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May 27, 2015
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA

In This Issue:
Quest Diagnostics - Sponsor Message (Left)
MAHEC CME (May and June)
Dr. Suzanne Landis' Retirement Events
Register Now - Emeritus Luncheon - June 24
Register Now - Independent Physicians Affinity Group - June 29
Welcome New WCMS Members
Blue Ridge Welcomes New Chief Medical Officer
13th Annual Heartstrings Fundraiser
Action Alert from NCMS: Bills Threaten Physician Supervision of Mid-Levels
Volunteer to Tutor at A-B Tech
Job Board & Classified Ads
MAHEC CME (May and June)
MAHEC regularly provides courses for CME credit.
Check out our website calendar to see upcoming opportunities. Here are the next few events:

Dr. Suzanne Landis' Retirement Events

Register Now for the Second Quarterly Emeritus Luncheon - June 24

The upcoming Emeritus luncheon will feature guest speaker Dr. David Mouw on "Advanced Directives: Them and Us."

The luncheon will be held at the Asheville Country Club. Formal invitations are in the mail, or you can RSVP here.

Register Now for the Second Quarterly Independent Physicians Affinity Group

All member physicians who are in independent private practice are invited to attend a Q & A session with Ward and Smith, PA.



  • Contracts, including non-compete covenants and cost-sharing provisions
  • Physician-hospital arrangements, such as co-management agreements, medical directorships, professional services arrangements, and on-call coverage
  • Medical practice  arrangements, such as mergers, alliances, and asset sales agreements
  • Certificates of Need ("CON") and CON "no review" letters.

When: Monday, June 29, 2015 - 6 - 8 p.m.

Where: The Asheville Event Centre  (less than one mile off I-40 exit 51)


Space is limited, so please RSVP ahead of time to secure your spot.  Physician members of WCMS are encouraged to invite their physician colleagues to attend, regardless of membership status. Contact Megan Hare with any questions. 

Welcome New WCMS Members

Click here to view our newest members. 


Blue Ridge Welcomes New Chief Medical Officer

HENDERSONVILLE - Blue Ridge Community Health Services announces Dr. Richard Hudspeth has joined BRCHS as chief medical officer. His transition to that role began May 1 and he will assume full duties of the position on July 1. 

Click here to read more. 

13th Annual Heartstrings Fundraiser


Fun Being Had At The 13th Annual Heartstrings Fundraiser

The 13th Annual Heartstrings Fundraiser was held this weekend at Carrier Park in west Asheville. Heartstrings was at the Kids Zone at the Mountain Sports Festival and included fun activities like a bouncy house, climbing wall, and face painting. WCMS would like to thank to all the sponsors and volunteers who made this event amazingly successful. A special thank you goes to Quest Diagnostics, the presenting sponsor of Heartstrings. There were 445 families who registered to participate in the event. In total, well over 1,000 people joined us for the Heartstrings fundraiser over Memorial Day weekend. The event was a huge success, fun was had by all, and we raised $10,000 for the WCMS Foundation.


Thank you to all of the 2015 Heartstrings Sponsors!

Action Alert from NCMS: Bills Threaten Physician Supervision of Mid-Levels

Written By Elaine Ellis / May 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm:


The General Assembly is considering several bills this session that would remove physician supervision requirements for many non-physician practitioners. Among the most aggressive of these proposals is one introduced by Sen. Ralph Hise, SB 695, Modernize Nursing Practice Act, which enhances the already broad authority of the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

Now is the time to contact your state senator to contact your state senator to explain why physician supervision helps ensure the safety of your patients. Our current law allows nurses to expand their expertise well beyond their formal education by working side by side with a supervising physician. In fact, advanced practice nurses in North Carolina can perform any medical act approved by a supervising physician. The current supervision law allows nurses to practice to the fullest extent possible, while maintaining the safety net of physician expertise vital to patient safety. Contact your legislator now.

Click here to read more. 


Volunteer to Tutor at A-B Tech

Join other retired physicians, research scientists and educators to broaden the educational experience of general chemistry and/or biology students at A-B Tech Community College in Asheville, NC. These students are referred to selected A-B Tech Volunteers who tutor them one-on-one or in small groups. The volunteers appreciate being able to apply their skills toward student success and the teacher and students in these high-stress departments have come to rely on these compassionate and committed volunteers. A-B Tech Volunteers have a two-hour orientation and are introduced to the faculty members in these science areas. Please contact Jeralie Andrews, Coordinator of Volunteer, Intern and Alumni Services, at (828) 398-7761; jeralieeandrews@abtech.edu for more information.

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

WCMS is a thriving 700+ 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
WCMS Association: WCMSA is the physicians' voice advocating for the health of the physician, the patient, and the community, through strengthening the physician-patient relationship.

WCMS Foundation: WCMSF is the physician and community-led charitable arm of the medical society improving access to quality healthcare, decreasing disparities in health, and promoting health & wellness.

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