WCMS Physician Dream Team Goes to Raleigh for White Coat Wednesday

March 24, 2017

On March 22nd, CEO Miriam Schwarz and five politically fired-up WCMS physicians (L-R in picture: Drs. Samantha Read-Smith and Mark McNeill, Sen. Chuck Edwards, CEO Miriam Schwarz, Drs. Scott Langford, MaryShell Zaffino, and Mike Parmer,) traveled to Raleigh to meet with WNC legislators.

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A Message of Support to Interpreters from WCMS Board Presidents

March 24, 2017

Dear Interpreters,

Recently some of you reported to WIN that you and the patients you interpret for have been experiencing harassment and bullying in our waiting rooms. These incidents have been reported to the CEO, Miriam Schwarz, who in turn shared the information with her WCMS Boards.

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Diversity Flyer

March 23, 2017

In light of recent events of discrimination towards staff and other patients at various practices, (see the Citizen Times article on the topic) WCMS created a multilingual flyer for practices to print and display as needed. This message is in English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Moldavian.

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Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership

March 13, 2017


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Regional Physician Meeting Held to Address Opioid Abuse Crisis

March 1, 2017

On February 28th,  physicians representing 11 different health care systems, hospitals, and FQHCs met to discuss what physicians are doing across WNC to address the opioid crisis.

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Public Health Alert for Providers from BCHHS: Increase in Reports of Varicella (Chickenpox) Illness

February 22, 2017

Buncombe County Health and Human Services recently has seen an increase in varicella cases in some local schools. While varicella is not a reportable disease, outbreaks are common and we work with school nurses and school administrators to prevent further spread, especially to vulnerable populations.

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Providers and the Community Response to Opioids

February 14, 2017

Last month we explored the reasons for the opioid crisis and the serious potential for addiction with the use of opioids.  As providers, we have become acutely aware of the crisis because of the exponential rate of opioid overdoses and overdose deaths in our community.

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N.C. School-Based Telehealth Program Grows Into National Model

February 3, 2017

In its sixth year of providing school-based care via telehealth in four counties of North Carolina, the nonprofit Center for Rural Health Innovation’s Health-e-Schools program has grown into a national model. What started as a pilot in three rural schools in the Appalachian Mountains has grown to 33 schools in four counties.

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Personalized Medicine at Mission Health

January 25, 2017

Personalized Medicine offers a scientific, individually guided approach to improve the health of individuals and our population.

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Lessons of the Opioid Addiction Epidemic

January 18, 2017

"But after prescribing opioids to millions of patients for noncancer pain, we have learned the following: These medications ARE addictive. One third of patients prescribed opioids for 2 months or more — just 2 months — become addicted or dependent on the medications."

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Harris Cardiology opening at Harris Regional Hospital January 9

December 13, 2016

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Crecent Health Solutions Appoints Chief Executive Officer

December 8, 2016

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WCMS Foundation Endowment Fund Provides Support for Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County

November 28, 2016

The Good Samaritan Clinic in Jackson County received $8,640 from WCMS Foundation's Endowment Fund (as part of a $20,000 Community Foundation of WNC People in Need Grant) for an 8-month initiative to transition from a paper medical record system to an electronic health record system.

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BCHHS Public Health alert: Flu Season Update

November 3, 2016

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"Get Home Early" Presentation with Dr. Mark McNeill

October 5, 2016

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