WCMS Awarded $50K Grant from The Leon Levine Foundation

Asheville, NCThe Western Carolina Medical Society is pleased to announce that The Leon Levin Foundation has awarded the organization a $50K grant to address access to affordable healthcare.

Specifically, this grant will support WCMS’s Project Access program, which provides low-income, uninsured patients, ages 18 to 64 living in Buncombe and Madison counties, a barrier-free avenue to comprehensive healthcare ranging from outpatient specialty care to inpatient surgeries, says WCMS CEO Elisa Quarles.

“The Leon Levine Foundation’s investment gives us another tool to support the work of our Project Access program and continue to ensure that our WNC neighbors receive the care they need,” said Quarles. “This support will allow us to ensure patients are living their healthiest, most fulfilling lives.”

WCMS’ Project Access provides free or low-cost comprehensive medical care to low-income, uninsured individuals. This medical care ranges from primary care, specialty care, inpatient surgeries, mental health, and medications to interpreter services, referrals, and navigation for socio-economic resources.

About The Leon Levine Foundation

Established in 1980 by Leon Levine (Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Family Dollar Stores, Inc.), The Leon Levine Foundation supports programs and organizations that improve the human condition through investments in education, healthcare, human services and Jewish values. Based in Charlotte, N.C., the Foundation invests in nonprofits across North Carolina and South Carolina with strong leadership, a track record of success, and a plan for financial sustainability. Through its investments, the Foundation intends to create pathways to self-sufficiency, champion strategies for permanent change, and facilitate opportunities for growth. Learn more online at www.leonlevinefoundation.org or follow on Twitter and Facebook @LeonLevineFdn.

About The Western Carolina Medical Society

The Western Carolina Medical Society’s mission is to advocate for healthy communities, increase access to affordable healthcare, fight health inequities, and promote wellness in WNC. Since 1885, WCMS has been respected for its leadership and innovation in addressing issues of access to affordable health care, disparities in health, and wellness promotion. Throughout its history, WCMS has been at the forefront of working collaboratively with area organizations to address the health challenges facing our community’s residents.

For more information about the Western Carolina Medical Society, contact Niki Duff, Sr. Manager of Development and Strategy at niki@mywcms.org.