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Director of Health & Wellness 
Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community 
828-274-1531 ext: 3282 

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May 2, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
In This Issue
Deerfield Retirement Community - Sponsor Message
Shrimp Picnic 2012
Think Pink- WCMS Is Seeking Women Physicians Who Golf
The Physicians' Voice in the News
President of MedWest-Harris, Swain Says They Do Not Need to Combine with Mission
MedWest Officials Respond to Doctor's Statements
News from WNC Health Network's IHI Triple Aim
Invitation to Join Transition Work Group
Caring- It's What We're About
Sick of Status Quo, Doctors Test No-Insurance Models
WCMS Endorsed Vendor Update
Job Board & Classifieds


Shrimp Picnic 2012- Save the Date
Shrimp PicnicClick here for a list of this year's honorees. 
Think Pink- WCMS Is Seeking Women Physicians Who Golf

A Women's 9- Hole Golf Tournament benefiting the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation has been set for Tuesday, August 7 at 5:30pm at the Grove Park Inn Golf Club.  


Do you play golf? If yes, we would like our WCMS women physicians to participate! Hit the links with fellow professional women and enjoy all of the fun, food and surprises that are planned!  


If your practice or employer may consider taking a sponsorship, please link here for further information. WCMS members are being given "first shot" at these, but only until May 7. Some of the sponsorships have 2 players included in the packages. Otherwise, cost is $50 per player.   


For more information or questions e-mail kristina@mywcms.org.  

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: "Minority health care not yet sufficient" by Dr. Shannon Dowler, Medical Director of Blue Ridge Community Health Services in Henderson county. | BlueRidgeNow.com 

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

President of MedWest-Harris, Swain Says They Do Not Need to Combine with Mission
MedWest Officials Respond to Doctor's Statements
News from WNC Health Network's IHI Triple Aim

As a result of WNCHN's participation in IHI Triple Aim (http://www.wnchn.org/quality), The Commonwealth Fund has chosen WNC to be one of two initial test sites for a regional scorecard. The scorecard consists of 43 (35 scores due to combining) healthcare indicators compiled from 12 sources. This data will be used to benchmark our projects as well as healthcare in our region. The data was released nationally in March 2012.


The regions are based on the Dartmouth Atlas Hospital Referral Regions (HRR). This is determined by which hospital patients are admitted to for heart or brain surgery according to Medicare data and the patient's home zipcode. There are 306 HRRs in the nation; we are currently 154th. Our lowest quartile scores are centered around diabetes, dental and mental health."


View Asheville's scorecard.  

Invitation to Join Transition Work Group

Are you interested in helping to improve the transition of youth with special health care needs from pediatric to adult medical homes? The Innovative Approaches grant project, Community Care of WNC, and the Western Carolina Medical Society are collaborating to address this issue. We are currently pursuing a pilot project to assist a pediatric practice implement transition processes that prepare all YSHCN for transition out of the pediatric setting.


The next step is to bring together interested adult primary care providers to explore ways to make it easier for YSHCN to find adult medical homes and to build community support for providers who accept these youth.


If you are interested in joining such a group to work with your peers to identify and address community challenges in order to better serve YSHCN, please contact:


Miriam Schwarz



828-274-2267 x312


For more background information, click here


Caring- It's What We're About
INSPIRE by Reducing Health Disparity

The Medical Minority Mentoring Program is an internship for under-represented minority students who have an interest in practicing medicine. This program addresses the need for increasing the diversity of physicians practicing medicine in WNC.

$1000 gives one medical minority student who plans to attend medical school a scholarship from the Dr. Charles Blair Health Parity Scholarship Fund.


"Before participating in MMMP, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do in life. After completing such a great internship, I now know that I will work in the health care field so that I can give back to my community." 

- Robert Underwood - 2011 intern

Join your fellow physician colleagues by becoming a Physician in Philanthropy and donating to the 2012 WCMS Foundation's Annual Campaign between now and May 10th.


Find out more of how you can help: http://mywcms.org/About/Annual-Campaign-2012/PIP or Donate Now 


Brent Jeffries, MD

President, WCMS Foundation Board


Cynthia Brown, MD

Chair, WCMS Association Board 

Sick of Status Quo, Doctors Test No-Insurance Models

Reporter Patrick Danner writes about a small group of primary care physicians in Texas who have ditched health insurance for a "direct pay" model. One physician even utilizes North Carolina-based Physician Care Direct (PCD), a company that provides direct pay to doctors.  


Read the San Antonio Express-News article.  

WCMS Endorsed Vendor Update
Read this message from Johnson Price Sprinkle PA. 
Job Board

Primary Care Physician- Three Streams FHC 



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.    


Classified Ads

Click here for the complete list of classified ads on our website.    

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