More about MAHEC

MAHEC stands for Mountain Area Health Education Center.
It is a medical teaching center for the people of Western North Carolina.

For 38 years MAHEC has provided high quality, compassionate healthcare as a foundation for training top physicians and health professionals.


It was established in 1974 with a vision to:

  • Provide high quality healthcare
  • Train physicians, dentists and health professionals
  • Develop innovative models for healthcare

Their impact in the region is significant:

  • 100,000+ patients receive family, ob-gyn or dental healthcare at MAHEC
  • They provided $3.2 million in safety net healthcare for women in 2012
  • 377 medical and dental residents have graduated from MAHEC.
  • 60 percent of their family medicine alumni stay in WNC to become family physicians
  • 23,000+ healthcare professionals received continuing education at MAHEC in 2012.


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