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December 19, 2012

In This Issue:
Season's Greetings from WCMS
Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
2013 WCMS Annual Celebration
Healthy communication: Interpreter network expands to Henderson, Transylvania Counties
2013 Medical and Palliative Care Project to Zambia
Year End Donations to the Annual Fund.
Member Announcements
Job Board & Classifieds




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 

BMW of Asheville on 
Airport Rd. in Fletcher


Also, you could win a trip for 2 to go to the BMW Performance Center in Greenville, SC - be sure to mark your calendars today!


Healthy communication: Interpreter network expands to Henderson, Transylvania Counties

When patients in Henderson and Transylvania Counties tell doctors where it hurts next year, their spoken language won't cause additional harm or discomfort.

For patients who are already suffering, "Having a language barrier and being forced to get a community member or family member to talk for you puts your health information out there for everybody to see," says Mary Jo Dukas, program coordinator of the WNC Interpreter Network. Read article in the Mountain Xpress. 

2013 Medical and Palliative Care Project to Zambia

Zambia is a country located in southern Africa. It has a population of approximately 13 million people whose languages include English as well as seventy-two native languages. It is one of the poorest nations and lags behind the world in providing basic safe sanitation and ... Keep reading.  

Year End Donations to the Annual Fund

Did you know that almost 15% of the WCMS Foundation's annual operating budget is supported by revenue from Foundation events, designated charitable program contributions, and donations to our Annual Fund?

Gifts to the Annual Fund help support our top three initiatives of the Foundation-access to care, reducing health disparities and wellness and prevention. Go to our website for more information.  

Member Announcements

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 

Office Space Available - Arden


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