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May 23, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
In This Issue
Catalyst Rx - Sponsor Message
Show Your Compassion Dine Around- TONIGHT!
Shrimp Picnic 2012- Last Chance to RSVP
18th National Health Equity Research Webcast
Women in Medicine Social
Think Pink- WCMS Is Seeking Women Physicians Who Golf
Direct Primary Care Providers Lower Cost of Concierge Services
Trained Interpreters For Patients With Limited English Can Help Avoid Medical Mishaps
Caring- It's What We're About
Job Board & Classifieds

UPCOMING EVENTS  

 
Show Your Compassion Dine Around- TONIGHT!
Dine out at Vinnie's Neighborhood Italian restaurant tonight from 5:00pm - 9:00 pm and provide needed health care to our uninsured and low income population of Buncombe County.  10% of proceeds will benefit the WCMS Foundation.

Shrimp Picnic 2012- Last Chance to RSVP
Shrimp Picnic 2012
Last chance to RSVP!  Send an e-mail by Thursday to kristina@mywcms.org if you would like to attend.

18th National Health Equity Research Webcast

Topic:   Social Determinants of Health Disparities: Moving the Nation to Care about Social Justice     

When:  Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 1:30-4:00pm EDT     

Where:   Group Viewing at: Buncombe County Health & Human Services - 200 College Street

Featuring:

  • Camara P. Jones, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Division of Epidemiologic and Analytic Methods for Population Health(p), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Ronny A. Bell, Ph.D., M.S., Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine and Co-Director, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
  • Aida L. Giachello, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Moderator: Cedric M. Bright, M.D., F.A.C.P., Director, Office of Special Programs and Assistant Dean for Admissions, UNC School of Medicine and 112th President, National Medical Association

This interactive session will be broadcast with a live audience at UNC School of Social Work. Buncombe County Health & Human Services invites you to join other Buncombe advocates, viewing the webcast together at our downtown College Street location. If you plan to come, please RSVP by Thursday, May 31st.  

 

Email terri.rogers@buncombecounty.org  or call Terri at 828-250-5214.  

Women in Medicine Social

RSVP for the next Women in Medicine Social on June 14th. 

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. 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.  

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Direct Primary Care Providers Lower Cost of Concierge Services
Direct primary care providers, which were once most associated with concierge health services for the rich, are reaching out to small businesses and the working class

 

Read the article by Bruce Japsen (NYT) 
Trained Interpreters For Patients With Limited English Can Help Avoid Medical Mishaps
Caring- It's What We're About
We're 80% to our Goal!  We Need Your Support to Reach $30,000 in the Next Week

Donate Now.


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

 

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 

Job Board

Board Certified Physicians- Pardee Hospital 

 

Family Physician- Community Family Practice 

 

Demographic/Charge Entry Specialist- Medstream

 

Office Assistant- Medstream

 

Payer Credentialing Coordinator- Medstream

 

Resolution Specialist- Asheville Anesthesia

 

Medical Biller- Plastic Surgery Center 

 

 

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.

 



Sincerely,
Miriam Schwarz signature
Miriam Schwarz, MPA
WCMS CEO/Executive Director