WNC Wellness review: Blue Cross raises rates; SECU gives Mission $5 million; meet Mission’s new CEO

• SECU gives $5 million to Mission’s cancer center in Asheville:

The biggest donation ever made by the State Employees’ Credit Union will help Mission Hospital complete its new $59 million cancer center. SECU will contribute $5 million toward construction of the 120,000-square-foot cancer center, which will bear the credit union’s name when completed in early 2012.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times] 

• A-B Tech hosts state’s second-largest dental clinic; served 900 people:

A-B Tech hosted the North Carolina Dental Society’s second-largest Missions of Mercy (MOM) free dental clinic Aug. 13 and 14, providing about $400,000 worth of care to nearly 900 people.” – [MX Blogwire] 

• Buncombe County buys another downtown building to house General Services Department:

Buncombe County commissioners on Tuesday approved buying a former car repair building on the south side of downtown for $699,000. The former AAMCO Transmission building will become home to the county’s General Services Department, which takes care of the county’s growing facilities in downtown and elsewhere.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Video: Meet the new CEO & President for Mission Health System & Mission Hospital:

Meet Dr. Paulus and hear his vision for partnering with the medical, business and community leaders of Western North Carolina to develop innovative ways to serve our region even better.” – [YouTube] 

• Blue Cross raising price of NC individual policies:

North Carolina’s largest health insurer plans to raise prices next year on individuals paying for their own coverage by an average of about 7 percent, the smallest increase since 2007, the company said Thursday.” – [BlueRidgeNow]

• Editorial: Pharmacy school will be an asset:

A pharmacy school in Henderson County could be just what the doctor ordered, offering jobs, revenue, higher education opportunities and quality graduates for area doctor’s offices and hospitals, strengthening local heath care.” – [BlueRidgeNow]

• Commissioners commit to Blue Ridge Community Health Services:

The Henderson County Board of Commissioners approved the execution of a NC Rural Economic Development Center grant today in support of Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS) planned new medical facility.” – [WHKP]

• Tai Chi reported to ease fibromyalgia:

The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi may be effective as a therapy for fibromyalgia, according to a study published on Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine. A clinical trial at Tufts Medical Center found that after 12 weeks of tai chi, patients with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, did significantly better in measurements of pain, fatigue, physical functioning, sleeplessness and depression than a comparable group given stretching exercises and wellness education.” – [NYTimes via Asheville Center for Chinese Medicine]

• FDA grants approval to mobile phone app for managing diabetes:

FDA has granted 510(k) clearance to the health software firm WellDoc to begin marketing its DiabetesManager System, a mobile phone application designed to help patients and health care providers manage Type 2 diabetes, The Gazette reports.” – [iHealthBeat]

• 10 ‘vices’ that are good for you:

Turns out, many of life’s greatest indulgences bring big health benefits — helping you stay slim, fight off the blues, and kick disease to the curb. And we’ve got the 10 best right here, conveniently ranked by Health magazine’s expert panelists.” – [CNN Health]

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About Wade Inganamort
• Partner / Digital publisher @ Hukilau.us • Heavy reader, screenwriter, and information liaison currently enjoying the small-town life in North Carolina •

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