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January 25, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
In This Issue
Four Seasons - Sponsor Message
The State of Prescription Drug Abuse in WNC
HeartStrings- Register Now!
Annual Celebration- RSVP Now
WCMS Members Approve 2012 Board Members
It's Project Access Pledge Time!
Pardee, Mission Joint Venture Moves Forward
Dr. Landis Selected for New Innovation Advisors Program to Improve Care for Patients
The Physicians' Voice in the News
You Get We Give- Weekly Deal- Corner Kitchen
Job Board & Classifieds



The State of Prescription Drug Abuse in WNC  

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Thursday Feb. 2nd, 2012, 6:00 - 8:00 PM 

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RSVP By January 27th, send email to rsharpe@ccwnc.org or call 828-348-2812
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Annual Celebration

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It's Official! WCMS Members Approve 2012 Board Members 

The WCMS membership has officially approved the new 2012 Board of Directors.  Thanks to our 90th voter, Dr. Michael LeCroy, for making the vote official and meeting our required 10% quorum (in total, we received 149 yes votes, one no vote).  2012 promises to be an exciting year for both the Association and Foundation so stay tuned!  Many thanks to our outgoing Association President, Dr. Rob Fields, and outgoing Foundation chair, Dr. Steve Buie, for their outstanding service in 2011.  They will formally hand over the gavel to their successors (Drs. Cindy Brown and Brent Jeffries) at our upcoming Annual Celebration at Highlands Brewery on February 18, so please be sure to join us


Click here to view the new Association and Foundation slates.

It's Project Access Pledge Time!
Project Access™ is excited about entering its sixteenth year and we are ready to start receiving physicians' pledges! We have sent out faxes and emails with physician pledge forms, so please keep an eye out for those. If you would like to have them resent, contact Jana Kellam at jana@mywcms.org and she'll be happy to get them back out to you right away. WCMS staff has been working diligently with the Foundation Board of Directors to make many needed changes to the Project Access program. See this link for details: http://www.mywcms.org/News-and-Events/Newsroom/Project-Access-Pledge-Time.

Pardee, Mission Joint Venture Moves Forward 

Dr. Suzanne Landis Selected for New Innovation Advisors Program to Improve Care for Patients

The Physicians' Voice in the News 

WCMS is proud to announce another high quality addition to the series of "The Physicians' Voice" media presentations aimed to showcase to the general public our physicians' world-class medical expertise and focus on patient/community health.    


Here is the latest release: "Clyde physician recommends HPV vaccine for girls to ward off cancer" by Dr. Robin Matthews.  


You can read all about The Physicians' Voice on our website.  


You Get We Give- Corner Kitchen 

You pay $16 for $38 worth of food at Corner Kitchen.  Buy now and support the WCMS Foundation.

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Job Board

Testimonial from Mountain Kidney and Hypertension Assoc:

"The WCMS Job Board has proven to be a very successful endeavor for our practice.  The ad was posted on the webside two weeks ago and we have just hired a new employee with experience which is perfectly matched to the job description. Thank you again for taking the search out of our hands and for the positive outcome."


Becky Slaughter

Office Manager

Mountain Kidney & Hypertension Assoc., P.A



Click here for the complete list of job postings on our website.    


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Why Join the Western Carolina Medical Society? 


WCMS is a thriving 900-plus member professional association of the physicians of western North Carolina and a chartered component medical society of the NC Medical Society and the AMA. The WCMS is an organization run by physicians for physicians.


Our Mission

The WCMS is the physicians' voice advocating for the health of the medical profession, the health of the patient, and the health of the community.


Our Vision

To be a dynamic physician community dedicated to a healthy, vibrant Western North Carolina.


About WCMS   

The purpose of WCMS is:

  • To strengthen the voice of WNC physicians in advocating for the health of the medical profession, the health of the patient, and the health of our region
  • To inform, educate and prepare physicians for rapidly occurring changes in health care at national, state, and local levels  
  • To share legislative and policy information and advocate on behalf of physicians in areas of mutual interest
  • To share available resources in areas of mutual interest
  • To promote physician-to-physician communication and dialogue in an open, honest and safe environment 

Click here for a complete listing of membership benefits.      


The Foundation is WCMS' non-profit, charitable arm. The Foundation is well-respected and nationally recognized for its leadership and innovation in addressing issues of access to quality health care, disparities in health, and wellness and prevention for people in WNC. We are committed to involving both community AND physicians in this work.  


Our flagship program is Project Access, a comprehensive, volunteer primary and specialty physician network providing access to healthcare at no charge for low-income, uninsured residents. Another key program is the WNC Interpreter Network, which addresses disparities in health due to linguistic barriers.   


The archive of WCMS e-newsletters is available from the publications menu on our website at http://www.mywcms.org/News-and-Events/Weekly-E-Newsletter  Thank you for your interest in WCMS. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me or any one of our courteous, professional staff.


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Miriam Schwarz, MPA
WCMS CEO/Executive Director