MedWest-Haywood chooses new president and CEO

The new MedWest-Haywood CEO: Janie Sinacore-Jaberg has been named president and chief executive officer of MedWest-Haywood hospital in Clyde.

After a four-month search, the Carolinas HealthCare System has named Janie Sinacore-Jaberg president and chief executive officer of MedWest-Haywood hospital in Clyde. A senior executive with more than 25 years of experience in health care management, Sinacore-Jaberg most recently served as chief operating officer at a two-hospital system in Muskogee, Okla.

"We look forward to Janie filling the role of chief executive officer within the Haywood management team,” said Cliff Stovall, chairman of the Haywood Regional Medical Center board. “Her experience in patient care and administration will give us a depth of expertise that is essential in leading the hospital at this critical time.”

Sinacore-Jaberg previously served as chief executive officer at East Cooper Medical Center in Mount Pleasant, S.C., and COO at Trinity Hospital (formerly St. Joseph's Hospital) in Augusta, Ga.

“I am inspired by the talent and dedication of this team, and I can’t wait to work through our challenges, celebrate our successes and meet my new neighbors and friends,” she said, adding, “I am truly excited to be back in the Carolinas.” — MedWest-Haywood

Our VOICE hosts December fundraiser

Aiming to raise both money and awareness, Our VOICE will hold a different kind of fundraiser. The first annual W.E.A.R. Asheville is slated for Thursday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pack Place. Attendees will be able to choose from more than 100 pieces of handmade jewelry while remembering what the event’s name stands for: "We Each Are Responsible" for preventing sexual violence in the community.

“We believe that education and awareness are the building blocks of prevention, and that each of us is responsible for creating a safer community built on respect and nonviolence,” Executive Director Angélica Wind explains.

Our VOICE runs a 24/7 crisis line (255-7576) while providing free hospital accompaniment, case management, individual and group counseling for survivors of sexual assault and their families. The group conducts countywide prevention, education and outreach efforts in schools, faith communities, civic groups and local festivals.

Come early to enjoy the best jewelry selection, organizers say. There’ll also be hot, wintry drinks and desserts, plus music by singer/songwriter Jason Smith. Tickets ($25, including the jewelry) are available by phone (252-0562, www.ourvoicenc.org). Only about 100 tickets will be sold. — Our VOICE

Mission Health opens new adult care practice

From preventive care to chronic disease management, Mission Health’s newest practice, Mission Adult Medicine, offers comprehensive care for patients ages 18 and up.

"Our team is focused on the whole health of the patient," says Dr. Lorena Wade.

And with a licensed geriatric physician on staff, Mission Adult Medicine can diagnose, treat and manage diseases and conditions requiring a special approach for older adults.

"Our philosophy is that age is not defined by the number of years you have lived but rather as the age at which you function in mind, body and spirit," Dr. Ellen Marie Kaczmarek explains. "It is critical to provide services specialized to adults and even more important that we engage them earlier in their own health, so they may live long and healthy lives."
Mission Adult Medicine (900 Hendersonville Road) is currently accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call 213-8235. — Mission Health

Mission Healthcare Foundation raises more than $22,000 for breast cancer program

“The generosity of this community is truly remarkable,” said Mission Healthcare Foundation President Bruce Thorsen after the nonprofit announced that three October events had raised more than $22,000 to provide free mammograms and support Western North Carolina women with breast cancer. “We are grateful to everyone who volunteered for, participated in and contributed to our Pink October events. The funds raised throughout the month are more than double what was given last year, and it clearly demonstrates the compassion this community has.”

More than 600 women descended upon Biltmore Park Town Square on Oct. 6 for this year’s Pink in the Park 5K race, which raised over $7,500. The money will benefit the foundation’s Ladies Night Out program, help cover the cost of providing free mammograms to more than 30 women each month.

The Country Club of Asheville hosted Swing for a Cause, a women’s invitational golf tournament to benefit cancer patients throughout our region. The $12,000 raised will support a network of services, including nurse navigators, assisting women through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

And every weekend in October, the Taylor Ranch in Fletcher, N.C., hosted RanchFest & Pink Corn Maze. Thousands of visitors turned out, donating more than $2,500 to Mission’s Breast Program and local cancer care. — Mission Health

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