MAHEC’S Big Ivy Medical Center, in Barnardsville, to close

Big Ivy Health and Wellness Board announces:

The Big Ivy Health and Wellness Advisory Board regrets to inform you that after two years of working to provide health care to our citizens here in BIG IVY, MAHEC has informed us of their decision to discontinue services at the Big Ivy Clinic located in the Community Center.

Patients have been notified that closure will be January 16, 2015.

During these two years, we have enjoyed strong support from MAHEC, Mission Hospital and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.

In spite of our efforts to generate interest in the clinic, the demand for health care services has not been sufficient to continue to keep the clinic open. There simply were not enough patients to make it sustainable.

We commend MAHEC for their efforts, Marisa Graham, the PA who served the clinic, the Board of Commissioners of Buncombe County and the Big Ivy Community Board for their support.

MAHEC will continue to see patients at the new MAHEC Family Health Center, located in Woodfin where Ms Graham will be located.

Our hope was to provide health care in the Big Ivy Community and perhaps in the future that opportunity will open again for us.

About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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