Say ahhhh: Dr. Suzanne Landis, the “mother of Project Access,” helped create the service. She is one of many doctors who help uninsured Buncombe County residents get the care they need. photo courtesy of WNC Medical Society

Access excess?

What happens when Buncombe County physicians offer free specialty care to uninsured, low-income patients amid a down economy? A deluge. In Buncombe County alone, there were about 38,000 such residents in 2005, according to census data; three years later, that number had swelled to nearly 78,000. And year by year, the county has consistently surpassed […]

Remember when …

It's hard to comprehend what being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease would be like at any age, but Asheville-area resident Karen Zimmerman got the word when she was 51. The director of conference services for Hyatt Hotels in Washington, D.C., she was, in many ways, at the peak of her career, organizing major events for such […]