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August 28, 2013

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In This Issue:
Sponsor Message from WCMS Interpreter Network (Left)
Annual WCMS Newcomers' Picnic (9/15)
Fundraiser at Dr. Ben Gilmer's House (9/21)
MAHEC Fall Physician Recruitment Dinner (10/1)
Lewis Rathbun, MD turning 100!
Mission Hospital Layoffs & Budget Cuts
Sign up for your new WCMS member benefit today: DocbookMD
Physicians' Voice in the news
The New Health Care Law and You (Consumer Guide
Job Board & Classified Ads

Annual WCMS Newcomers' Picnic (9/15) 

Join us at the 2013 WCMS Annual Newcomers' Picnic at The Farm in Candler on September 15th from 4-7:30pm. Go to our website for more details, to see a list of our sponsors and for registration information.

Fundraiser at Dr. Ben Gilmer's House (9/21)

Shoulder to Shoulder/Albert Schweitzer Music Fest Fundraiser on Saturday, September 21st at the Gilmer's - Featuring Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion.


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MAHEC Fall Physician Recruitment Dinner (10/1)

An event bringing residents and fellows in touch with practice opportunities in WNC. Download flier.
Lewis Rathbun, MD turning 100!
Local retired physician Lewis Rathbun, MD will become a centenarian  on October 12th, 2013. As family members prepare for a special celebration they are asking for any stories, memories or photographs of Dr. Rathbun. If you have anything to share please contact Dr. Rathbun's daughter Alexandra Keifer at alexandrakiefer@yahoo.com or mail to her at 1092 High Vista Dr., Mills River, NC 28759.

Dr. Rathbun graduated from Harvard Medical School as an OB/GYN in 1939. A few years later, in 1944, he joined and served as a Lieutenant in the Naval Medical Corps in the South Pacific during WWII. Dr. Rathbun came to Asheville in September of 1947 as the first specialist to practice obstetrics and gynecology. He retired in 1985.

Mission Hospital Layoffs & Budget Cuts 

The president and CEO of Mission Hospital says the hospital will have to cut 70 jobs, but other cost cutting measures will eliminate the need to lay off as many as 500 other positions.

Read More at: http://wlos.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wlos_mission-hospital-layoffs-budget-cuts-12956.shtml

Sign up for your new WCMS member benefit today: DocbookMD  

DocbookMD can be the smartphone and tablet communications solution for your practice. Let us help you bring DocbookMD to you and your practice!

DocbookMD Provides:
  • Unique coordination across the full care team, including nurses, PAs, and office staff
  • Fast, HIPAA-secure messaging
  • Customized directory for physicians and staff
  • Ability to receive critical value reporting from radiology and lab departments
  • Ability to attach high-resolution images, including X-rays and EKGs, to any message
  • Directory of local pharmacies
  • Integration with your answering service
  • Web-based one-way messaging portal  
To sign up today, contact DocBookMD at info@docbookmd.com or jana@mywcms.org.

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 is the latest release:
You can read all about The Physicians' Voice on our website.

The New Health Care Law and You (Consumer Guide)  

Download consumer guide for patients:The New Health Care Law and You.
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

AllCare Clinical Associates: Credentialing Specialist 

AllCare Clinical Associates: Insurance Specialist  

BRCHS: Adult Psychiatrist/ Psychiatric NP/Psychiatric PA 

Carolina Spine & Neurosurgery Center: Clinical Supervisor  

Sisters of Mercy: PRN Physicians 

Sisters of Mercy: PRN PA or FNP   


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