WNC Wellness review: UNC School of Medicine to open campus in Asheville; no Pardee Hospital sale

Free Tai Chi classes in Pack Square Park to start this Saturday:

FREE Tai Chi classes sponsored by Pack Square Conservancy start Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 10:00-11:30 AM and continue November 6, 13 and 20.” – [Mountain Xpress]  

UNC School of Medicine to expand to Asheville:

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine will expand its medical school to the UNC-system campuses in Asheville and Charlotte. The expansion, announced Tuesday, will allow UNC-CH to train more physicians with a focus on training for practice in rural areas.” – [The Daily Tar Heel] 

•  Three Streams Family Health Center receives $150K:

Three Streams Family Health Center recently received a $150,000 grant from the Mission Hospitals Community Benefit Grant Committee; money that the practice hopes will allow medical staff to serve more Buncombe County families in need.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Henderson commissioners say ‘no sale’ to Pardee:

Before a standing-room-only crowd, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday stating the board has ‘no present intention to sell the hospital’ and ‘our position is the hospital should not be sold.’” – [BlueRidgeNow.com]

Asheville AIDS Awareness Walk: Saturday, Nov. 6:

Hosted by the WNC AIDS Project, the walk, held on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m., will begin at the Grove House and proceed up Patton Avenue to Vance Monument where Womansong of Asheville will perform. ” – [Mountain Xpress] 

• Haywood health department offers walk-in flu vaccines:

The Haywood County Health Department is offering flu vaccines on a walk-in basis, with no appointment necessary, to persons ages 19 and older. The walk-in vaccines are available from 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday and 2-5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 30 at the Health Department, located at 2177 Asheville Highway in Waynesville. ” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Buncombe County 2010 Community Health Assessment:

Buncombe County health leaders are in the process of setting community-wide health priorities for the next four years. Community input is valuable to the process. We invite you to tell us what you believe are the most important health issues.” – [surveymonkey.com]

• Physician shortage projected to soar to more than 91,000 in a decade:

Nationwide physician shortages are expected to balloon to 62,900 doctors in five years and 91,500 by 2020, according to new Assn. of American Medical Colleges work force projections. That’s up more than 50% from previous estimates.” – [American Medical News]

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