WCMS Issues Statement on Gun Violence

July 4, 2016

On 7/4/16, the WCMS Association's Executive Committee of the Board issued a statement regarding gun violence.

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Refugee Families may be Resettled in WNC

June 30, 2016

The Citizen Times and WLOS report that the International Rescue Committee and faith groups from Hendersonville and Asheville are exploring options for resettling 150 Syrian refugee families in our area.

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Public Health Update from BCHHS: Zika Pregnancy Registry Provider Memo

June 21, 2016

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Project Access All Souls Counseling Update

June 20, 2016

WCMS would like to announce our new partner for Project Access® patients, All Souls Counseling Center (ASCC). All patients who are uninsured or underinsured may be referred to ASCC, regardless of enrollment in Project Access; however there is a special discount available for Project Access® patients.

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NC Zika Guidance Update

May 25, 2016

Updated information from Buncombe County Health Department. 

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Mosquitoes in Buncombe County: Key Points & Simple Steps

May 10, 2016

We need your help to keep people in our community safe from mosquito borne illness. Please read the important information below and help us spread the word about mosquito prevention so that we can Fight the Bite!  

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Public Health alert from BCHHS: Increase in reports of varicella (Chickenpox) Illness

May 3, 2016

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Healthier Communities through Pop-Up Markets

April 29, 2016

WCMS is proud to be collaborating with Buncombe County DHHS on Pop-Up Markets! WCMS Interpreter Network (WIN) will be working with Rasheeda McDaniels with Buncombe County DHHS to determine which Pop-Ups will best benefit from interpreter services.

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Project PROMISE Launches New Website

April 29, 2016

Project PROMISE is a local program that recruits motivated rural high school students with authentic interest in healthcare and supports them by providing exposure and mentorship in the medical field.

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Lower Your Overhead With a Patient Portal: Trillium Family Medicine

March 25, 2016

It is not news that electronic health records (EHRs) are a major cause of job dissatisfaction among physicians. Advances in patient portal technology over the past few years, however, have opened numerous opportunities for health information technology to actually improve your office and your job satisfaction. Patient portals, when implemented well, can increase workplace efficiency and reduce practice costs.   

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Community Care of North Carolina Wins $100,000 Hearst Health Prize Chosen From Among 125 Entries From Across the Nation

March 23, 2016

Hearst Health, a division of Hearst, and the Jefferson College of Population Health of Thomas Jefferson University, announced on March 8 that Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) in Raleigh is the winner of the inaugural Hearst Health Prize, a $100,000 award given in recognition of outstanding achievement in managing or improving health. The announcement was made by Gregory Dorn, MD, MPH, president of Hearst Health, and David B. Nash, MD, MBA, dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, at the 16th annual Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia.

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Multiple myeloma: New drugs offer hope to patients

March 21, 2016

March is Multiple Myeloma Month! It is the month chosen to celebrate the courage of multiple myeloma patients and their caregivers and to increase awareness about the disease, thereby increasing the prospect of funding for more research. Indeed, it has been a success story to build on.
In the past few months, five different drugs or drug regimens have been approved by the FDA to treat the disease. This certainly increases the prospect of increasing the survival of patients with this disease, until now considered incurable. Following the lead of Bart Barlogie, M.D., Ph.D., a prominent researcher and multiple myeloma expert, it is time to start thinking about and working toward the cure.

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Message from WCMS President, Samantha Read-Smith

March 9, 2016

Dear Colleagues,
Behind the scenes at WCMS, we've been busy rolling out our 2016 strategic plan (the strategy is based on interview data from our membership and community partners). It's going to be a meaningful year with a jam-packed agenda. WCMS is tackling head-on one of the most pressing issues facing physicians: burnout.

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Alert from Buncombe County HHS: Mumps outbreak near Charlotte

March 7, 2016

The North Carolina Division of Public Health is working with local health departments to investigate and control an outbreak of mumps in the Charlotte region. This memo is intended to summarize information regarding mumps diagnosis, management and prevention and to encourage clinicians to promptly report suspected mumps cases.

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BCDH Health Alert: Influenza Activity Increasing in WNC

March 4, 2016

Influenza activity increased in NC during the last half of February. Flu is now widespread across the state.

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