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August 22, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
In This Issue
National Lipid Association 2012 Fall Clinical Lipid Update- Sponsor Message
Women in Medicine August Social
Healthcare Leadership Series
Birthday Gala to Benefit Project Access®-Save the Date
Sawbones vs Jawbones- Save the Date
WCMS Participating in State-Wide ACO Consortium
Mission Health in North Carolina to Launch New Brand for Family Care Facility
NC Undecided on Expanding Medicaid in Health Care Law
NC Officials Report First Infant Death from Whooping Cough
Many U.S. Doctors Have Symptoms of Burnout: Survey
All Souls Counseling Center
Job Board & Classifieds


Women in Medicine Social
Click here for information on the August 30th social.
Healthcare Leadership Series

Need help leading your practice successfully through healthcare reform? 


For more information and to register for the Healthcare Leadership Series, in partnership with MAHEC, The Van Winkle Lawfirm, and Johnson Price & Sprinkle Click Here.  

 Birthday Gala to Benefit Project Access- Save the Date! 
Join Us in helping Dr. Suzanne Landis celebrate her 60th Birthday.  Dr. Landis, known to the Buncombe County Medical Community as the "Mother of Project Access", asks you bring no gifts, but instead, make a minimum donation to the Western Carolina Medical Society's Foundation programs, including Project Access.  Your generous donation will ensure that the uninsured in Buncombe County will have access to medical care. And, of course, we will all have a great time marking Dr. Landis' milestone birthday!

The night includes dinner, dessert and dancing.

Sunday, September 23rd @ 6:00pm

Century Room at Packs Tavern

Invitation to follow
 Sawbones vs Jawbones- Save the Date!
Sawbones vs Jawbones 2012 Come watch your WNC physicians engage in a high-spirited basketball game with the local attorneys!

Sunday, September 30 at 6pm
Carolina Day School gymnasium

For info on the VIP Reception, Kids Zone, Silent Auction and more, go to

Thanks to our current Sponsors:
SvJ Sponsors
Advanced Business Equipment, Inc  | Drs. Chambers, Baechtold, Haldeman & Pratt, DDS  |  Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP  |  First Citizens Bank  |  Roberts & Stevens, PA

WCMS Participating in State-Wide ACO Consortium 

The Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS), along with 26 other North Carolina medical societies and organizations, is committed to helping the medical community face the challenges of a changing health care environment. Under the leadership of NCMS, together we are launching the Toward Accountable Care Consortium and Initiative for the purpose of providing the medical community with the knowledge and tools needed to understand, participate in, navigate, lead, and succeed in a value-driven health care system.


Here are some "products" you can expect in the coming months:

  • Intro article about accountable care
  • "White paper" on physician-led ACOs
  • Intro webinar-featuring emerging North Carolina ACO's
  • Physician's guide for negotiating bundled payment
  • Guidance for distributing shared savings

More information here.

Mission Health in North Carolina to Launch New Brand for Family Care Facility  


NC Undecided on Expanding Medicaid in Health Care Law  

NC Officials Report First Infant Death from Whooping Cough 


Many U.S. Doctors Have Symptoms of Burnout: Survey 

All Souls Counseling Center 

All Souls Counseling Center was created twelve years ago to provide a safety net for people needing counseling services that were uninsured or under insured.

Read more about All Souls Counseling Center.
Job Board

Part Time F.N.P. or P.A. - Dry Ridge Family Medicine


Medical Biller- Plastic Surgery Center


NC AHEC Program Director & Executive Associate Dean- School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill 


Has your practice or business had good luck finding the right candidate using our Job Board? Tell us about it, and we'll add your testimonial to our website!     


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, CEO
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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director