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Recent Stories From the Press

Developing Western North Carolina’s First Clinically Integrated Network

Mission Health, MAHEC and a group of independent physicians have spearheaded the development of a new entity: Mission Health Partners (MHP). MHP is a patient-centric and physician-governed network of clinicians, hospitals and other providers working collaboratively in an evidence-based manner to improve patient care, reduce costs, improve patient experience and ultimately drive positive changes in the health of the residents of Western North Carolina. [read full article]
 

MAHEC to Manage Mission Medical Associates' Practices

Mountain Area Health Education Center will begin managing more than a dozen of Mission Medical Associates’ primary care practices. “We feel like the physicians that are practicing in the MMA practices are great providers. We don’t want do anything other than enhance the care they are able to provide and not take away from anything that’s already working well,” said Dr. Jeff Heck, MAHEC president and CEO. Mission Health and MAHEC signed an agreement this week for MAHEC to begin managing Mission’s practices. The 14 practices are across the region and include Mission’s new My Care Plus clinics. [read full article]


MAHEC getting $850,000 in Duke Grants

Mountain Area Health Education Center is getting a two-year, $500,000 grant for an initiative aimed at identifying people who are at risk of heart disease and stroke. The Healthy Heart grant will focus on the Woodfin area in the first year and Enka-Candler in the second year. [read full article]


A Dream with a Plan

Most residents and visitors to the Lake Lure area have been required to make profider choices and travel long distances - north, south, east or west - for health and dental care. The new Lake Lure Professional Park will be situated on a picturesque site near Ingles with a view of the lake. It is scheduled to open in the summer of 2014. [read full article]







MAHEC to Open Health Center in Enka/Cander

Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry is planning a building to house its Hominy Valley crisis ministry along with a primary care practice. “It will really be a community service center,” said the Rev. Scott Rogers, ABCCM executive director. A groundbreaking for the 9,600-square-foot building is slated for 4 p.m. Friday. The building, which will be on U.S. 19-23, will be called the Ferguson Charitable Center. It is a partnership with Mountain Area Health Education Center and will house the MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler. Dr. Eric Smith will provide primary care to patients on a sliding scale. [read full article]


Programs Move to New Location

At MAHEC’s old facility on Weaver Boulevard, a lunch room doubled as a classroom and meeting space. “We used to have to kick staff out of the commons area so that we could actually have a meeting of more than 10 people,” said Dr. Steve Hulkower, director of Family Medicine for the Mountain Area Health Education Center. [read full article]



 


Cane Creek Family Health Center Celebrates Seventh Anniversary

"It's a different paradigm of medicine. We get paid the same whether we see more patients or not. We are not incentivized to do more procedures to generate income; we can emphasize quality over quantity of care." [read full article]

Putting Mom and Baby at the Center of C-Sections

Dr. Sigmon’s vision was to place the mother and the baby at the center of care and she researched and adopted a model from the United Kingdom. “Our goal is to make a special experience with positive birth memories for mothers who must have a c-section. There is very little difference in the surgical techniques; we primarily re-orient the medical staff to focus on the bonding needs of mother and baby." [read full article]

 


 

 

 

A healthy perspective: A local doctor ponders a future of better care

“To be a good guy, you care about low-income populations, you care about those who are sick for whatever reason and who are not healthy.  You care about children who need to have the right nurturing and healthy environment to be successful,”  said Dr. Jeffery Heck, MAHEC President and CEO. [read full article]


 

 

 

MAHEC outreach should boost vital mission

“MAHEC might not be very well-known, but it is one of the most vital elements in Western North Carolina’s medical system.” [read full article]


Help MAHEC Help the Community

“I guarantee that if most anyone around here looked at their family physician, probably half of them are going to be MAHEC graduates,” said Dr. Brian Moore. [read full article]

 

 



 

Is There a Doctor in the Hills?

“There’s a general misconception that practicing rural medicine you’re not using the very latest and greatest.  That oversells the science and undersells the art of medicine,”  said MAHEC physician, Grey Tilden. [read full article]


 

 

 


Physician crunch must be addressed in US, NC

“Nationally, 20 percent of the population lives in rural areas.  Nine percent of physicians live in rural areas," Heck said.  “The latest survey of graduates from U.S. medical schools is only 3 percent plan to practice in a rural area.” [read full article]


Residency program graduates head into rural medicine

“Dr. Evan Beasley knew what he was looking for in a residency program…. a place similar to home where he could take advantage of the outdoors, enjoy the continuation of his education, become a doctor and raise a family.”

He found that new home in Hendersonville. Beasley, 30, is one of four doctors who will graduate from the Henderson County Residency Program, taught by Mountain Area Health Education Center, Pardee and, soon, Blue Ridge Community Health Center, on Thursday. [read full article]

 

WNC needs more primary care providers

“Your first patient might be a newborn, and then you see a 90-year-old woman and then a pregnant woman,” she said. “Not every doctor is comfortable treating that wide range of patients,” said Dr. Elsie Osei-Nkansah, MAHEC graduate.

“I think it (primary care) is probably the most challenging thing you can do,” he said. “You are taking care of pediatrics, adults. … It’s a huge field," said Dr. Ben Stepp, MAHEC graduate. [read full article]