WCMS Statement on Juneteenth

June 15, 2021

Western Carolina Medical Society will mark Juneteenth as a paid day off where employees are encouraged to reflect, learn and take action for racial justice.

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Project Access expands mobile COVID-19 vaccine initiative in the mountains

May 26, 2021

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — A mobile vaccine initiative in the mountains is being expanded thanks to an $80,000 grant from Dogwood Health Trust.

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WCMS’ Healthy Healer Program Announces New Therapist

May 20, 2021

Asheville, NC Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) and the Healthy Healer Program are pleased to announce the addition of Frederick Murphy, LCMHC as a participating therapist.

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Completing the pandemic puzzle: N.C. health departments work to vaccinate Hispanic community

May 7, 2021

North Carolina hopes to lift many COVID-19 restrictions in less than a month, if enough people can get vaccinated.

Since the first vaccines started rolling out, local groups knew focusing on historically marginalized populations was going to be a key in clearing that hurdle, so as doses, providers and access have grown, so has the share of Hispanic residents getting their shots. 

Cristina Cardenas, health access coordinator for Western Carolina Medical Society, was part of a panel discussion in January discussing what it would take to successfully reach out to people of color, a necessary piece to solve the pandemic puzzle. 

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NC DHHS Secretary Eases Requirements for Ordering Vaccine

May 4, 2021

In a recently released video, NC Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen thanked primary care physicians for combatting COVID-19 and asked every practice to keep supplies of COVID-19 vaccine on your shelves in order to combat vaccine hesitancy.

It all starts with enrolment in the NC Vaccine Management System (CVMS). The state has provided a CVMS Enrollment and Activation Process Roadmap to help you get enrolled and activated.

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Helping Physicians Implement Telehealth Services

April 5, 2021

The Physicians Foundation, American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Massachusetts Medical Society and Texas Medical Association launched The Telehealth Initiative to help physicians implement telehealth services. 

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National Doctor's Day is March 30, 2021

March 29, 2021

The Western Carolina Medical Society honors and thanks the physicians across Western North Carolina for their commitment to exceptional medical care and patient advocacy. We acknowledge their dedication to patients and communities during this past year with the added pressures presented by COVID-19.

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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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