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May 15, 2013

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In This Issue:
Pathways Medical Management Sponsor Message (Left)
NEW! Early Career Physicians' Group (5/16)
2013 WCMS Foundation Annual Campaign
Park Ridge app: The Doctor is in
WNC Data Link Improves Continuity of Care by Linking Western North Carolina with the VA
MedWest seeks capital partner
WCMS launches new group in Linked In: WCMS' Communication Hub!
WCMS Physicians' Voice in the news
Member Announcements
Job Board & Classified Ads

NEW! WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section (5/16) 

WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section  
Wicked Weed - Downstairs Tasting Room  
Thursday, May 16th

If you are a WNC physician within your first eight years of practice, come out and join your peers tomorrow night for a pint and hors d'oeuvres compliments of WCMS Thursday, May 16th at Wicked Weed in downtown Asheville!

All early career physician members are invited to attend, and encouraged to bring physician friends or colleagues--regardless of their membership. Residents and fellows are welcome.

Click here for more information about the Early Career Physicians' Section, or RSVP now.     

2013 WCMS Foundation Annual Campaign

"HCompasselping Our Community Navigate Healthcare Change"


Thanks to the 38 Physicians in Philanthropy (PIP) so far who have donated to the Annual Campaign.  Our physicians have raised over $13,000 of the $19,780 current total.   


The Campaign goal is $50,000, so please consider joining the 38 physicians who have already given and donate today


To learn more about the 2013 Annual Campaign, go to:  http://www.mywcms.org/About/Annual-Campaign-2013/PIP   


Click here to view the current PIPs.  

Park Ridge app: The Doctor is in 

Park Ridge Health is taking a step forward in technology in an effort to make health care information more accessible for patients.


A new smart phone app has been developed for both iPhones and Droid operating systems called myPRH. The app is a convenience that Park Ridge hopes its customers will find beneficial. Read article at BlueRidgeNow.com.   

WNC Data Link Improves Continuity of Care by Linking Western North Carolina with the VA

WNC Data Link, western North Carolina's regional health information exchange (HIE), exchanges health information with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through the eHealth Exchange (formerly the Nationwide Health Information Network).  The clinical summary document exchanged with the VA, known as C32 Continuity of Care Document (CCD), contains allergies, history of encounters, immunizations, lab results, medications, problems and conditions, and vital signs.  If you are caring for Veterans, this document can provide valuable insight to information stored throughout the VA Medical System.  Click here to view the CCD location in WNC Data Link. 

If you do not have access to WNC Data Link or if you have any questions please contact us by email - datalink@wnchn.org or by calling 828-667-8220.

MedWest seeks capital partner 


WCMS launches new group in Linked In: WCMS' Communication Hub!

This group offers western North Carolina physicians an opportunity to network, share information, engage in learning from one another, and build collegiality. To join WCMS' Communication Hub, you'll need to establish a Linked In account and then join our group here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4935272

WCMS 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 are the latest releases:
You can read all about The Physicians' Voice on our website.  
Member Announcements 

New name and location for West Buncombe Family Medicine


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! Contact Nancy Caine, Member Services Coordinator at Nancy@mywcms.org.     

Job Board & Classified Ads

Asheville Anesthesia: Administrative Assistant 

Asheville Anesthesia: Compensation & Benefits Administrator 

Asheville Anesthesia: Resolution Specialist   

Asheville Anesthesia: Employment/Employee Relations Coordinator

Asheville Family Practice: FN/NP 

BRCHS: Associate Medical Director 

BRCHS: Dentist 

BRCHS: Family Nurse Practitioner 

BRCHS: Physician Assistant   

Family To Family: Medical Practice Manager  


To find out how you can post a Job or Classified Ad Click here.


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.  


Miriam Schwarz


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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director