Business Buzz: 3/9/22

March 9, 2022


  • Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is adding an addiction psychiatry fellowship to the list of graduate medical education programs offered at its Asheville-based campus. This fellowship is the only one of its kind in North Carolina and one of fewer than 50 across the United States. The new program comes at a time when accidental opioid overdoses are at their highest across the nation, with more than 100,000 overdose deaths recorded last year. In January alone, 1,081 North Carolinians visited emergency departments for drug-related overdoses and 368 people died of a suspected overdose, an increase of 45 over last year. Psychiatrists in the yearlong fellowship will receive additional training in the management of substance withdrawal, medications for opioid use disorders, trauma-informed care, and psychotherapeutic approaches to support long-term recovery for a variety of substance use disorders. They’ll also gain experience identifying patients with co-occurring disorders and engaging them in substance use treatment. Learn more here.
  • The AdventHealth Hendersonville Foundation has welcomed three community members to join their board to support the whole-person care services of AdventHealth Hendersonville: Michael Dexter-Smith, the President & CEO of Xtremesoft, Inc. and  Founder of Pine Brook Ventures, the Fair Nabers-Waggoner City President of United Community Bank, and Retired U.S. Army Coloner Peter Champagne. Learn more here.


  • Ginger’s Revenge is celebrating their 5 year anniversary Thursday, March 10 through Sunday, March 13! With live music and food trucks nightly, brewery tours, a pairing event with Dare Vegan Cheese and more, you can support and celebrate 5 years of Ginger’s Revenge all weekend long. Learn more here.
  • On April 9 and 10, from 11 am – 4 pm, Grovewood Gallery in Asheville will celebrate a milestone anniversary with Cheers to 30! Join them for a weekend of artist demonstrations, live music, and festive food and drinks. Shoppers will also save 10% on gallery merchandise (excluding sculptures by Lyman Whitaker.) This event is free to attend and open to the public. Learn more here
  • Oskar Blues Brewery and the Asheville Downtown Association will present a free community concert with hometown favorites, Steep Canyon Rangers, on Saturday, May 7 from 6-9pm at Pack Square Park in Downtown Asheville. The Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers call the mountains of Western North Carolina home and are thrilled to play a free show for their neighbors. The event will include Oskar Blues and Noble Cider beverages for purchase as well as a lineup of all local food vendors. Food and beverage vendors will open at 5pm. Learn more here.


  • AdventHealth Hendersonville has welcomed Sarah Wood, MSN, RN as the Director of Clinical Services, Medical/Surgical Unit and Intensive Care Unit/Progressive Care Unit. Wood served as a nurse for many years in the Intensive Care and Progressive Care Units. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Nursing from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, UT. She has been in a Nurse Leader Role for 5 years, most recently serving as a Clinical Director at MultiCare Health System in Washington State. In her role with AdventHealth, Wood is providing support in overseeing the Medical/Surgical and Intensive Care units. Some of her new responsibilities will include joining the Incident Command team and partnering with local colleges to increase AdventHealth’s RN and CNA application pool. Learn more here.


  • Mission Health is now accepting applications for the Spring 2022 cycle of the Kesha Young Scholarship program. High school seniors and college students from Western North Carolina who are part of an underrepresented community in the healthcare field are encouraged to apply. Eligibility, application instructions and an online form are available now, and all application materials must be received by 5pm on April 15th in order to be considered. Returning and new applicants are welcome. Selected recipients will be notified in May and invited to attend a reception at Mission Hospital in early June of this year. Learn more and apply here.