This Week’s Business Buzz: 1/11/19

January 11, 2019

Park Ridge Health has officially changed its name to AdventHealth. Our former Board Chair Tracy Buchanan has been appointed as the chair of the YMCA of Western North Carolina’s Board of Directors. And Tukit Tour Co. is looking for new drivers/tour guides.


  • Pardee UNC Health Care announced today that interventional cardiologist Eduardo Balcells, M.D., and the Pardee cardiac catheterization lab team has performed their 100th percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). A PCI, also called a coronary angioplasty, is a nonsurgical procedure to open up a coronary artery narrowed by plaque buildup where stents are placed to restore blood flow to a portion of the heart that was compromised. Pardee achieved this milestone just two years after starting the program. Meeting this volume metric places Pardee in line with American College of Cardiology (ACC) guidelines for program development and volume recommendations.


  • The Board of Directors of the YMCA of Western North Carolina is pleased to announce the appointment of its new chair and four new members. Tracy Buchanan, President and CEO of CarePartners, replaces Charles Frederick of TD Bank as chair. Buchanan began her career as a physical therapist at CarePartners and held a variety of leadership positions before being named CEO in 2009. This is her second time on the YMCA board, and her first as chair.
  • One of the nation’s largest faith-based health systems, with 47 hospital campuses in nine states including Park Ridge Health in Hendersonville, North Carolina, officially has a new name – AdventHealth. The name change for the organization formally known as Adventist Health System is part of a systemwide brand transformation to become a more consumer-centric, connected and identifiable national system of care, enabling consumers to easily distinguish locations and services across its vast care network, which serves more than 5 million patients annually.
  • Brynlee Kay Puttick is the first baby for her parents Lauren Norris and Gage Puttick, the first grandbaby in her family and she is also the first baby girl born at AdventHealth Hendersonville, formerly Park Ridge Health. Brynlee’s parents say she arrived several days ahead of her due date in the early morning hours of January 3, 2019. That date happens to be her parents’ anniversary. It is also just one day after Park Ridge Health became AdventHealth Hendersonville in its brand transformation.
  • Mars Hill University rings in the new year with new leadership on its governing body. The university’s board of trustees begins 2019 with a new chair in Linda Judge-McRae and new vice-chair in Mike Kelly. The slate of new board members for the current term includes two new trustees, two trustees serving their second consecutive term, and four former trustees returning to the board following required time off the board.
  • The upcoming exhibition at Mars Hill University’s Weizenblatt Gallery will feature a now-rarely-seen type of photography. Polaroid cameras and film once were very popular around the world. They were “instant” photographs that didn’t require a trip to the drug store to be developed and printed. With the advent of digital cameras, though, Polaroids were no longer “instant,” and they were quickly replaced for many people. Some photographers continue to use this older technology, though, attracted by the intimacy of the small format, the saturated color of the prints, and the fact that each photo is unique.


  • The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that attorney Jake Farrar has joined the firm as an associate in its business practice group. Farrar will work with the firm’s business law team representing businesses at all stages, from formation to dissolution.


  • Tukit Tour Co. is looking for drivers/tour guides with flexible schedules to not only drive an all electric Tuk Tuk, but to also serve as a tour guide as needed.  The Tuk Tuk has 6 passenger seating and is used for brewery / city tours. They will also be doing events and weddings renting by the hour, so they need drivers who have familiarity of Asheville, can create/tailor tours per a customers request, and who are excited to have fun and make money on this new adventure.  Must have a valid NC drivers license and a good driving record. Please call their office at 828-712-1800 or email your question or resume to
  • There’s a new organization for sales management leaders in town. AASMA, Asheville Area Sales Management Association, is a brand new organization with a single goal to provide networking opportunities and impactful education to Asheville area’s top sales management leaders. The intention is to add value to these managers’ professional lives as well as to the organizations and the communities that they serve.
  • Friday Staffing is looking for a Machine Maintenance Apprentice, General Laborer, and Painter. For more information, call Angela Paskus at 828-684-8700 or go to
  • Are you a registered nurse with less than one year of experience? Or will you graduate from a nursing program by May 2019? Mission Health invites you to learn more about our New Graduate RN Residency Program at an Open House on Monday, January 14 from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. The event will be hosted at Mission Health’s Cancer Center at 21 Hospital Drive in Asheville.
  • United Federal Credit Union immediately offers its Members employed by the federal government and impacted by the December 2018 government shutdown the following relief programs: Waiver of early withdrawal penalty on share certificates, Signature Loan with no payments for 90 days, Budget counseling and Member Assistance Program, Installment loan deferments, and a First credit card with 0% Intro APR  for six months, then a variable rate from 9.99% to 18.00% APR.


  • It’s a new year, and with it comes the chance to clear up outstanding matters that may be on a person’s criminal record. On Friday, Jan. 25, Buncombe County will offer an Amnesty Day. District Attorney Todd Williams says it’s a great opportunity to remove barriers that might be creating obstacles to moving forward in your life. Anyone with old warrants or an order for arrest related to an outstanding misdemeanor and/or traffic citation, that was issued in Buncombe County, is eligible to see if a case can be reset for hearing and possibly dismissed. Felony charges are not eligible.
  • Mars Hill University has scheduled a full day of events to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 21, 2019. Classes are canceled for students, with a series of educational and service activities happening on- and off-campus. The day’s events are coordinated by the university’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.