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  Community Pulse - February 2016



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Register Now: Heart of the Healer Retreat
WCMS Helps Uninsured
2015 Success in Numbers
Free Clinic to Serve Uninsured in Swain County
BCDH Health Update: Zika Virus
Key Election Dates
Bowtie Briefing for 2/19/16
Doctor's Prescriptions Fuel N.C. Drug Overdose Epidemic
From Wake Forest School of Law: North Carolina Medicaid Expansion Issues
WCMS Job Board
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New Members to WCMS
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Upcoming Events

Register Now: Heart of the Healer Retreat 4/16/2016
This retreat will equip physicians with practical and field-tested tools to prevent and treat burnout in themselves and their colleagues. WCMS' first Burnout-Prevention Retreat in August 2015 was a resounding success. The second event will build on what we learned last last year and delve deeper into various issues affecting burnout. 
  • Improve work-life balance
  • Prevent burnout
  • Reconnect with your Joy in Medicine
  • Earn 4.5 hours of CME
When: Saturday, April 16th from 10am-4pm. 

Where: Montreat Conference Center

* WCMS members attend FREE
* Significant others invited. Childcare available. 


WCMS Helps Uninsured
WCMS is here to help the uninsured sign up for Health Insurance. Listen to Brandon's story  here.

While Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace closed on Jan 31st, some people may be eligible for a special enrollment period.  Call WCMS today to schedule a free appointment with one of our Certified Application Counselors at 274-6989.
2015 Success in Numbers
In 2015 the WCMS Foundation was able to help our community become a healthier place for our neighbors in need. The benefits of healthcare for an individual and the value of reducing health disparities in a community can be intangible. While our success is often told through stories, these numbers from 2015 speak for themselves.
* 2,690 low-income and uninsured people were enrolled in Project Access®
* $8.9 million of healthcare services was donated to Project Access® patients
* 101 people enrolled in health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace
* 4867 appointments with trained medical interpreters were provided in 14 different languages
* 6 scholarships were given to minority high school students to help them pursue a career in medicine
Free Clinic to Serve Uninsured in Swain County
Dr. Frank VanMiddlesworth is on a mission to bring free medical care to the uninsured in Swain County and improve the overall health of its residents.

He's had the hope of opening a free clinic since his family moved to Bryson City 10 years ago and it's finally coming to fruition. Swain County Caring Corner opens its doors for the first time Thursday, Jan 21, at Bryson City First United Methodist Church.
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BCDH Health Update: Zika Virus
Click here  for updated guidance for Zika Virus diagnosis, management and reporting (replaces guidance of 1/28/16).

Key Election Dates
Thursday, 3/3/16: One stop early voting begins. See  ncsbe.gov
Tuesday, 3/8/16: Last day to request a mail-in absentee ballot
Saturday, 3/12/16: One stop early voting ends
Tuesday, 3/15/16: Election day. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 a.m.
Bowtie Briefing for February 19, 2016 - NC HIEA Update
NCMS Director of Legislative Relations, Chip Baggett, provides an update on the transition to the new NC Health Information Exchange Authority (NC HIEA). Click here to view the video. 
Doctors' Prescriptions Fuel N.C. Drug Overdose Epidemic
CHARLOTTE, NC (Fred Clasen-Kelly and Cleve R. Wootson Jr./ The Charlotte Observer)- The Charlotte woman didn't know her daughter was a drug addict until she heard a thud upstairs.
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From Wake Forest School of Law: North Carolina Medicaid Expansion Issues
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Job Board

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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.   



Miriam Schwarz


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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

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