WNC Wellness review: Do more with less, says Mission CEO; Project Access wins grant

Natural products find a footing in Asheville area:

About 40 people from across the region gathered at the Marshall High Studio on Blannahasset Island to peruse vendors’ products and attend breakout sessions on topics such as local sources for buyers and sellers, how to start a natural products business, financing a new venture, regulatory issues, and how food can serve as medicine.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times] 

BCMS’s Project Access awarded grant:

The Buncombe County Medical Society’s Project Access is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a generous grant from the Community Benefits Program of Mission Hospitals for the amount of $150,000 for fiscal year 2011.” – [BCMS]  

•  Breast Program at Mission Hospital granted a three-year accreditation:

The Breast Program at Mission Hospital has been granted a three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, which is a part of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The center was surveyed for 27 standards, and was judged compliant in each one. Surveyors particularly noted the multidisciplinary breast conference interaction, and its discussion of treatment options, use of NCCN guidelines, identification of open clinical trials, and discussion of genetic testing. .” – [Mission Health Systems]

• Cooking for health: Serve comfort food, smaller portions to those undergoing cancer treatments:

Laurey Masterton, a cancer survivor and chef behind Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet-to-Go, has a simple rule for cooking for those who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment. ‘Make something that the people will eat,’ she said. ” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Pardee to host presentation on kids’ sports injuries:

Nathaniel Jablecki, M.D., of Pardee Family Medicine Associates will host a Kids’ Common Sports Injuries talk on Sat., Oct. 23, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Pardee Health Education Center located inside the Blue Ridge Mall. Registration is required for this free presentation.” – [Pardee Blog] 

• Mission CEO: System will do more with less:

Health care was once a recession-proof industry, but the economic downturn and health care reform mean Mission Health System is trying to find ways to treat more patients with less money. ‘We simply have to find a way to do things differently,’ Dr. Ron Paulus, the new CEO of Mission said in a meeting with the Citizen-Times editorial board Tuesday. ‘That’s the only way I know to deal with it because I don’t think it’s going to get dramatically better.’” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• New WNC Red Cross course: “CPR Made Simple”

Cost: $10.00 | Length: One Hour | Get a brief overview with limited practice of Adult CPR and use of a defibrillator. This class is perfect for those who just want to learn the skill. This is not an in-depth class and only touches on some of the things that you learn in the certification class. There is NO certification for this class.” – [WNC Red Cross]

• Blue Ridge Community Health Services gets $5 million:

Blue Ridge Community Health Services will get $5 million from the federal government for construction of a building to serve more patients. The money will go toward a $7 million, 27,000-square-foot facility on the Blue Ridge campus at U.S. 64 east and Howard Gap Road. The new building will include a family practice, children’s center, mental health services, a pharmacy, community room, and radiology and laboratory services.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• NAMI offers free training for caregivers of children with mental illness:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of North Carolina will sponsor a NAMI basics teacher training Oct. 15-17 for parents and direct caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness. The six-week course covers information on ADHD, major depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and substance abuse. It also touches on coping skills, medication, problem solving, and an overview of the mental health and school systems’ roles in treating children with mental illness.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Asheville meditation programs help women battle breast cancer:

The [Integrative Health] program, founded in 2008, offers five services, including mind, body and medicine. It works along the same spectrum as meditation but uses guided imagery to foster a healthy and healing environment for the body.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Opinion: Vote to protect Asheville’s holistic healers:

Integrative, alternative and complementary medicine is a unique and vital part of the Western North Carolina economy. Asheville hosts an amazing and growing cadre of holistic healers. However, the right to practice medicine with choices requires everlasting legislative vigilance.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

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