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May 22, 2013

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WCMS Women In Medicine Section (6/20)
2013 WCMS Foundation Annual Campaign
Mission Health opens spine and back pain center
Hospital for sale? All options on the table as MedWest Hospitals contemplate future
WCMS launches new group in Linked In: WCMS' Communication Hub
New Guidelines "Normalize" HIV Testing
Primary Care Docs Average More Hospital Revenue than Specialists
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS
 

WCMS Women In Medicine Section (6/20) 

Save the date for the next WCMS Women in Medicine event on Thursday, June 20th at 5:30pm at the home of Donna Burkett, MD. The topic of discussion will be Advocating for Women's Health.

 

The WCMS's Women In Medicine section offers an opportunity for women physicians to meet, network, and share experiences common to their profession. The WIM socials are held bi-monthly.
LOCAL NEWS 

2013 WCMS Foundation Annual Campaign

"Helping Our Community Navigate Healthcare Change"

 

Five more physicians donated to the Annual Campaign since last week, making a total of 43 Physicians in Philanthropy (PIP).  WNC physicians have raised over $14,000 of the $20,740 current total.   

   

The Campaign goal is $50,000, so please consider joining the 43 physicians who have already given and donate today

     

CompassTo 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.  

Mission Health opens spine and back pain center

Asheville, N.C. (May 14, 2013) - Mission Health is pleased to announce the opening of Mission Spine & Back Pain Center. The Center is located at 7 Vanderbilt Drive in Asheville, and offers the full continuum of spine and back care in one convenient location. Read full article in the Mountain Xpress. 

Hospital for sale?  All options on the table as MedWest Hospitals contemplate future 

Read the article by Smoky Mountain News.

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.

New Guidelines "Normalize" HIV Testing 

by Todd Wallenius, MD

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released in April 2013 a new Recommendation Statement, giving HIV screening an "A" grade.  This new grade indicates that the USPSTF estimates with a high level of certainty that the net benefit of offering or providing routine HIV testing for all individuals aged 15-65 may be substantial. By identifying, engaging and retaining HIV+ individuals in treatment, we may be able to reduce the incidence of new infections in our country - an estimated figure that has remained unchanged for decades in the 50,000+ range despite an array of previous campaign strategies to improve screening.  Read more.
ITEMS OF INTEREST  

Primary Care Docs Average More Hospital Revenue than Specialists 

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! 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: Employment/Employee Relations Coordinator

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital: Urologist 

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.  

Sincerely,

Miriam Schwarz

 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director