Chimney Rock offers family campout & free child’s admission during take a child outside week, Sept. 24-30

From a press release:   Take a Child Outside (TaCO) Week, September 24-30, is a national program created to encourage adults and children to spend time together in the great outdoors. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is offering one free youth admission with the purchase of one regular-price adult admission during TaCO to […]

Rachel Raab, MD will provide care at Hope Women’s Cancer Center

From a press release: Through a collaboration with Hope Women’s Cancer Center and Cancer Care of Western North Carolina, Rachel E. Raab, MD will be providing care for patients at Hope Women’s Cancer Center, an affiliate of Mission Health. Dr. Raab joined Cancer Care of Western North Carolina in June of this year.  Previously, she […]

Indian Cultural Association of WNC holds health fair, Sept. 26

From a press release: The Indian Cultural Association of Western North Carolina will hold a health fair will be on Saturday, Sept. 26,  from 2:00-7:00 p.m. at The Holiday Inn West, Asheville. Tentative schedule is as follows: Stations at the event (2-5 p.m.) 1) Flu and pneumonia shot clinic by registered pharmacist Hiren Mahida (Be sure […]

Mission Health’s Heart Center earns national award for cardiac care

From a press release: Mission Heart continues to receive national recognition for the outstanding cardiac care provided by its physicians and caregivers. Mission Heart has earned the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. Mission Hospital is among just 319 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. The award recognizes […]

Four Seasons Compassion for Life and Pardee Hospital collaborate on home health

From a press release: A collaborative management agreement between Four Seasons Compassion for Life and Pardee Hospital is expected to fuel the growth and development of home health services and programs at Pardee Home Health, maintaining its commitment to community excellence. The two entities are pleased to announce that Bryan Brandon, PT, MBA, MHA, has been named […]

DermaBlue grand opening features free skin cancer screening, Sept. 10

From a press release: David LaMond, D.O., medical director of DermaBlue, a dermatology practice providing a highly personalized approach to medical and cosmetic skin care, will host its grand opening celebration on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 1 to 6:30 p.m. at its Asheville location, located at 1998 Hendersonville Rd., Unit 53. From 1 to 4:30 […]

Dr. Samuel Trent Hester joins Asheville Hospitalist Group of Mission Medical Associates 

From a press release: Asheville Hospitalist Group of Mission Medical Associates, a Mission Health practice, is pleased to welcome Samuel Trent Hester, MD. “It is our pleasure to welcome Dr. Hester to the strong group of physicians and caregivers at Asheville Hospitalist Group,” said Angie Wills, Vice President, Clinical Programs, Mission Health, and Interim Vice President, […]

Dr. Christopher Elder with Asheville Orthopaedic Associates now seeing patients in Marion

From a press release: Mission Health is pleased to announce that Christopher Elder, MD, of Asheville Orthopaedic Associates (AOA), an affiliate of Mission Health, will now see patients from a new practice space in McDowell County in addition to the main AOA office in Buncombe County. Dr. Elder has been in practice at AOA since 2002. “It is […]

Dr. Donald A. Gajewski Joins Asheville Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health 

From a press release: Mission Health is pleased to announce the addition of Donald A. Gajewski, MD. Dr. Gajewski joins Asheville Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health, from the Brooke Army Medical Center Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in San Antonio, Texas, where he served as an orthopaedic surgeon as well as the Director of the Center for the Intrepid. […]

During national immunization awareness month, pediatricians look back on medicine before vaccines

From a press release:   Olson Huff, MD, FAAP, of Black Mountain remembers how common and devastating diseases were before vaccines were available to protect children. Huff is one of a number of pediatricians speaking out this month in favor of vaccinations for children in a series on, “Medicine Before Vaccines,” where he wrote: “I vividly remember how […]


One thousand women gather to celebrate earth-based healing and women’s wisdom at 11th annual Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference, Oct. 2-4

As the summer draws to a close, herbalists, healers and wise women of all ages and stages look forward to the 11th annual Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference, held from October 2-4 at Lake Eden in Black Mountain, NC. For over a decade, the conference has drawn women from around the region and beyond–women coming […]

Harris Regional Hospital presents free “Lunch and Learn” with orthopaedic surgeon Ryan Slechta, August 7

From a press release: Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva is presenting a free Lunch and Learn session with orthopaedic surgeon Ryan Slechta, MD, from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7, in the Harris Regional Hospital boardroom. This session will focus on total hip replacement and the options available. Dr. Slecta practices at Harris Orthopaedics […]

Mission Health named a 2015 most wired hospital

From a press release: Mission Health has been named one of the “Most Wired” hospitals in the country, joining just six others in North Carolina and about 230 nationwide.  The health system’s flagship hospital, Mission Hospital, was recognized for the three previous years. Most Wired Hospitals focus on security and patient engagement. The awards are presented […]

Local medical charity Project Access® awarded $500,000 grant by The Duke Endowment

From a press release: 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 […]

Local child care center becomes model for giving children a healthy start

From a press release: On July 16, Verner Center for Early Learning will be distinguished as a Shape NC Demonstration Site, one of only six in North Carolina and the only one in Western North Carolina. Shape NC: Healthy Starts for Young Children is an early childhood obesity prevention program that has dramatically improved child care […]

IPC Healthcare acquires Extended Care Physicians

From a press release: IPC Healthcare, Inc. , a leading national acute hospitalist and post-acute provider organization, announced today that it has acquired Extended Care Physicians (ECP), one of the largest private practice post-acute groups in the Carolinas. The acquisition expands the post-acute presence in North & South Carolina. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, ECP for […]

Blue Ridge Community Health Services earns national recognition for patient-centered care

From a press release: The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced on Monday that Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS) has received Level 3 NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition. BRCHS received this recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships for all of the organization’s […]