Monthly Archives: September 2010

Golf Tournament Benefits Cancer Center

The 38th annual Grover Robbins Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Elk River Club on Monday, Oct. 18.  The fund-raising event benefits the Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center at Watauga Medical Center where the Imaging Center is named for the late High Country entrepreneur.

Twenty-six four-person teams are expected for the Scramble event. Tee off time is 9:00am.  A banquet will be held at the Elk River Club the night before the charity tournament.  The entry fee is $300 per person for golf and dinner and $75.00 per person for dinner only.

Since the tournament was established in 1972, more than $1.3 million has been raised for the Imaging Center and the Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center on the Watauga Medical Center campus.

Robbins and his brothers, Harry and Spencer, developed a number of prominent projects in the High Country, including Tweetsie Railroad, the Hound Ears Club, Beech Mountain, and Linville Land Harbor.

Robbins died of cancer in 1970 at the age of 50.  After his death, his brothers founded the Elk River Club in Banner Elk. Harry Robbins died in 2006.  Spencer Robbins remains an active member of the High Country community.

For further information about the tournament, contact Megan Lynch Ellis at 828-262-9564 or For more information about the Seby B. Jones Cancer Center, visit

Hospital Volunteers Recognized

Cannon Memorial Hospital Volunteers were honored for their dedicated service at a luncheon held on September 16, 2010

Nineteen volunteers were presented with hourly recognition pins for their individual service to the hospital, ranging from 100 to 5,000 hours. Special recognition was given to four volunteers for ten years of volunteer service and one volunteer in recognition of twenty years of volunteer service.

This past year, Cannon Memorial Hospital Volunteers raised more than $16,000 through various fundraisers and gave more than $9,000 to the hospital for patient service needs/equipment and health care scholarships for local students.

Cannon Memorial Hospital Volunteers were also recognized by the North Carolina Hospital Volunteer organization as a five-star hospital for activities they participated in during the year and for their involvement in their local communities. Only a select few hospitals across NC receive this recognition.

2010 CMH Volunteer Lunch

For more information about volunteering at Cannon Memorial Hospital, contact Sallie J. Woodring at (828) 737-7538.

For more information about Cannon Memorial Hospital, visit

Cannon Hospital: One Step Closer to Building a Habitat Home

On September 7, 2010, Sallie Woodring, Director of Career Pathways and Volunteer Services for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System presented a check to Terry Woodruff, Executive Director of Avery County Habitat for Humanity and Brian Yaffe, Fund Development Director for Avery County Habitat for Humanity. The presentation brought the total donation by Cannon Memorial Hospital (CMH) employees to $16,500. The money was raised through events like “Live After Five,” which is held at Land Harbor.

Terry Woodruff, Sallie Woodring and Brian Yaffe

Through the CMH Habitat Committee, the employees at CMH have made a commitment to sponsor a house for an Avery County family who have a critical need for better housing.The building of a Habitat house is about having a safe, comfortable and affordable place to live. But more than that, it is about children’s health.

Habitat homes are built to “System Vision” standards that exceed “Energy Star.” Just two of the important features are laminate flooring and central heat/air conditioning.

“In an area where so many children have respiratory illness’, the elimination of off gases from cheap carpet, of mold due to dampness, and of extreme changes in temperature, is solved by central heating and air conditioning,” shared Woodruff. “This is of critical importance to a child’s health. It also addresses the problem of smoke caused by wood stoves and of burns to toddlers crawling on the floor.”

The employees at CMH make life better everyday for their patients, visitors and co-workers, so their generosity makes perfect sense.

For more information about Cannon Memorial Hospital, visit

For more information about Avery County Habitat for Humanity, contact:
Brian Yaffe-VISTA
Habitat for Humanity
PO Box 1016
Newland, NC 28657-1016
828-733-1909 X 14

ARHS Welcomes Inaugural Pre-Licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Class

Friday, September 3rd marked a historical day as Appalachian State University’s inaugural pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing class began their clinical rotation at Watauga Medical Center.  The 20 pre-licensure students were welcomed by Richard Sparks, CEO,  and Claire Cline, RN, VP Patient Care Services both of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System..  The class is beginning their clinical rotation as part of their nursing education at Appalachian State.  The Department of Nursing is part of Appalachian State’s newly formed College of Health Sciences, which officially began operation July 1, 2010.  Dean Fred Whitt, Founding Dean of the College, was also on-hand at the welcoming breakfast.

Inaugural Baccalaureate Nursing Class - Appalachian State University

Upon congratulating the first pre-licensure class, Richard Sparks stated, “What an honor for you, because you are the first class…something that has been a dream, a vision for many, many, many years.”

Dean Whitt spoke about how crucial Appalachian State University’s partnership with Appalachian Regional Healthcare System has been for this project, “Having partnerships is critical to this.  It is one thing to have bricks and mortar, it’s one thing to have a program, to have faculty, but none of the things that we will do in Health Sciences can be very efficient or very productive or meaningful with out really good partnerships; to have this partnership with Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, which won’t just be at this hospital, but others in the area and not just in nursing, but in nutrition, speech pathology and many other disciplines is critical to our mission.”

The students will receive clinical instruction from Wendy Miller, DNP, RN Director of the Pre-Licensure Program; Linda Johanson, PhD, RN, clinical coordinator for Adult Health Nursing Clinic; and Dana Brackney, PhD, RN, Clinical Instructor, as well as nursing and education leaders from Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s member hospitals, Watauga Medical Center, Charles A Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital and Blowing Rock Hospital.

The students will complete five semesters of clinical rotation as part of their nursing degree.  Over the course of their studies, students will have clinical experiences in several areas including adult health, pediatrics, behavioral health, obstetrics, community health and their clinical rotation is concluded with an internship.

Appalachian State University now offers two types of nursing programs.  The new program, for pre-licensure students complements the RN to BSN program, which began in 2006.

For more information about Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, visit; for more information about Appalachian State University’s College of Health Sciences, visit

Cannon Memorial Hospital Volunteers Present Scholarships

The Cannon Memorial Hospital Volunteer Program is proud to announce the presentation of $5,500 in scholarships for 2010 to students from area schools pursuing a degree in the healthcare field.  In June of this year, the following students received scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each at the Avery County High School awards night ceremony:

  • Jerica Shanta Jones will be attending ETSU to pursue a degree in nursing.
  • Kayla Elizabeth Knecht is attending ETSU for pre-med.
  • Justin Drew Wright is attending ETSU for pre-pharmacy and pre-med.
  • Morgan Michael Stout is enrolled at NC State University pursuing a degree in biology.
Ms. Knecht and Mr. Wright have both volunteered with Cannon Memorial Hospital throughout their high school career.

Jeannine Meador, CMH Volunteer President, Deanna Bray and Paul Hagen, CMH Volunteer Scholarship Chair.

On August 25, 2010, Deanna Bray of Morganton, NC and Regina Gardin of Spruce Pine, NC were awarded $750 scholarships at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville, NC. Cannon Memorial Hospital Volunteer Scholarship Chair, Paul Hagen, presented the awards.  Bray is enrolled in the cardiovascular sonography program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute and Gardin is enrolled in the medical assisting program at Mayland Community College.

Jeannine Meador, CMH Volunteer President, Regina Gardin and Paul Hagen, CMH Volunteer Scholarship Chair.

Congratulations to each of these outstanding individuals! The Cannon Memorial Hospital Volunteer Program wishes each of them every success as they pursue their degrees.

To learn more about Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, visit