Mission Health Partners and FirstCarolinaCare Insurance Company establish network relationship to serve Medicare Advantage beneficiaries

  PRESS RELEASE: Mission Health Partners (MHP) and FirstCarolinaCare Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Pinehurst-based FirstHealth of the Carolinas, have established a new network relationship to offer a Medicare Advantage plan, FirstMedicare Direct, to seniors in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Transylvania and Yancey counties. The FirstMedicare Direct Medicare Advantage plan will be available to seniors during […]

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A tribute to Lennon, a benefit for Aurora Studio, Oct. 7

“Imagine Lennon,” a benefit for Aurora Studio & Gallery, will take place Friday, Oct. 7th, 6 – 10 p.m. at Highland Brewing Company. The concert will feature over 20 local musicians who will highlight Lennon’s musical genius, including The Alarm Clock Conspiracy, The Dirty Badgers, Cindi Lou & The Want To, Andrew Scotchie, Dorsey Parker, R. Scott […]

Mitchell County Emergency Medical Services grand opening, Sept. 29

PRESS RELEASE: The public is invited to join community members and Mission Health officials for the grand opening of the new Mitchell County EMS station. A light lunch will follow the program. WHAT: Grand opening of Mitchell County EMS station WHEN: Sept. 29 at 12 p.m. WHERE: 121 Forest Service Drive Bakersville, NC, 28705. SPEAKERS: […]

McDowell Hospital holds “topping out” ceremony, Sept. 30

PRESS RELEASE: The public is invited to celebrate a milestone at McDowell Hospital with a “topping out” ceremony. Community members will join hospital and Mission Health officials in signing and setting the final steel beam in the $45 million expansion. WHAT: Topping out ceremony WHEN: Sept. 30 at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: McDowell Hospital outside the old […]

 U.S. disability organization demands more training for police when interacting with disabled persons

PRESS RELEASE: Study by the Ruderman Family Foundation reveals that half of all recent high profile police-related killings are of people with disabilities, revealing a disturbing trend often ignored by media when reporting on police brutality The Ruderman Family Foundation, a national leader in disability inclusion, again reiterates its call for police officers to receive […]

Blue Ridge Health offers lunch and tour of medical building, Sept. 28

PRESS RELEASE: Blue Ridge Health (BRH) is offering a Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, September 28, to those interested in touring the medical facility, hearing about the history of the organization, and learning about community health centers and the Affordable Care Act. The session is open to the public and will run from 12:00 to 1:00 […]

Angel Medical Center now one of nation’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals

PRESS RELEASE: Patients at Angel Medical Center receive some of the best care in the nation, according to an important new ranking. Angel Medical Center is now one of the nation’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), a ranking reserved for less than ten percent of all Critical Access Hospitals in the nation. The designation is […]

Drill for mass shooting response planned at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital

PRESS RELEASE: Blue Ridge Regional Hospital is teaming with local law enforcement in a drill to practice responding to a mass shooting inside the hospital. The active assailant drill will be held Oct. 4. A man pretending to be the shooter will enter the lobby of the hospital and go to the second-floor medical-surgical area. He […]

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Weekend of Women’s Wisdom at Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference, Oct. 14-16

PRESS RELEASE: The Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference began a dozen years ago as a gathering of 200 women who came together to immerse themselves in the study of herbal medicine and the Wise Woman tradition of Earth-based healing. This year, organizers expect over a thousand women, of all ages and ethnicities, to attend the weekend […]

Pardee Hospital nurse receives suicide prevention training

PRESS RELEASE: Pardee Hospital announced today that Lori Johnson, MSW, BSN, RN-BC, a nurse in the hospital’s Psychiatric and Addictions Therapeutic Healing Services (PATHS) department, is one of 32 nurses nationally to receive suicide prevention training from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). Following participation in year-long online and in-person education, training, and practice, Johnson is […]

Pardee Hospital to host UNC Cancer Network Lunch and Learn series, Sept. 30

PRESS RELEASE: Pardee Hospital will host a free UNC Cancer Network Lunch and Learn videoconference series for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. The first session, “Colorectal Cancer: The Role of Vitamin D, Calcium and Low-Dose Aspirin,” will take place on Friday, Sept. 30 from 12 to 1 p.m. in Pardee Hospital’s video conference room. Participants will […]

Pardee Hospital to host volunteer fair on Tuesday, Sept. 27

PRESS RELEASE: Pardee Hospital Auxiliary will host a volunteer fair on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Garden Cafe at Pardee Hospital. Volunteer opportunities at Pardee include working in the Garden Cafe or gift shop, greeting visitors, delivering flowers to patients, transporting and escorting patients and visitors throughout the hospital, and […]

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Pardee Hospital appoints new Chief Financial Officer

  PRESS RELEASE: Pardee Hospital announced today that Andrew Wampler has been named its new chief financial officer (CFO), effective Sept. 30. Wampler joins Pardee’s executive team from Mountain States Health Alliance, where he was vice president of finance and Lean, and led system-wide corporate financial operations. He has extensive experience in financial operations, capital budgeting […]

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12th annual Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference to be held Oct. 14-16

PRESS RELEASE: The Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference began a dozen years ago as a gathering of 200 women who came together to immerse themselves in the study of herbal medicine and the Wise Woman tradition of Earth-based healing. This year, organizers expect over a thousand women, of all ages and ethnicities, to attend the weekend […]

Biltmore Restorative Medicine & Aesthetics releases new out-of-town patient guide

PRESS RELEASE: This month Biltmore Restorative Medicine & Aesthetics released a new, comprehensive resource for tourists who are interested in integrating restorative medical care into their vacation. The guide includes information about lodging, transportation, and regional attractions as well as information about the services that their practice offers. Biltmore Restorative Medicine & Aesthetics aims to […]

Healthy Aging Day events in Buncombe and McDowell Counties Offer education, inspiration, and fun

PRESS RELEASE – Growing older doesn’t have to mean growing slower! This September, the YMCA of Western North Carolina will offer two Healthy Aging Day events featuring health screenings, fitness classes, and expert talks for the area’s rising senior population as part of nationwide Healthy Aging Week programming. The two free events—in Buncombe and McDowell counties—are […]

HIMSS Analytics honors Mission Health with stage 6 recognition

PRESS RELEASE: Patients are seeing significant improvements in how care is delivered at Mission Health through the use of advanced electronic medical records and data analytics, according to a global healthcare analytics company. HIMSS Analytics has recognized Mission Health for achieving Stage 6 on the company’s Outpatient Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, also known as O-EMRAM. […]

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Aug. 26 party celebrates release of Lillah Schwartz’s new book about back pain

A party for the release of Lillah Schwartz’s new book, Healing Our Backs with Yoga: An Essential Guide to Back Pain Relief, will be held Friday, Aug. 26, at One Center Yoga, 120 Coxe Ave. The book offers readers the opportunity to learn the basic yoga poses used in Schwartz’s signature back course. It contains hundreds of photos […]

Pardee Hospital Foundation to host Women Helping Women luncheon with TV personality Joan Lunden, Oct. 28

    PRESS RELEASE: The Pardee Hospital Foundation announced today that former Good Morning America host, bestselling author and breast cancer survivor Joan Lunden will be the keynote speaker at the19th annual Women Helping Women luncheon on Friday, Oct. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the Technology Building at Blue Ridge Community College. Tickets to the luncheon […]