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'Very, very pressing matter' NC bill seeks to 'de-weaponize' medical debt

June 23, 2022

WLOS — A North Carolina bill seeks to "de-weaponize" medical debt. According to the Urban Institute, more than a third of the state’s population was in collections for medical debt at the end of 2020.

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Press Release: More than 100 members of the National Academy of Medicine Sign Climate Action Petition

October 28, 2021

Letter calls on the United States Congress to swiftly enact legislation approving urgently needed climate measures to protect human health.

 

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News Release: HHS-Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

September 2, 2021

Protecting Americans’ health and well-being has always been at the heart of fighting climate change, and now for the first time, its importance is being elevated at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Presidential Executive Orders

January 20, 2021

Today President Biden made good on his promise to issue a series of Executive Orders (EOs). 

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Crush the Crisis- Opioid Take Back Day

October 12, 2020

Mission Health is participating with this year’s National Take Back Day on 10/24/20 by hosting “Crush the Crisis” events: drive-through collection sites at all of our regional hospitals for the community to anonymously drop off unused and expired medication for proper disposal. Mission Hospital’s flyer shares details about each regional event and items that can be accepted.

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Project Access featured in the WNC Bridge Foundation's 2019 Impact Report

August 25, 2020

With its roots having formed in the 19th century, the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) has been a stronghold in the community, serving to improve access to healthcare, fight health inequities and promote wellness in Western North Carolina. The WCMSF is a group of physicians and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to connect low-income, uninsured patients with free or low-cost comprehensive medical care.

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WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING INITIATIVE AWARDED GRANT FROM COLON CANCER COALITION

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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Letter from Dr. Lisa Ladd, Chairman of the WCMS Foundation Board of Directors

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.

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NC AHEC Scholars Program at MAHEC

May 3, 2018

You can be part of a young, progressive group committed to community service, health parity, academic excellence, and the transformation of healthcare in Western North Carolina.

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Your Legal Risks When Patients Don't Speak English Well

March 1, 2018

WCMS's WIN was quoted in a Medscape article on working with interpreters.

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WCMSF PROJECT ACCESS® EXPANDS INTO MADISON COUNTY

February 7, 2018

“We are excited that Project Access® has expanded into Madison County and appreciate all the physicians participating in Project Access®,” said Dr. Susan McDowell, a family medicine physician at Hot Springs Medical Center.

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CareNet Counseling in McDowell County

January 31, 2018

CareNet Counseling in McDowell County received $8,720 from WCMS Foundation's Endowment Fund (as part of a $20,000 Community Foundation of WNC People in Need Grant) to support community-based, professional mental health counseling for the residents of McDowell Country, regardless of ability to pay. 

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Message from the Foundation Board Chair, Dr. Britt Peterson

May 31, 2017

"Regardless of one’s political stance for or against certain immigration policies, we believe there are basic rules of decency that apply to everyone in the United States, whether they are citizens, green card holders, immigrants with refugee status, undocumented immigrants, tourist visa holders, or any other status.  This is particularly true in health care settings where people are in need of a safe place to heal from illness."

C. Britt Peterson, MD
2017 WCMS Foundation Chair

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Hospital Language Access is a Matter of Life or Death

June 20, 2016

Approximately 25 million people in the United States are defined as being Limited English Proficient or LEP. A LEP person cannot speak, read, write, or understand the English language at a level that permits them to interact effectively with English speakers. Hospital administrators often feel burdened by the expense of culturally and linguistically appropriate services. The perception is that these services are an empty cost for hospitals. However, the truth is that it actually saves them money. How? It reduces waste represented by overtreatment and medical errors.

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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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