In this screen grab from the below video, Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan dumps a bucket of ice water on North Carolina Senator Terry Van Duyn to help raise awareness and money to fight ALS.

Video roundup: Locals take the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

Over the last few weeks, a range of local notables have been participating in the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” Started by the nonprofit ALS Association to raise money and awareness to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a lethal disorder also know as Lou Gehrig’s disease, participants agree to be dumped with a bucket of ice water. […]

COLLABORATION IS KEY: Dr. Robert Fields explains how Mission Health Partners offers a new model of health care based on a collaborative, patient-centered approach. Photo courtesy of Mission Health

Making health care history: A Q&A with Dr. Robert Fields about the new Mission Health Partners network

The way we experience health care is changing. And regardless of your politics, not many would argue that there is room for improvement. Mission Health, in conjunction with MAHEC and independent physicians, is responding to those changes with a new, integrative model of care called Mission Health Partners. Xpress spoke with Dr. Robert Fields, quality director […]

Intensivist and nurse monitor data as part of Park Ridge Health's telemedicine system.

For your health: Local wellness news and events

Park Ridge Health enhances ICU care with advanced telemedicine Park Ridge Health is currently providing around-the-clock monitoring of intensive care unit (ICU) patients by physicians and critical care nurses through its new tele-ICU program. Using this technology, two-way video access in each patient’s room enables face-to-face consultations between the bedside and Advanced ICU Care team, and […]

GO WITH THE FLOW: Experienced flow artists and newbies gather for the weekly Hooping at Pritchard Park event every Tuesday evening. Photo by Tim Robison

Meditation in motion: Local flow artists use props for mental and physical health

It’s Tuesday night at the Bywater, a riverside bar in Asheville, and patrons sit in clusters under the stars. The largest group occupies one corner of the fenced-in compound next to an area marked off with orange ribbon. Suddenly, a man steps into this improvised ring and lights the grouped wicks at both ends of the staff he’s carrying. When the wicks burst into flame, he begins to spin the staff — around his hands, his arms, his shoulders and his waist — in a hypnotic series of patterns.

Before I Die wall at 35 Biltmore Ave. (photo by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt/Xpress)

The Bridges of Bardo uses public art to talk about death

Maintaining a conscious relationship with death is a necessary for living a sacred life. That’s one of the ideas behind the Bridges of Bardo, a series of public art performances, installations and conversations that all invite participants to consider and reflect upon their relationship with death. One of those installations is the Before I Die wall, an […]

COMPASSIONATE CARE: Dr. Janet Bull, chief medical officer at Four Seasons Compassion for Life, describes palliative care as "the right care, at the right time, for the right patient."

The right care: Four Seasons nonprofit wins federal grant for palliative health care reform

In essence, community palliative care is simply identifying “the right care, at the right time, for the right patient,” says Dr. Janet Bull, chief medical officer at Four Seasons Compassion for Life. The approach hardly seems radical, but it’s the basis of the potentially game-changing health care model that won the local nonprofit hospice and […]