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September 17, 2014
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
Van Winkle Law Firm- Sponsor Message (Left)
Newcomers'/Cornerstones' Picnic
Retirement Celebration for Drs. Frank Moretz & James Brown
Recruitment Tool: Medical Loan Repayment
Physicians' Voice in the News
WCMS Conducting a Virtual Candidate Forum
WCMS Strategic Planning- Find out what your Board Thinks
Franklin's Angel Medical Center Hosts 1st Residents
Quotes from a New WCMS Member
Member Benefits- Did You Know?
2014 Newcomers'/Cornerstones' Picnic (9/28) 
Enjoy a fun-filled, family-friendly afternoon to welcome new physicians to Western North Carolina and celebrate physicians who have served our community for 30+ years (Cornerstones). 

All members are invited- be there to represent WCMS to our newest physicians!

View the 24 Cornerstone physicians being honored this year
View the 80+ Newcomer physicians being welcomed at the Picnic

When: Sunday, September 28th  4:00-7:00pm
Where: Yesterday Spaces in Leicester, NC
Food: Buffet dinner provided along with beer and wine.  Plus s'mores at the outdoor fire pit!
Activities: Wagon ride, petting farm animals, cornhole and other outdoor games and a short presentation to welcome the Newcomer physicians and honor the Cornerstone physicians!   

Plus enjoy live music by Deep River, one of WNC's premier country/bluegrass bands.                            

This event is free to attend, but please RSVP ahead of time.  RSVP Now.


Thanks to our sponsors: 

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All Care Clinical Associates
Southeastern Sports Medicine
The Buyers Agent
Retirement Celebration for Drs. Frank Moretz & James Brown (10/12)  
Retirement party for Dr. Frank Moretz & Dr. Jim Brown
Sunday, October 12
4pm to 6:30pm
Highland Brewing Company

The evening will include a cash bar, food available for purchase form Cici's Culinary tour and two live bands (Carolina Blue, a bluegrass band, and Blues Crew, Dr. Andrew Hart's blues band).  Weather permitting, it will be hosted in the outdoor field at Highlands Brewery, otherwise it will be in the tasting room. 

Please RSVP if you know you'll be attending to give an idea on head count. 
Recruitment Tool: Medical Loan Repayment (10/22)  
Join MAHEC for a two-hour information session on medical recruitment and available student loan repayment through the N.C. Office of Rural Health.

Presenter: Jerry Boylan, medical placement specialist, N.C. Office of Rural Health & Community Care

October 22, 10am - 12pm at MAHEC Education Building. 

Click here for more information.
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.
WCMS Conducting a Virtual Candidate Forum
The Western Carolina Medical Society wants to help physicians, their staff, families and patients make the most informed decisions on election day.  So we are conducting a "virtual" candidate forum.  We have sent e-mails to each candidate running for NC State House and NC State Senate with five key questions on important healthcare topics.

Once we receive responses from candidates, we will post the results on our website so you can see each candidate's opinions on these important topics.  Results will be posted in early/mid October- in plenty of time for voting day on November 4!

Click here to see the letter and questions we asked each candidate.
WCMS Strategic Planning- Find out what your Board Thinks
We've been hard at work collecting data and assessing themes from interviews with over 100 key stakeholders about our current performance and possibilities for the future.

On September 8, the Association Board met to contribute to the strategic discussion. The board was asked to discuss some root causes for "ambivalence" about membership among WCMS members and non-members alike, along with proposed solutions.  Some of the root causes included lack of time (significant); lack of alignment with a strong sense of purpose; perceptions of being disrespected by the public, politicians, business, patients; and the feeling of being disempowered, ineffectual, irrelevant.  Proposed solutions included: moving physicians from current burnout to renewed joy and meaning in their practice of medicine (mentoring program strongly recommended); enhancing easy-to-use technology for communication and connectivity; clarifying WCMS' purpose/mission with a focus on the physician-patient relationship; more clearly identifying/promoting WCMS' value-added services, engaging directly in recruitment/retention activities; serving as a resource hub; and promoting the value of profession of medicine to stakeholders.

If any of these topics resonate with you and you'd like to elaborate, or if you disagree with them, let me know at Miriam@mywcms.org.

From this kind of feedback and with help of our interviewees, Association Board, Foundation Board, and Development Council, we will develop key strategies for 2015 that will enable WCMS to better fulfill the aspirations of the stakeholders who were interviewed, such as: independent physicians, employed physicians, health system leaders, funders/donors/business leaders, practice managers, community leaders, Project Access patients and of course, our employees.
Franklin's Angel Medical Center Hosts 1st Residents  
"For the first time in Angel Medical Center's 91-year history, medical residents are training at the center. Five first-year family medicine residents from Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville will each spend a week in an Angel Primary Care practice under the preceptorship of family medicine physicians Lawson Hunley and Jason Creel."

Continue reading.
Quotes from a New WCMS Member 
"I am a new member and I have already found tremendous value working with the Society.
  • Mission's plan to form ACO. I didn't even know what ACO meant. I contacted WCMS and they took a very impartial view, referring me to two doctors-one who enrolled and one who did not. I found this extremely valuable. I have decided not to sign up right now, but probably will in the future.
  • I was very close to deciding not to take Medicaid patients based on problems I was having with NC Tracks. I called the Medical Society and explained the situation. Something I had been struggling with for months was taken care of in a few weeks.
  • Communication is the best. Email, calls, newsletter is excellent. They have been very responsive to my needs and are unbiased in helping us.
I don't feel as "naked" out here as I did before becoming a member of the Society."

- from a WNC Physician
Member Benefits- Did You Know? 
Did you know that one benefit of being a WCMS Member is:

We improve communication between physicians?  DocBookMD is a free app for WCMS members that allows you to send HIPAA-compliant text messages to your colleagues from your smart phone or tablet.  The app also serves as an up-to-date directory for physician fax/phone numbers, email and more!

Click here to find out more about the DocBookMD app or to sign up.
Job Board & Classified Ads
Job Board:
Member Services Coordinator  (WCMS)
Coding & AR Billing Administrator  (Asheville Radiology)
Quality Improvement Consultant  (MAHEC)
Medical Interpreter  (WCMS)
Associate Medical Director  (Rutherford Health Center)

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

WCMS is a thriving 750 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.  


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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director