Business Buzz: 3/2/22

March 2, 2022


  • Aliens, androids, and space gerbils?!? Fight Girl Battle World, a sci-fi romp through a galaxy far, far away, opens next on the Asheville Community Theatre Mainstage. Written by Qui Nguyen (Disney’s Raya and the Last DragonShe Kills Monsters) and originally produced by Vampire Cowboys, America’s best known geek theatre company, Fight Girl Battle World opens March 11, 2022 with performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm through March 27, 2022. Tickets are available online at, over the phone at 828-254-1320, or in person at the Asheville Community Theatre Box Office. 
  • Green Man Brewery is having a 25th Anniversary Street Music Festival March 18-19 from 3-10 p.m. both days! The festival is free to all and will happen rain or shine with food trucks, live music and vendors selling pottery, jewelry and many other crafts. Green Man is donating a portion of the event’s beer sales to WNC Bridge Foundation, a nonprofit that gives hope and support to our neighbors in need who have no other source of funding for health essentials. Learn more here. 
  • MANNA Foodbank has announced their first virtual Fresh Food Drive. You can make a direct impact in the health of Western North Carolina families by helping MANNA purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, and create healthy, colorful plates that everyone deserves. Thanks to an extremely generous matching gift challenge from the Rakay Family Foundation, an individual’s support of the Fresh Food Drive will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000, from March 1st through April 1st. This matching gift will help nourish families in need with a colorful bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables on their plate and will enable MANNA to meet the challenges of limited access to local, fresh produce in the winter months and the increased costs of sourcing outside of the region. 


  • Mission Health has announced Philip Stahel, MD, FACS, as Chief Medical Officer for the HCA Healthcare North Carolina Division. Dr. Stahel comes to Mission from The Medical Center of Aurora, after two years there as CMO. He will begin in April. Dr. Stahel was born in Zurich Switzerland, grew up in Milano, Italy, and attended the Medical School in Zurich, Switzerland. He is a triple-board certified European trauma surgeon, recruited to Denver Health in 2006 from Charité University Medical Center in Berlin, Germany. Prior to being at The Medical Center of Aurora, Dr. Stahel severed at CMO at North Suburban Medical Center and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Fellow of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) and a former Professor of Orthopedics and Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (2010-2017) and at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (since 2017). Dr. Stahel is also the founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed and PubMed-indexed journal “Patient Safety in Surgery” ( In his new role, Dr. Stahel will join Mission Health’s Executive Team where he will lead our clinical agenda, regulatory readiness, and provide executive support to the medical staff. Learn more here. 
  • AdventHealth Medical Group is excited to welcome Dena Snead, DO and Matthew Snead, DO, to its health care team. The husband-and-wife team are board-certified internists and will be providing primary care at the new AdventHealth Medical Group Multispecialty at Candler,* which is opening March 1. The Drs. Snead bring their passion for patient-centered care to the new location. Dr. Dena Snead earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC and her Doctorate of Osteopathy degree from William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, MS. Dr. Matthew Snead earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, AL and his Doctorate of Osteopathy degree from William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, MS. The two met on the first day of medical school in Mississippi and have been together ever since. Learn more here. 
  • AdventHealth has welcomed Scarlett Goodman, PHR as the Director, Human Resources Business Partner for AdventHealth Hendersonville. Goodman brings her extensive background in Human Resource strategic planning and employee relations to her new role at AdventHealth Hendersonville. Goodman earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, NC and went on to become a Professional in Human Resources in 2009. She most recently served as the Manager in Human Resources at HCA Healthcare at Mission Health Systems in Asheville, NC, where she regularly provided guidance on matters such as employee relations, leadership training, and leave management issues. Learn more here. 


  • Mission Hospital has limited spots for their CNA Training Program happening throughout the year! Mission Hospital will offer five start dates, with 20 spots per class for the CNA program. You must attend all classes in your chosen cohort to be eligible for sign-on and employment at the end of the training. The dates are April 18 – May 27, June 6 – July 20, August 1 – September 13, September 26 – November 4, and November 7 – December 21. For more information or to register/interview for an upcoming cohort call or text 828-774-8071. 


  • Mars Hill University (MHU) students and graduates who want to continue their education with a master’s degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University (LRU) now have a direct pathway to do so. The two institutions recently signed a memorandum of understanding that creates a partnership intended to decrease the cost of graduate education, while allowing students the opportunity to pursue their studies in the beautiful mountains and foothills of Western North Carolina. Qualifying students would receive tuition discounts for select graduate programs. The agreement allows current students and graduates of Mars Hill to receive discounted tuition for the following Lenoir-Rhyne programs. LRU and MHU both plan to promote the program which they hope will be the beginning of a fruitful relationship between the two universities that will extend into other curriculum areas in the future. Learn more here.