This Week’s Business Buzz: 2/1/19

February 1, 2019

Congrats to Immedion LLC, Pardee UNC Health Care, and AdventHealth on the new hires! In other news, The North Carolina Arboretum just received a $1 million grant to expand its K-12 science education to every county in the state. And the YWCA will be holding listening sessions in February to aid its search for a new CEO.


  • The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that eight attorneys with the firm have been named 2019 Super Lawyers®. Those recognized in their areas of law are: Dale Curriden (Personal Injury-Medical Malpractice: Defense), Stephen J. Grabenstein (Estate and Trust Litigation), Robert H. Haggard (Estate Planning and Probate), William G. Heedy (Intellectual Property, Rising Stars 2019), Craig D. Justus (Land Use/Zoning), John G. Kelso (Estate Planning and Probate), Larry S. McDevitt (Antitrust Litigation), Mark A. Pinkston (Creditor Debtor Rights)


  • Immedion LLC, a premiere provider of cloud, data center, and managed IT services, announced today the hiring of Elisha Schwabauer as Account Manager for their Asheville location. In her new role, Elisha will work to ensure the long-term success and satisfaction of Immedion’s current customer base and assist with business development initiatives in the Asheville area.
  • Pardee UNC Health Care announced that Lynn Howie, M.D., a board-certified and fellowship-trained medical oncologist, has joined Hendersonville Hematology and Oncology at Pardee. Board-certified in both hematology and medical oncology, Dr. Howie specializes in treating patients with breast, lung, gynecological and genitourinary cancers, as well as the full spectrum of blood disorders.
  • Pardee UNC Health Care announced today that Samuel Abrams, M.D., a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, has joined Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, a department of Pardee Hospital. Dr. Abrams specializes in treating conditions of the hand and upper extremities. He focuses on providing good perioperative pain control while limiting the amount of narcotic pain medication, using evidence-based, opioid-sparing pain control protocols. Non-operative treatments are preferred, but if surgery is needed, Dr. Abrams ensures his patients are fully informed about the surgical procedure and recovery process
  • AdventHealth Hendersonville, formerly Park Ridge Health, is building on its foundation of exceptional, whole-person care and its commitment to provide access to leading-edge technology to treat orthopedic health needs, by naming three new Medical Directors to its nationally recognized orthopedics program. It has named Robert E. Boykin MD, Medical Director of Shoulder and Sports Medicine Centers, Peter Mangone, MD, Medical Director of the Ankle Center, and Jason E. Lang, MD, Medical Director of Hip & Knee Centers.


  • The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation had granted $1 million to expand The North Carolina Arboretum’s innovative K-12 science education programs to all 100 North Carolina counties. The grant will be made through the North Carolina Arboretum Society, the Arboretum’s non-profit support organization, and will support five years of program expansion across the state.


  • Last week, Beth Maczka announced that she will be stepping down from her role as CEO of YWCA, effective May 2019. In response, the YWCA Board of Directors will host two Community Listening Sessions on Tuesday, February 12th to gather input from the Asheville community as they formulate a hiring plan for the next CEO and recruit new Board members. The Listening Sessions will be facilitated by Aisha Adams of Aisha Adams Media, and childcare, light refreshments, and Spanish language interpretation will be provided. The Board is seeking input on the values and qualities needed in both a new CEO and new members of the Board of Directors.
  • Friday Staffing is looking for a Machine Maintenance Apprentice, Assembly Technician, Quality Control Technician, Coating Operator, and Floor Technician. For more information, call Angela Paskus at 828-684-8700 or go to


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