Election interviews­: Esther Manheimer and John Miall

As the municipal election on Tuesday, Nov. 5 draws near, time is running out for Asheville voters to decide who they want to be the city’s next mayor. The two candidates vying for the job are current Vice Mayor and lawyer Esther Manheimer and former City Risk Management director John Miall. Today, Saturday, Nov. 2 is the last day to vote early. (Caricatures by Randy Molton)

Charles George VA Medical Center to host its third annual ‘Saluting Our Veterans’ car and bike show

Press release From Charles George VA Medical Center: CHARLES GEORGE VA MEDICAL CENTER, Asheville – The Third Annual Saluting Our Veterans Open Car and Bike Show is scheduled for 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., tomorrow, at the Charles George VA Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Rd., in Asheville. The show is free to the public. The […]

HRMC board votes to pursue affiliation with Duke LifePoint Healthcare, will hold public hearing

Press release From MedWest Haywood: Clyde, NC – The HRMC Board announced this afternoon that the process for a strategic partner for the hospitals in the MedWest Health System has reached another stage. The WestCare and HRMC Boards have been carefully evaluating affiliation options within a process that has been created in concert with the […]

Four Seasons named the No. 1 hospice care provider in WNC

Press release From Four Seasons: FLAT ROCK, N.C. – A respected hospice care provider in North Carolina for almost a decade, Four Seasons Compassion for Life, http://www.fourseasonscfl.org leads the western region of the state for its significant percentage of patients served. Over the last five years, Four Seasons has maintained the highest death service ratio […]

Information sessions about the Affordable Care Act planned throughout November

From the Buncombe County Public Libraries Newsletter: The Council on Aging of Buncombe County will present an informational program on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at several libraries in the month of November. The event will provide an overview of the ACA the federally funded marketplace in North Carolina and review the information needed to […]

Smoky Mountain News: Haywood County GOP divided by internal debate about its direction

From the Smoky Mountain News Story by Becky Johnson: Some mainstream Republicans in Haywood County fear their local party is being hijacked by a far-right faction with extreme views on what limited government should look like. The ascension of what some deem the radical right into leadership positions on the party’s executive committee is steering […]

Transylvania Regional Hospital and McDowell Hospital receive national recognition for patient care

Press release From Mission Health: Asheville, N.C. (Oct. 30, 2013) – In national quality rankings that were released today by the leading accreditor of American healthcare organizations, two Mission Health hospitals have been recognized for exceptional performance. For the third year in a row Transylvania Regional Hospital has been named one of the nation’s top […]

NC parks director to become executive director for the National Association of State Park Director

Press release From the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources: RALEIGH – North Carolina’s state parks director Lewis Ledford is retiring from the state agency he has led for the past decade to become the executive director for the National Association of State Park Directors. Ledford, who helped spearhead the state’s purchase of Chimney […]

Community donates more than $150,000 to support breast cancer programs

Press release From Mission Foundation: ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 28, 2013) – Mission Foundation announced today that the western North Carolina community donated more than $150,000 to support women in the region to prevent and fight breast cancer. Funds were raised at three event to support Mission Health’s Breast Cancer Program. “We are grateful to have […]

Buncombe County awarded more than $100,000 to ensure emergency food, shelter

Press release From Buncome County Health and Human Services: Nearly $100,000 has been granted to Buncombe County to ensure emergency food and shelter is available for our residents in need. These funds will be awarded through an application process, boosting the work of community partners to build a safer and healthier community. A local board […]

Last beam goes up at Angel Medical Center’s Cancer Center

Press release From Angel Medical Center: (Franklin, NC) It was a beautiful afternoon as Vannoy Construction raised the last beam on the new home for Angel Medical Center’s Cancer Center on Wednesday, October 9th. Approximately 125 Franklin folks, AMC staff, volunteers, and physicians were in attendance for the event and each person was asked to […]

McDowell Hopsital President Lynn Boggs named Senior VP of System Operations for Mission Health

Press release From Mission Health: ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 18, 2013) – Mission Health announced today that Lynn Boggs, MBA, MSN, RN, President and CEO of McDowell Hospital, has been promoted to the role of Senior Vice President, System Operations, for Mission Health, while remaining president and CEO of McDowell Hospital. A proficient health care executive […]

Angel Medical Center emergency room nurse Mandy Wishon honored with DAISY Award

Press release From Angel Medical Center: During the prestigious nationwide DAISY program at Angel Medical Center, hospital officials presented an emergency room nurse, Mandy Wishon, R.N., with the Fall DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing. Nominated by a patient, and two co-workers, Mandy is recognized for being a nurse is consistently goes beyond, and for giving […]

Helpmate receives $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation

Press release From Helpmate: Helpmate is pleased to announce they have been awarded a $20,000 unrestricted grant from The Mary Kay Foundation to maintain critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse. The foundation has awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District […]