Park Ridge Health enhances ICU care with advanced telemedicine

Press release from Park Ridge Health: Hendersonville, N.C. (July 10, 2014) — Park Ridge Health is the first hospital in our community to provide around-the-clock monitoring of intensive care unit (ICU) patients by intensivist physicians and critical care nurses through telemedicine, delivering an extra layer of care that enhances patient safety. A recipient of the […]

Smoky Mountain, Caldwell County announce plans for new mental health crisis and detox facility in Lenoir

Press release from Smoky Mountain:   Smoky Mountain LME/MCO, Caldwell County Announce Plans for New Mental Health Crisis and Detox Facility in Lenoir July 10, 2014—Residents of Caldwell, Alexander and McDowell counties who are experiencing a mental health crisis or need medical detox from alcohol or drugs will soon be served by a new behavioral […]

RiverLink seeks volunteers for RiverMusic event Friday, July 11

From RiverLink: It’s getting to be crunch time for RiverMusic volunteering tomorrow night, y’all. Please consider taking a shift. We can’t do it without you. Dave’s Volunteer Wishlist: First Shift (4:45 — 7:30) • One Handicapped parking lot attendant — easy job (bring a chair) • One Boat landing attendant — easy job (bring a […]

Jewish Family Services of WNC announces programs on medical ethics, parenting

Press release from Jewish Family Services of WNC: Jewish Family Services of WNC is pleased to announce two upcoming programs in Family Education Series at their JFS offices, located at: 2 Doctors Park Suite E, 417 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC 28801 “Medical Ethics Forum” Wednesday, August 20th 5:30-7:00pm This panel-led program will address the complex […]

24th anniversary and celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Press release from the DisAbility Partners Center for Independent Living: The staff of DisAbility Partners Center for Independent Living invites everyone to visit the Center on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 2 p.m. to celebrate the 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. DisAbility Partners is located at 108 New Leicester Highway – just across […]

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 […]

Cindy McMahon files to represent Reynolds District on Buncombe County Board of Education

Press release from Cindy McMahon: Cindy McMahon will officially file July 7 to represent the Reynolds District on the Buncombe County Board of Education, the seat currently held by Lisa Baldwin. School board members are elected by all voters of all districts within the Buncombe County Schools boundary, but must live within the district they […]

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Smart bets: The Big Crafty

Go local and bolster your DIY cred at the same time at The Big Crafty. There, artists and makers of all kinds will convene in downtown Asheville and sell their one-of-a-kind, handmade wares. “Our guiding principle is that buying handmade is good for the community, and our aim is to make doing so fun,” say the […]


Smart bets: Grandfathe­r Mountain Highland Games

Grab your kilt and your clan and get to the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games for “blaring bagpipes, astounding athletes and tons of tartan.” The four-day event begins with sheep-herding demonstrations and only gets more Celtic from there. Brawnier participants may enter heavyweight competitions such as “turning the caber” and “tossing the sheaf.” In the caber toss, […]

Lisa Baldwin files for re-election to Buncombe County Board of Education

Press release: Lisa Baldwin was joined by her family as she filed to run for re-election to the Buncombe County Board of Education on Monday, July 7, 2014 at noon. With a passion for life-long learning, Lisa Baldwin stands committed to ensuring the Buncombe County School System equips and challenges every student to discover their […]

Asheville educator selected for Governor’s Teacher Network

Press release from Evergreen Community Charter School: Fourth-grade teacher Jeanne McCabe Curtis was selected to participate in the Governor’s Teacher Network, (GTN) a Race to the Top-funded initiative operated in partnership by the Office of Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Curtis, who teaches at Evergreen Community Charter School, was selected […]

Governor McCrory announces appointments

Press release from Governor McCrory: Raleigh, N.C. – The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments today: North Carolina State Building Commission Michael Benson (Pitt County) – Benson is the president of Pitt Electric Inc. The commission develops procedures to direct and guide the state’s capital facilities development and management program. The term […]

Governor McCrory authorizes $376 million of improvements at six UNC system campuses

Press release from Governor McCrory: Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill this afternoon that authorizes approximately $376 million of improvements that will directly benefit students at six University of North Carolina (UNC) institutions. Funds to pay for these projects will come from various fees, receipts, grants and fund raising income and not from tuition or […]

CPP: Asheville housing authority to meet with residents about overhaul concerns

From the Carolina Public Press: Amid an ongoing debate about the future of public housing, leaders of the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville have agreed to a number of demands put forward by a coalition of residents and local nonprofits. The requests involved concerns about transparency and representation as the agency pursues a major […]

AC-T: Eating fish from Upstate’s waters poses a health hazard

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: As the methods for testing fish to find potentially harmful toxins has improved, the state has added seven new waterways to its fish consumption advisories. The state health department has added advisories for the Catawba River, Cedar Creek Reservoir, Fishing Creek Reservoir, Great Pee Dee River, Lake Wateree, Lake Wylie and […]

Governor McCrory signs legislation allowing hemp oil extract treatment

Press release from Governor McCorory: Governor McCrory Signs Legislation Allowing Hemp Oil Extract Treatment  Raleigh, NC – A rare treatment that includes cannabidiol oil from hemp plants to treat drug-resistant epilepsy, which is particularly prevalent in children, will now be available in clinical trials in North Carolina thanks to legislation signed into law today by Governor Pat […]