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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Blue Ridge Bone & Joint Expands Care Options

February 4, 2016

"We are very excited to announce a number of changes focused on enhancing experiences with BRBJ.  A major step is our adding a satellite office in Arden/Fletcher."

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BCDH Health Alert: Severe Influenza Illness Reported in US

February 1, 2016

Please see the health advisory regarding severe respiratory illnesses reported to CDC among young to middle-aged adults with influenza A/H1N1 infections. 

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BCDH Health Alert: Zika Virus

January 27, 2016

The CDC has released interim guidelines for health care providers in the US caring for patients, including pregnant women and their infants, who may be affected by Zika virus.

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Innovations in Medicine: Synergy Health Solutions

January 19, 2016

An interview with Dr. Gus Vickery

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Employers and the ACA

January 18, 2016

Check out these informative articles by WCMS Circle of Friends partner, Johnson Price Sprinkle PA.  

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AllCare Clinical Associates Featured in Medical Group Management Association Report

December 16, 2015

The MGMA report highlights medical practices that have demonstrated superior performance in cost management, productivity, capacity and staffing, and patient satisfaction. 

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Blue Ridge Bone & Joint Expands Hospital Care Options

December 15, 2015

The BRBJ physicians and staff sincerely welcome the opportunity to work with Park Ridge Health (PRH).  While continuing to provide patient care at Mission and Pardee hospitals, BRBJ is expanding its tradition of consistently offering the citizens of Western North Carolina the highest level of musculoskeletal care.

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Dr. Frank Moretz to Run for NC House

November 30, 2015

Local Physician, Small Business Owner Brings Fresh Perspective to Raleigh

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Buncombe Project Access Referrals to Smoky Mountain Mental Health Services

November 30, 2015

If you are a primary care or specialty care physician who volunteers for Project Access, and your PA patients need mental health care services, you can refer them to Smoky Mountain for both emergency/crisis AND routine appointments.

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Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program

November 13, 2015

Offering breast & cervical exams, pap smears, mammograms, blood pressure & cholesterol screenings, health cousneling & education.

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Shaneka Simmons, WCMS Health Access/Project Access Coordinator, Recipient of First Annual Julian Prize

October 30, 2015

The award is given to a young person doing creative nonprofit work for our community.

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