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December 12, 2012

In This Issue:
Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
2013 WCMS Annual Celebration
WCMS Strategic Planning Update
Getting Patients to Actually Complete Advanced Directives
Mission, Park Ridge declare wins in House panel report
Shannon B. Dowler, MD, Installed as President of the NC Academy of Family Physicians
New Taxes to Take Effect to Fund Health Care Law
Member Announcements
Job Board & Classifieds
UPCOMING EVENTS 

Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1/19) 

On Saturday, January 19, 2013 citizens of Asheville and Buncombe County will celebrate our community's 32nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast to commemorate the life and work of Dr. King.


Join Us!
WCMS has purchased a limited number of tickets for this engaging event, which we are offering to physician members (and one guest) on a first-come-first-served basis. Join your local elected officials, physician colleagues, and fellow community leaders at the MLK Prayer Breakfast (the largest such gathering in the country.)
 
Saturday, January 19, 2013
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom, Grove Park Inn
 
Reserve your ticket(s) by December 21 by contacting Denise Lewis (Denise@mywcms.org or 274-2267, ext 302).

2013 WCMS Annual Celebration (1/26)  

Save the date to join your fellow WCMS Members at BMW of Asheville for this year's Annual Celebration. This year's event is graciously hosted and sponsored by BMW of Asheville; a long-time community supporter whose facility has become a premier event location in the area! Catered by Frankie Bones, and featuring live music by Chris Rhodes. 

 

Saturday, January 26th, 2013 

6:00-10:00PM
BMW of Asheville on 
Airport Rd. in Fletcher


 

Also, you could win a trip for 1 couple to go to the BMW Performance Center in Greenville, SC - be sure to mark your calendars today!

LOCAL NEWS 

WCMS Strategic Planning Update 11/30/12

Last August WCMS embarked on a three-part strategic planning process. Read more here

Getting Patients to Actually Complete Advanced Directives 

Is getting your Medicare and other patients to finish advanced directives giving you a headache? Here's some free local help to actually get the job done, with minimal effort on your part.  

Mission, Park Ridge declare wins in House panel report

Both Park Ridge Health and Mission Health issued statements saying they were pleased with a state House committee report that forces health care providers in ... Keep Reading.  

Mission Health announces collaboration with Hope Women's Cancer Centers

See press release in the Mountain Xpress.    

STATE NEWS  

Shannon B. Dowler, MD, Installed as President of the NC Academy of Family Physicians

Dr. Dowler was Chair of the WCMS Foundation BOD/Medical Director of Project Access in 2009 and has served for 6 years on the Foundation board. Congratulations, Dr. Dowler! Read More

NATIONAL NEWS  
New Taxes to Take Effect to Fund Health Care Law

Read article in the New York Times.    

ITEMS OF INTEREST  
Member Announcements

George K. Ibrahim has opened Asheville HealthspanMD  

 

Are you a WCMS Member who is opening a new practice? Are you a 100% Member Practice who has hired a new physician? Send us your announcements and we will post them for you in our new Member Announcements section of Vital Signs to keep other members informed about what's happening in our WCMS community!    

Job Board & Classified Ads

Internal Medicine Practice: Physician 

Mountain Diabetes and Endocrine Center: Business Manager 

Orthopedic Surgery Practice: Physician Assistant 

Plastic Surgery Center: Medical Biller 

 

 

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!     

 

  

 

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

We hope you enjoy our weekly e-newsletter. If you have questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me.
 

Sincerely,Miriam Schwarz, CEO

 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director