce that our CEO Search Committee has selected a new CEO, Elisa Quarles, who joins the organization on February 7, 2022.
January 21, 2022
Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) and Project Access® are pleased to announce the Project Access® Hub and Spoke Network, a new collaboration with CareReach, McDowell Access to Care and Health, Toe River Project Access and Mountain Community Health Partnership. This initiative will address access to speciality care and other critical resources for low-income, uninsured people living in those counties. This work is supported by a grant from Dogwood Health Trust.
January 10, 2022
Asheville, NC – Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) is pleased to announce a new initiative to address lack of access to affordable colorectal cancer screening, colonoscopies and colorectal cancer care for uninsured patients in McDowell County. This work is supported by a grant from the UNC Lineberger Office of Community Outreach and Engagement’s Community Pilot Funding Program.
January 5, 2022
Press Release from MAHEC:
I am pleased to announce the selection of MAHEC’s new CEO, an individual who is already deeply committed to our mission of improving health in Western North Carolina.
December 20, 2021
Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) is pleased to announce a new initiative to address lack of access to affordable colorectal cancer screening, colonoscopies and colorectal cancer care for uninsured patients in McDowell County. This work is supported by a grant from the UNC Lineberger Office of Community Outreach and Engagement’s Community Pilot Funding Program.
October 28, 2021
Letter calls on the United States Congress to swiftly enact legislation approving urgently needed climate measures to protect human health.
October 20, 2021
We are taking feedback on the Reparations Nomination and Application Process before we kick-off. You can find the Reparations Nomination and Application Process survey at https://publicinput.com/D6307.
September 23, 2021
Dear pediatric care providers,
Please check that you and your staff are administering the correct meningitis vaccine to your adolescent patients so that they meet the state immunization requirements for 7th and 12th grades.
September 14, 2021
From NCMS: To keep you fully informed about our work on your behalf at the NC General Assembly, we are sharing a letter Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC sent to legislative leadership voicing support for SB249/HB277 the SAVE Act.