The Family Health Centers in the Community

Independent. Physician-owned. We care about our Community.

 

At The Family Health Centers, we aren’t just your family doctors.  We are your neighbors. We understand that our Community is made up of unique individuals, each of whom deserve high-quality family care. Because we are physician-owned, we have the flexibility to make decisions that are in the best interests of our patients and all members of our community.

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Dr. Holly Musgrove, Dr. Cameron Kurowski and family at the 2017 March for Science

April 22, 2017 – The Family Health Centers at The March for Science – Asheville

The Family Health Centers’ Dr. Holly Musgrove celebrated Earth Day 2017 by helping to lead the Asheville “March for Science.” The March for Science is a non-partisan demonstration that took place in cities all across the country on April 22. In Asheville, nearly 2,000 people marched to declare the importance of using scientific evidence to make decisions about the future of our nation and our planet. Dr. Musgrove delivered the keynote speech, “Health, Medicine and Science” at the conclusion of the march. Way to go Dr. Musgrove!


The Family Health Centers’ Pam Lewis received the National Professional Association of Health Care Office Management 2016 Medical Manager of the Year Award. Pam Lewis is our Business Office Manager. Congratulations Pam!

We are proud to announce Cindy A. Stephens’ achievement of a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. Cindy was also selected for the 2017 North Carolina Nurses Association Leadership Academy. Cindy is the Mountain Region’s Academy scholarship winner. Congratulations Cindy!

Mama Maisha is an organization dedicated to preserving the lives of pregnant women in rural Tanzania. This non-profit organization, based in Asheville, is run by The Family Health Centers’ Dr. Jeff Graham and his family. Great work Dr. Graham!


Dr. Jim McMillan retires after 35 years of

Patient Care at The Family Health Centers

 

The Family Health Centers of Asheville, Arden & Hominy Valley, the largest privately-owned family medical practice in the region, announces the retirement of James H. McMillan, MD on January 31, 2017. 

A founding member of the practice, Dr. “Jim” McMillan cared for patients of The Family Health Centers for more than 35 years. He was one of the first MAHEC Family Medicine residents in the late 1970s.

During the 1980s, Dr. McMillan improved obstetrical care for women seeking alternatives to traditional hospital births in the Asheville area. He was among the first physicians in this era to provide assistance with natural childbirth and home births.

Dr. McMillan is an advocate for Managed Care and its focus on the prevention of illness and disease. He is also a strong believer in the advantages of care delivered by independent medical practices like The Family Health Centers.

Retirement will give Dr. McMillan more time to explore the region as well as the world with his family and friends. “I can leave downtown on my bike and be in the splendor of the Appalachian mountains within 15 minutes. I love that about Asheville.”

The Family Health Centers thanks Dr. McMillan for his roles as mentor and friend.

Enjoy yourself and your profession!  Remember that “Every day is a great day in Primary Care.”  -Dr. Jim McMillan

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Advance Directives

Our patients at The Family Health Centers are very important to us and we want to help them make sure their wishes for end of life care are honored.  We are offering FREE workshops in collaboration with MAHEC, which will include an Advance Directive facillitator leading an open discussion regarding Advance Directives and one-on-one assistance completing and notarizing your Five Wishes forms.  See more information 

 

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Patient Advisory Council

The Family Health Centers works with a Patient Advisory Council that helps us continually improve our quality of care. The voluntary Council is made up of patients, Physician Champion, Dr. Wendy Coin, Project Leader, Terry McLane, CEO, Project Coordinator, Assistant to the CEO, Gayle Connell, and  office supervisors, Diana Fisher (Asheville), April Ballew, (Arden) and Jackie Plemmons (Hominy Valley).  Patient Advisory Council members serve one 24-month term. As you can see by our portrait, we work hard but we also have fun! If you are interested in joining our Patient Advisory Council, please call Gayle Connell at (828) 210-3697.

 

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Volunteer work with ABCCM

The Family Health Centers provides volunteer primary medical care for the uninsured at Asheville-Buncome Community Christian Ministries (ABCCM) every month. The goal of the ABCCM program is to offer medical care to those who cannot pay and to fill the gaps for medical, dental and pharmaceutical services. Twelve of The Family Health Centers’ doctors and clinicians volunteer with ABCCM each year. We are proud to support this essential community service.

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FHC Dog Team-Cancer Detection Canines

The Family Health Centers has teamed up with Terri Boyd owner of Blue Ridge Medical Detection Dogs (seen with Maya in above picture) in the quest to detect cancer in the early stages of the disease.  The goal is to develop an accurate, low-cost, non-invasive general cancer screening method that would find the disease in the earliest stages, when there are few or no symptoms and the cancer is still localized.  You can read more about FHC’s involvement in this wonderful program by opening this page.