North Carolina AHEC Program
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New MAHEC Biltmore Campus Opens
The recent completion of two buildings on Mountain AHEC's (MAHEC) new Biltmore Campus in Asheville represents the culmination of a process that began in 2003 when local legislators, university officials, and health care leaders conceived a center for excellence in aging serving western North Carolina citizens. The new 13-acre campus was designed to broaden the educational opportunities for western North Carolina health care providers and facilitate the dissemination of information promoting healthy lifestyles. Housed on the Biltmore Campus is the MAHEC Education Building, the Center for Healthy Aging, and MAHEC OB/GYN Specialists.
The 52,000 square-foot Education Building houses state of the art classrooms, conference rooms, offices, a medical library, administrative offices, and the Center for Healthy Aging - a consortium of MAHEC, Western Carolina University and UNC Asheville. It was designed as a national model in developing strategies and leadership to address health issues among the rapidly growing population of aging residents in western North Carolina and across the nation.
“The research and education opportunities that the Center for Healthy Aging will bring to North Carolina will benefit people across the state and allow us to discover, create and implement methods of improving health and preventing disease,” said Teck Penland, PhD, president and chief executive officer of MAHEC.
The 40,000 square-foot OB/GYN Specialists building houses MAHEC's OB/GYN clinical functions and residency program. The expanded space brings together faculty, staff and residents who had been dispersed in two separate locations. The new facility is equipped with over 40 exam rooms, six ultrasound suites, a classroom, resident teaching space, and two patient waiting areas. The program is also involved in providing information, education, and services to the aging population.