Film highlights healing effects of music for Alzheimer’s and other dementias, Nov. 3 & 4

  Press release from Land of Sky Regional Council:   A program promoting individualized music for people living in long-term care facilities will be held in Henderson and Buncombe Counties November 3 and 4 respectively. Just Press Play: Awakening the Mind through Music is bringing the film “Alive Inside” (see a short clip at to Henderson […]

CarePartners affiliates with Hospice of McDowell

Press release from CarePartners: Members of the community in Marion gathered for a signing ceremony on Monday, Oct. 24,to recognize the affiliation of Hospice of McDowell and CarePartners Health Services. The affiliation started officially on Oct. 1. It makes use of combined experience, compassion and expertise to meet patient and caregiver needs. Hospice of McDowell […]

Pardee Hospital to host UNC cancer network lunch and learn event on Friday, Oct. 28

Press release:    Pardee Hospital will host a free UNC Cancer Network Lunch and Learn videoconference series for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. The second session, “Finding Reliable Cancer Support Resources,” will take place on Friday, Oct. 28, from 12 to 1 p.m. in Pardee Hospital’s video conference room. Participants will have an opportunity to ask […]

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CooperRiis names psychologist Michael Groat as new executive director

Press release from CooperRiis: Michael Groat, PhD, a clinical leader at the Menninger Clinic in Houston for 9 years, will be the next Executive Director and President of the CooperRiis Healing Community starting Jan. 2. National expert on challenging psychiatric disorders, Groat continues CooperRiis commitment to help those with mental illness achieve their highest levels of […]

New president named at Transylvania Regional Hospital

Press release from Transylvania Regional Hospital:   A chief nursing officer who has focused on patients her entire career has been tapped to lead Transylvania Regional Hospital, Mission Health announced. Michele Pilon has accepted the position of President and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). Michele, a resident of Eden, will join Mission Health on Nov. 14. […]

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Asheville’s Evergreen Community Charter School starts bike program to improve brain function and health 

Press release:  The Specialized Foundation announced the nine schools nationwide that were selected out of a pool of 200 applicants to receive a grant to begin the cycling program, Riding For Focus, starting in Fall 2016. Riding for Focus is the cycling program developed by The Specialized Foundation that integrates cycling into physical education classes […]


Renowned dementia expert Teepa Snow to present in Asheville Nov. 14

  Press release: Park Ridge Health and Mountain Home Care have joined together in bringing Teepa Snow, one of America’s leading educators in the treatment of dementia, to offer presentations free of charge for our community. Working as a Registered Occupational Therapist for more than 30 years, Snow’s wealth of experience has led her to […]

Charles George VA Medical Center continues 5-Star quality rating 

Press release: The Charles George VA Medical Center (VAMC) has earned the 5-Star Quality rating for the 7th consecutive quarter, the highest possible rating according to VA’s Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning Value (SAIL) model. The medical center is ranked in the top 6% in a system of 128 VA, SAIL measured, medical centers […]

Haywood Regional Medical Center to host free tired leg/varicose vein educational program

Press release:   Haywood Regional Medical Center is holding a free tired leg/ varicose vein educational program on Thursday October 26th, 2016 at 5 p.m. at the Vein Center at Haywood Regional Medical Center on the 2nd floor (enter behind the hospital) led by Dr. Al Mina, MD, FACS and Dr. Joshua Rudd, DO. Those […]

Pardee Hospital Foundation appoints three new members to Board of Directors

  Press release: Pardee Hospital Foundation announced today that it has appointed three new members to its board of directors: Patsy Farmer Jones, a community volunteer and retired teacher; Steven Orr, new business representative at PSNC Energy; and Jan Richards, a community volunteer and retired practice administrator for Richards Dental Care. “I would like to […]

Hospitals request blood donations to prepare for advancing hurricane

    PRESS RELEASE: With the advancing hurricane and evacuations expected, The Blood Connection needs blood donors to make a blood donation today to ensure supply is available to meet the anticipated need. “We are asking donors to help us get ahead of the anticipated weather,” said TBC President and CEO Delisa English. “Hospitals are already […]

Park Ridge Health introduces biometric identification to improve security and efficiency for patients

  PRESS RELEASE: Park Ridge Health is the first and only health care system in Western North Carolina to implement biometric identification technology to enhance patient safety by improving accuracy and helping prevent identity theft. PatientSecure, a device that images veins in the hand, is now being used to register and identify patients at Park Ridge […]

BETTER BREAST CARE: Park Ridge Health Breast Center’s Certified Oncology Social Worker, Jennifer Reynaert, connects with patients to guide them through their care. Photo courtesy of Park Ridge Health

Park Ridge Health Receives the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Breast Centers

  PRESS RELEASE – Park Ridge Health is honored to be the recipient of the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Breast Centers. This evidence-based designation is the only award that identifies the country’s best breast centers based on robust criteria that considers female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The list of more […]

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 […]