Day after day, Earl Grey sits in his wheelchair on Biltmore Avenue, his Veterans Affairs ID card taped to the top of a red Folgers coffee container. He’s been homeless for four years. But in July, some concerned locals decided to help Grey track down the missing paperwork so he could start receiving disability checks again and get off the streets. (Photo by Max Cooper)
A mid-Juy inspection revealed 23 violations that effectively suspended women’s health care services at Asheville’s Femcare, the only abortion provider in Western North Carolina The clinic has recently reopened. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)
Despite having no military base nearby, nearly 20,000 veterans call Buncombe County home — giving it the sixth-largest veteran population in the state. As local visits for PTSD, depression, substance abuse, homelessness and unemployment continues to climb at Charles George VA, three local veterans share their struggles and stories about mental health. (Cover design by Sarah Riddle)
When it comes to child development, a healthy life includes not only what’s for dinner but what’s on the screen, according to Dr. Michael Rich, who’s considered the world’s first “mediatrician.”
Whether you run or whether you walk, Dr. Michael Shea, who works as a primary care sports medicine physician at Blue Ridge Bone and Joint, shares some tips on how to keep your Achilles tendon strong and injury-free. (Photo courtesy of the Western Carolina Medical Society)
Never mind that we’ve experienced the wettest July on record (and really, it’s got to be the wettest year ever). And never mind that the lower half of the Southeast gets dubbed “the sadness belt,” due to high unemployment and poverty, and a few other matters. In Asheville, we’re happy. At least, that’s what the Huffington Post says.
Neither politics nor changes to state health regulations influenced either the timing of the recent survey of FemCare or the loss of the Asheville abortion clinic’s medical license, according to statements from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)
After a routine survey of Asheville abortion clinic FemCare revealed multiple violations, the state Department of Health and Human Services suspended the medical license of the only clinic in the state that would currently meet the new requirements of an abortion bill signed into law earlier this week.
After serving as State Health Director and Director of the Division of Public Health for 18 months, Dr. Laura Gerald has resigned from her position effective immediately, according to a statement from Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Aldona Wos. No reason for Gerald’s resignation has been given at this time.
About 20 people rallied July 26 in downtown Asheville to urge Gov. Pat McCrory to keep a campaign promise he made not to sign any new abortion restrictions into law.
When Don and Betty decided to spend their golden years in Asheville, their eldest daughter Linda Hemstreet says her organized parents only overlooked one part of their retirement plan: their longevity. As a result, like many Americans, she became a caregiver to her parents. (Photo by Julia Ritchey)
Unmarked and invisible from the main road, the adult-care home Canterbury Hills illustrates some of the underlying challenges in modern health care, especially for those with long-term mental illnesses who may have few other alternatives.
The only program of its kind in the area, Open Hearts Art Center will hold its annual talent show/fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 24. The local nonprofit provides creative adult day programs for adults with disabilities. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)
Local dermatologist Dr. Currie Custer explains how to stay safe from sun damage this summer and why it’s so important to slap on the sunscreen. (Photo courtesy of WCMS)
Plans for a partnership between Rutherford Regional Health System and Mission Health no longer exist as of today.
A bill that would both rename the Biltmore campus of the Mountain Area Education Center and honor former state representative and lifelong Asheville resident, Mary Nesbitt, was signed into law yesterday by Gov. Pat McCrory. (Photo of the bill signing courtesy of Sen. Martin Nesbitt’s Facebook page)
This afternoon, Gov. Pat McCrory released a statement saying he will sign the most recent abortion bill approved by the House.
Thanks to the increase in rainfall this year — leading to wet, saturated conditions perfect for mosquito breeding — the community may need to take extra precautions to avoid them, say local health officials.
If the North Carolina General Assembly passes a bill that would change the state’s requirements for abortion clinics, Asheville’s FemCare would be the only clinic in the state able to meet the proposed guidelines.
Canterbury Hills, an adult care home with a history of complaints, EMS calls and state violations, will close at the end of the month. The announcement came quietly through letters the Candler facility’s director Wittner Wright sent on July 1 to the Buncombe County Health Department and N.C. Division of Health Care Regulation.
Local poet and performer Griffin Payne, pictured above, teaches theater-workshop participants how to share their stories in new and creative ways. The weekly workshops are for people affected by mental illness, whether directly or indirectly, and is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Carolina. (Photo by Max Cooper)