Project Access® Receives Emergency and Disaster Relief Grant from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

May 1, 2020

The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) based in Asheville, NC recently was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) based in Asheville. The grant was issued as part of the CFWNC’s Emergency and Disaster Relief response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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August 19, 2019

The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation--in collaboration with Digestive Health Partners (DHP)-- has been awarded a Colon Cancer Coalition (CCC) grant to expand the Western North Carolina Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative (WNC-CRCSI) across 5 counties.

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The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP)

May 11, 2018

“Our patients deserve from us the very best health advice and I am certain, after having reviewed this data over the past few years, that lifestyle medicine (better nutrition, more exercise and stress management advice) is what we should be routinely discussing with our patients who suffer from chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and cardiovascular disease."

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WCMS Project Access® Collaboration with Partnership for Pastoral Counseling

February 7, 2018

Does your Project Access® patient need a mental health counseling referral? Look no further.

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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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