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In This Issue:
Johnson Price Sprinkle, PA - Sponsor Message (Left)
2013-2014 Physician Directory "Blue Book"
WCMS' Second Annual Town Hall Meeting A Success
WCMS Foundation Wins Philanthropy Award
Potential Changes for WestCare and Haywood Regional Medical Center
Mission Health Announces New Collaboration with Western Carolina's Women's Specialty Center
Rutherford Regional Health System Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Duke Lifepoint
Western Highlands/Smoky Mountain Center Merger
Health 'Coverage Gap' Affecting WNC Residents
Physicians' Voice in the News
"History of Medicine in Asheville" Debuts
Job Board & Classified Ads

 Greetings! 

 

The Community Pulse e-Newsletter is designed for community members and non-member physicians. We choose selected important news and information items to share with you, so you are able to stay in-the-know on topics of interest to you.

If you are a physician but not yet a member, click here to view benefits of joining WCMS, and click here to complete an application.

 

Thank you for your support of, and interest in, the Western Carolina Medical Society!    
LOCAL NEWS

2013-2014 Physician Directory "Blue Book"
The 2013-2014 "Blue Book" is ready for ordering! This comprehensive directory of physicians, produced by WCMS, now includes physicians and practices from all 16 WNC counties. If you would like to place an order, you can do that quickly and easily online.

(If you have a question or need to know if you're a 100% practice to get the discounted price, contact membership@mywcms.org)
WCMS' Second Annual Town Hall Meeting A Success
On October 28th, 47 of our key partners gathered at MAHEC to see and discuss the thematic results that emerged from interviewing 70 key partners in order to prepare an aspiration-driven 2014 Strategic Plan for WCMS.

Read more.
WCMS Foundation Wins Philanthropy Award
Potential Changes for WestCare and Haywood Regional Medical Center 
"The HRMC Board announced this afternoon that the process for a strategic partner for the hospitals in the MedWest Health System has reached another stage..."
Continue reading this Press Release.

"Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital (WestCare) are parting ways with Haywood Regional Medical Center. The plan is for Duke LifePoint Healthcare to buy WestCare..."
Continue reading this article from the Sylva Herald.

Mission Health Announces New Collaboration with Western Carolina's Women's Specialty Center

Rutherford Regional Health System Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Duke Lifepoint
 Click here for the press release. 

Western Highlands/Smoky Mountain Center Merger

Follow this link to read about the management of services in the eight counties formerly served by WHN, and the change in mobile crisis services provider for those counties.
Additional information: If there are specific topics of interest that you'd like to hear about, let me know at miriam@mywcms.org. SMC has offered to prepare targeted articles to address your questions.
Health 'Coverage Gap' Affecting WNC Residents
Some residents not eligible for ACA subsidies, Medicaid

Read article.

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.

"History of Medicine in Asheville" Debuts 

ASHEVILLE - Grateful Steps Publishing House has released "The History of Medicine in Asheville," Freeman Irby Stephens' meticulously researched book covering two centuries of local medical history, 1800-2000.

Stephens took on the project after retiring from his career as a pioneer specialist in internal medicine in Asheville. He died not long after completing the manuscript, which the Western Carolina Medical Society then undertook to have published.

Read more.

To order your copy, contact Grateful Steps Publishing House at 828-277-0998 or www.gratefulsteps.org.  
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Learn more about the Western Carolina Medical Society on this page. We would love to hear from you. Please contact us with any questions, comments or concerns you may have.   

 

Sincerely,

Miriam Schwarz

 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director 
(828) 274-2267 ext. 312