This Week’s Business Buzz: 5/25/18

May 25, 2018

This week in AVL Biz, we congratulate our talented healthcare systems on various innovations and achievements, and are grateful to celebrate Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s 35th anniversary. Read on for more announcements, expansions, and outreach in our wonderful community.


  • Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort was nominated by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) for Casino of the Year – Small Capacity. The nomination is Harrah’s Cherokee’s first from the ACM. The winner will be announced at the 12th Annual ACM Honors on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Nashville, Tennessee’s historic Ryman Auditorium.
  • Pardee UNC Health Care has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in echocardiography (adult transthoracic). This latest accreditation awarded to Pardee demonstrates the facility’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in echocardiography.
  • The Park Ridge Health Foundation is excited to announce that thanks to the generosity of amazing communities they have raised $180,000 at our annual gala. The success of the 2018 Experience the Silver Screen Gala means Park Ridge Health will be able to fund telehealth initiatives and purchase simulation manikins to enhance training for stroke and obstetric patient care.


  • Avadim Technologies Inc. announced this week in a landmark agreement that Mckesson Drug, the largest drug wholesaler in the country will auto-distribute a Theraworx® Relief Counter Display Unit in all 4,911 Health Mart Pharmacies. McKesson has unified leading independently owned pharmacies under one brand (Health Mart). The McKesson franchise provides the independent pharmacy owner the systems to compete and grow. McKesson also provides solution platforms to manage reimbursement pressures and provides the pharmacist with enhanced marketing resources.
  • Hot Works’ 2nd annual Asheville Fine Art Show held May 19 & 20, 2018 indoors at the WNC Ag Center’s David Event Center in Fletcher brought professional artists to showcase and sell their art in all forms of disciplines including: painting, sculpture, clay, glass, wood, fiber, digital, jewelry, photography and more. Each of the 17 winning artists were met and greeted by the “Prize Patrol” team and provided with a beautiful two-foot long ribbon that they displayed in his/her booth for the remainder of the art show. It was a very positive experience for the artists to meet Mayor Whiteside, who took the time to attend the art show, be there to distribute ribbons, and to congratulate the winning artists in the show.


  • Carolina Mountain Sales, A Wilkinson ERA company, is proud to announce the addition of Rachael Evans, Drew Marshall, Leslie Ryan and Ali Sanert to their award-winning company of top-producing real estate sales professionals serving consumers in the Western North Carolina area.


  • Pardee Hospital, as part of UNC Health Care, is collaborating with Apple to allow patients to easily download their electronic health record data from the My UNC Chart patient portal and integrate the data with Apple’s existing personal data tracking and reporting features in the iOS Health app.


  • Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity is celebrating a “35 years and 500 families served” milestone the best way it knows how; by building a 35th Anniversary House. Key partner AvL Technologies stepped up with a lead gift, offering to match all donations to the house, dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000. Folks can help Habitat raise $25,000 by donating online at or pledging support by texting Celia to 71777 from your mobile phone.
  • The YMCA of WNC is excited to offer a new military appreciation program. Military veterans, active duty military, and their families are eligible for the YMCA of Western North Carolina’s new Military Appreciation membership program starting May 25.