What is Lifestyle Medicine?

October 30, 2017

Chronic disease is now responsible for 70 to 80% of all health care expenditure, yet most health professionals treat chronic disease the same way they treat communicable disease: with pills and injections. While this might temporarily relieve acute symptoms, it does not address the underlying cause of the chronic disease. Most physicians and health professionals receive little to no education on nutrition, exercise, rest or social connectivity, which are the four pillars of Lifestyle Medicine.

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Introducing Digestive Health Partners’ Western North Carolina Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative (WNC-CRCSI)

October 27, 2017

Colorectal cancer is largely preventable. It is estimated that 40 out of 100 deaths from late stage colorectal cancer are preventable if all adults aged 50 and older were routinely screened. Colon cancer was the 2nd leading cause of death in North Carolina in 2012. There were 1,533 colorectal cancer deaths in 2012 and over 7,550 deaths from 2008-2012 in North Carolina.  

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Message from the Foundation Board Chair, Dr. Britt Peterson

October 24, 2017

Most physicians and physician assistants (PAs) are aware of the increasing trend of burnout that faces our profession.  The challenge remains how to best address this crisis that threatens not only our enjoyment of medicine but its effects on the patient experience and the overall vitality of our health care system.  

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Simple Tool Shows Lasting Reduction in Burnout

October 24, 2017

Physicians and other healthcare workers who use a simple tool for 2 weeks show reduced burnout within a few days of starting the intervention and retain most of the benefit a year later, researchers reported here at the American Conference on Physician Health.

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The Playbook: Better Care for People with Complex Needs

December 12, 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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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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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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Letter from the WCMS Foundation Board Chair, Kate Queen MD (Oct 2015)

October 26, 2015

November 19th is National Rural Health Day. Help WCMS celebrate our rural health care providers—thank a rural doctor today!

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Breast Cancer Screening is Key to Saving Lives!

October 23, 2015

Ninety-six percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years. Dr. Jennifer Mullendore, BCHHS Medical Director says, “Regardless of family history of cancer or risk factors, all women should be screened for breast cancer.” 

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Letter from the WCMS President, Robert Henderson MD (Oct 2015)

October 22, 2015

"Investing in Physician Wellness".  All of these challenges are associated with an epidemic spreading across the profession: burnout.  Your medical society, Western Carolina Medical Society, is keenly aware of all this and has declared that the welfare of physicians and their families is a core objective of its 2015 and 2016 strategic plans.

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Free Preventive Health Services

September 9, 2015

Free preventive health services covered by every Marketplace plan under the Affordable Care Act.

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Public Health Advisory: Increasing Early Syphilis Cases in North Carolina

May 14, 2015

Early syphilis infections in North Carolina continue to rise. Compared to the same time period in 2014, early syphilis cases in the first 3 months of 2015 increased by 56%.

Due to this substantial increase in early syphilis infections, we are asking all medical providers to enhance sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention services to your patients.  New syphilis infections are primarily occurring among men, especially men who have sex with men (MSM) and HIV-positive individuals. Enhancing STI prevention services to these patients may efficiently address the rise in early syphilis infections and improve the health of our fellow North Carolinians.

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Immunizations Work! The Invisible Threat Movie Screening in Buncombe County

April 13, 2015

Buncombe County has an alarming number of children who are not getting immunized based on a religious exemption. This means that parents can refuse immunizations for their children based on a non-medical reason. Buncombe County’s exemption rate is almost 5 times higher than the state average and has been climbing steadily for many years.

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WCMS Foundation Board seeking Rural Health Innovations!

March 17, 2015

The WCMS Foundation Board of Directors is inviting innovative physicians, practices, and organizations from across the region to present their work to the Board.

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