Business Buzz: 1/31/20

January 31, 2020

Four Seasons Home Care received the 2020 Best of Home Care – Leader in Excellence Award from Home Care Pulse, the leading firm in quality assurance for home care. It is the highest recognition awarded by Home Care Pulse, and given to select home care businesses that consistently rank among the very highest in metrics. Congrats, Four Seasons!


  • Four Seasons Home Care received the distinguished 2020 Best of Home Care –Leader in Excellence Award from Home Care Pulse, the leading firm in quality assurance for home care. The Leader in Excellence Award is the highest recognition awarded by Home Care Pulse and is given to select home care businesses that consistently rank among the very highest in 10 or more quality metrics. Congrats, Four Seasons! 
  • Pardee UNC Health Care physicians Chris Parsons, M.D., and James M. Radford, M.D., have been named among the Best Doctors in America for 2018-2019. Dr. Parsons is the medical director of the Pardee Center for Infectious Diseases and is board-certified in infectious disease. Dr. Radford is an oncologist at the Pardee Cancer Center and is board-certified in both internal medicine and medical oncology.The prestigious recognition marks the third and ninth times, respectively, that Drs. Parsons and Radford have earned this honor.


  • Asheville mayor Esther E. Manheimer will present the Annual State of the City address in partnership with the Rotary Club on February 13th. If you have always been interested in Rotary, now is the perfect time to visit, hear a phenomenal update from a city leader, and learn more about what the Rotary Club does in Asheville. Doors open at noon with lunch served at 12:30pm.
  • Three seats. Nine candidates. Who will sit on Asheville City Council for the next four years? It’s your voice, your choice. Mountain Xpress invites you to join the nine hopeful candidates on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Asheville City Council Primary Forum to discuss the most pressing issues facing our city ahead of the March 3 primary election. Visit the event page for details.


  • AdventHealth Hendersonville has announced that it is part of a movement to improve health care for older adults. They are the first health system in North Carolina to be designated as an Age-Friendly Health Systems Initiative Participant. The goal is for 20% of U.S. hospitals and health systems to be certified Age-Friendly by the end of this calendar year. The Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative is based on a series of practices focused on addressing four essential elements of care for older patients: what matters, medication, mentation, and mobility. 


  • Mercy Urgent Care will open a new location in Waynesville and celebrate with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Monday, February 3 from 3-5 p.m. The practice, located at 120 Frazier St., Suite 6 in Waynesville, will officially open to patients the following day. 


  • There is a new scholarship available to Carolina Day School prospective students. The Nancy Owen Cecil Scholarship Award, funded through a permanent endowment recently established by George Cecil at The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, is the largest scholarship created by a donor in the school’s history. The renewable four-year scholarship is for new students with financial need who have met the school’s admission criteria for ninth grade. The scholarship covers extracurricular expenses too, and will be open for applications for the 2020-2021 school year. For information about the scholarship, call the school at 828-407-4442.
  • The application process for Buncombe County’s Tipping Point Grants officially opens on Feb. 10, 2020. Tipping Point Grants are supported through general county funds, which are budgeted as part of Buncombe County’s annual budget.Tipping Point Grants are allocated at $5,000 per project. Applications are available online and due by 5 p.m. on March 13, 2020. 


  • The AdventHealth Hendersonville Foundation welcomed nine new members to its board of directors in January 2020. The Foundation supports AdventHealth’s mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ through community support, partnerships and fundraising opportunities. Leaders from Keller Williams, Summit Wellness, Chick-fil-A, the Biltmore, and more have joined the Board of Directors, and are thrilled to support the services at AdventHealth Hendersonville. 
  • On Jan. 14, the Board of Elections officially approved the appointment of Corinne Duncan as Director of Buncombe County Election Services. Previously an Elections Technical Specialist for Buncombe County, Duncan’s appointment brings a significant amount of institutional knowledge and experience that will be extremely beneficial as work continues ahead of the March 3 primary election. For information about voting or how to become a poll worker on Election Day, click here. 


  • Friday Staffing has positions open from Black Mountain to Fletcher. Industrial experience is preferred, but entry level positions are available, too. View the open positions and apply on their website. 
  • The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area has two open positions to be filled: Program Manager and Trails Coordinator. The Program Manager will work full-time to oversee the implementation of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s natural and cultural trails initiatives, including the Blue Ridge Craft Trails, Blue Ridge Music Trails, and the Blue Ridge Heritage Trail. The Trails Coordinator will provide administrative, coordination, events management, and regional communications services plus additional duties.


  • According to the state Department of Labor, falls are the leading cause of work-related fatal incidents in 2019. Their research is based on preliminary information; however, Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry has encouraged employers to properly train new and existing employees for their jobs to keep them safe in the workplace. Workplace incident data for the rest of the country may be found on the BLS website