January 17, 2019
HCA’s acquisition of Asheville-based Mission Health’s assets received approval from state Attorney General Josh Stein on Wednesday, paving the way for the largest health care provider in Western North Carolina to move from nonprofit to for-profit ownership while setting up a massive nonprofit foundation with the sale’s proceeds.
January 16, 2019
Final message from WCMS' 2018 Association Board President, Dr. Raymond Thertulien
September 27, 2018
Biltmore Company opened its onsite health clinic through a partnership with Vickery Family Medicine in March 2012. The focus of the clinic is a pro-active, wellness based approach to healthcare for employees and their families.
September 12, 2018
In the midst of change in our medical communities, there are always new opportunities to help patients become healthier. In addition to access to care for the underserved and uninsured, there has been an ever increasing interest and focus on the social determinants of health.
July 27, 2018
Three new resources released today by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky offer a fresh approach to understanding health in Appalachia by focusing on community strengths and identifying local factors supporting a Culture of Health. These resources include case studies of ten “Bright Spot” counties, each defying predictions for health with better-than-expected outcomes; the performance-focused research methodology that helped identify these counties; and HealthinAppalachia.org, a website that explores extensive county-level health data for the entire Appalachian Region.
July 16, 2018
The 2019 World Scout Jamboree is looking for qualified medical staff volunteers
July 5, 2018
On July 19, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein will present the keynote address at a daylong conference in Asheville on the ethical issues healthcare professionals face when treating patients who are struggling with opioid use disorders (OUDs) and substance misuse. The Attorney General will provide an update and discuss the ethics of North Carolina’s formal response to the opioid crisis.
June 22, 2018
The purpose of National Hernia Awareness Month is to raise the public knowledge of the warning signs and latest treatment options available regarding hernias. It is estimated that more than 5 million persons have some type of hernia, but only 750,000 people per year actually seek medical attention.
May 23, 2018
This month, and especially in the past week, we have seen an increase in confirmed cases of pertussis throughout Buncombe County, mainly in school-aged children. Our Communicable Disease Control staff are working with school nurses and school administration to inform parents of exposed students, identify additional symptomatic individuals, and provide prophylaxis for high-risk contacts.
May 4, 2018
Since learning about the recent ICE raids that are targeting the Spanish speaking communities in Buncombe, Henderson, and McDowell Counties, I have been greatly concerned for our patients and our community.
April 18, 2018
As most of you know, over the last several days there have been ICE raids targeting the Spanish speaking communities in Buncombe, Henderson, and McDowell Counties. As of now, WLOS and the Citizen-Times report that 17 people have been detained. Sadly, that number is expected to rise. Our patients and interpreters tell us that people have been targeted when leaving places of worship, dropping their children off at the bus stop for school, arriving at medical clinics, and leaving the grocery store.
April 16, 2018
Hillcrest Apartments is a public housing community serving low-income residents who face multiple economic and social barriers to achieving self-sufficiency. Residents face physical and mental health problems and many lack insurance or primary care doctors. For eight years, the Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation (WWD-F) has been working in the Hillcrest community to promote healthier lifestyles.
April 11, 2018
Dr. Robert Kline has shared an article with the Western Carolina Medical Society that he wrote for Physicians for a National Health Program. Dr. Kline eagerly wanted to share with his colleagues from WNC.
March 15, 2018
The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, NC has partnered with a national maternal child health collaborative to test a new model that it helped to develop for assessing mothers’ health during well-child visits.
The goal of this screening tool is to reduce low birth weight and preterm births, which account for more than 70 percent of infant mortality, where the US ranks among the worst of all industrialized nations.
March 1, 2018
WCMS's WIN was quoted in a Medscape article on working with interpreters.