WNC Wellness review: Asheville’s doctor shortage; Park Ridge rips Mission/Pardee deal

• Asheville area faces a shortage of doctors:

The shortage could worsen over the next 20 years absent major changes in the health care delivery system or significant increases in the number of providers, according to a 2007 report by the N.C. Institute of Medicine.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times] 

BRCHS, free clinic seek collaboration to offer more care:

Blue Ridge Community Health Services announced Wednesday in a news release that it will work with The Free Clinic of Transylvania County to explore a collaboration to expand primary care and dental services to those most in need in Transylvania County..” – [BlueRidgeNow.com] 

Asheville-area flu vaccines arrive early:

Drugstores, grocery stores and doctor’s offices in the Asheville area already are giving flu shots and health departments in Western North Carolina are gearing up for vaccination clinics. ” – [Asheville Citizen-Times] 

• Brain aerobics, boot camp in Asheville: Stay fit, stay alive:

Active Aging Day was held Saturday at UNC Asheville’s Center for Creative Retirement. The event included vendors, healthy food, activities, demonstrations, classes and more.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Pardee celebrates new partnerships, opening of Comprehensive Wound Healing Center:

After 30 years of service to the Hendersonville community in private practice, Charles Albers, MD, FACS, and Michael Jones, MD, FACS will be leaving Carolina Surgeons, to launch a new Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Pardee this October.” – [Pardee Blog]

• Park Ridge rips Pardee’s deal with Mission:

Park Ridge Health is strongly opposed to a proposed joint venture between Pardee Hospital and Mission Hospital, Park Ridge President Jimm Bunch told the Henderson County Board of Commissioners Wednesday morning.” – [BlueRidgeNow.com]

• Dr. Suzanne Hall to offer free presentation on shoulder injuries:

Suzanne Hall, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon with Appalachian Orthopaedics, will offer a free presentation on how shoulders work, techniques to avoid injury and the latest treatment options. The presentation will be held at the Pardee Health Education Center on Wed., Oct. 6 at from 1 until 2:30 p.m.” – [Pardee Blog]

• Opinion: Need increases for satellite medical campus

The Great Recession has dried up funding for projects great and small here in Western North Carolina and across the state and nation. However, the needs that some of projects were designed to address aren’t going away. That’s particularly the case when it comes to expansion of the UNC School of Medicine’s satellite medical campus in Asheville.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Asheville’s Rathbun Center to expand:

The Rathbun Center, a nonprofit that provides families dealing with medical crises or serious illnesses lodging and other support services, announced Wednesday plans for an expansion and renovation.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Studies show Chinese herbs effectively heal Anemia:

Anemia, or deficient blood, is treated with acupuncture and herbal therapies. Asian ginseng is used as a general tonic for fatigue. Dong quai (dang gui) has been used alone for thousands of years as a blood tonic. It may be combined with Chinese foxglove root or astragalus.” – [NaturalHealthCure.org]

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