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Message from the Foundation Board Chair, Dr. Britt Peterson

May 31, 2017

"Regardless of one’s political stance for or against certain immigration policies, we believe there are basic rules of decency that apply to everyone in the United States, whether they are citizens, green card holders, immigrants with refugee status, undocumented immigrants, tourist visa holders, or any other status.  This is particularly true in health care settings where people are in need of a safe place to heal from illness."

C. Britt Peterson, MD
2017 WCMS Foundation Chair

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Hospital Language Access is a Matter of Life or Death

June 20, 2016

Approximately 25 million people in the United States are defined as being Limited English Proficient or LEP. A LEP person cannot speak, read, write, or understand the English language at a level that permits them to interact effectively with English speakers. Hospital administrators often feel burdened by the expense of culturally and linguistically appropriate services. The perception is that these services are an empty cost for hospitals. However, the truth is that it actually saves them money. How? It reduces waste represented by overtreatment and medical errors.

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Healthier Communities through Pop-Up Markets

April 29, 2016

WCMS is proud to be collaborating with Buncombe County DHHS on Pop-Up Markets! WCMS Interpreter Network (WIN) will be working with Rasheeda McDaniels with Buncombe County DHHS to determine which Pop-Ups will best benefit from interpreter services.

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Project PROMISE Launches New Website

April 29, 2016

Project PROMISE is a local program that recruits motivated rural high school students with authentic interest in healthcare and supports them by providing exposure and mentorship in the medical field.

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Community Care of North Carolina Wins $100,000 Hearst Health Prize Chosen From Among 125 Entries From Across the Nation

March 23, 2016

Hearst Health, a division of Hearst, and the Jefferson College of Population Health of Thomas Jefferson University, announced on March 8 that Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) in Raleigh is the winner of the inaugural Hearst Health Prize, a $100,000 award given in recognition of outstanding achievement in managing or improving health. The announcement was made by Gregory Dorn, MD, MPH, president of Hearst Health, and David B. Nash, MD, MBA, dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, at the 16th annual Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia.

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Letter from the WCMS Foundation Board Chair, Kate Queen MD (Oct 2015)

October 26, 2015

November 19th is National Rural Health Day. Help WCMS celebrate our rural health care providers—thank a rural doctor today!

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Local Medical Charity Project Access® Awarded $500,000 Grant by The Duke Endowment

July 14, 2015

ASHEVILLE. N.C. (June 24, 2015) – Together with Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMS Foundation), Mission Foundation today announced it has been awarded a $500,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to cover funding shortfalls in WCMS Foundation’s Project Access® charity medical care program. Project Access® offers access to free healthcare for low income, uninsured residents of Buncombe County. 

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Public Health Advisory: Increasing Early Syphilis Cases in North Carolina

May 14, 2015

Early syphilis infections in North Carolina continue to rise. Compared to the same time period in 2014, early syphilis cases in the first 3 months of 2015 increased by 56%.

Due to this substantial increase in early syphilis infections, we are asking all medical providers to enhance sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention services to your patients.  New syphilis infections are primarily occurring among men, especially men who have sex with men (MSM) and HIV-positive individuals. Enhancing STI prevention services to these patients may efficiently address the rise in early syphilis infections and improve the health of our fellow North Carolinians.

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Letter from the WCMS Foundation Board Chair, Kate Queen, MD

April 9, 2015

Since its creation in 1996, Project Access has inspired physicians and community partners to donate their services, without compensation, to help those who do not have access to quality care. However in this era of rapid change, Project Access is being challenged to re-invent its role. In the setting of new systems of care, waning financial support and new opportunities for health insurance coverage, Project Access is embarking on a process of redefinition and revitalization.

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WCMS Foundation Board seeking Rural Health Innovations!

March 17, 2015

The WCMS Foundation Board of Directors is inviting innovative physicians, practices, and organizations from across the region to present their work to the Board.

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Smoky Mountain Center Releases 2013 Gaps and Needs Assessment

June 13, 2014

Smoky Mountain Center LME/MCO has worked to capture a snapshot not only of mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services and supports, but has also gathered information on the overall health and health concerns of individuals in the 23-county catchment area, and the economic and demographic information that impact the population’s overall health and wellness status.

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WCMS Foundation Wins Philanthropy Award

October 29, 2013

The WNC Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has selected the WCMS Foundation as the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Foundation in Philanthropy Award

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