Monthly Archives: March 2011

Certified Nurses Day – March 19

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) is celebrating Certified Nurses Day, March 19th by honoring its board certified nurses. The following nurses are being recognized for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care: Continue reading

Health System and UNC Cancer Network Affiliation

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is very happy to announce that we have entered into an affiliate agreement with University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s UNC Cancer Network. This agreement allows Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center to participate as a study site for clinical research trials which may afford cancer patients in the High Country more treatment options.

One of the advantages of the affiliation is the use of UNC-CH’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) which provides the essential elements of experienced research support staff, technology and principal investigators as well as a variety of potential clinical research studies based on our specific patient population and cancer types. In the past, patients that have been interested in pursuing treatment options offered via clinical trials, needed to travel “off the mountain” to participate in such alternatives.

A team of practitioners at Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center in Boone has been established to coordinate the clinical trials locally. Anna Sobol, MD, Medical Oncologist, is the Principal Investigator for the Boone site, along with Teresa Callahan, RN as the Clinical Research Nurse, and Darrell Bare, MDiv, Staff Chaplain, is the Human Protections Administrator.  This team will screen cancer patients to determine appropriate clinical trials available for their care. Continue reading

Healthcare System Loses a Partner and Friend

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) lost a wonderful friend this week. Hugh Fields, former board member and strong supporter of ARHS, passed away March 1, 2011. According to Hampton Funeral Services online, “Hugh’s warm smile, “How ya doin’ partner?” greeting, and witty one liners will be missed by those who knew and loved him.”

Hugh Fields

Field’s leadership during his tenure as Chairman of Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation‘s board focused on providing a better quality of life for those living in and visiting the High Country. He was always promoting the good works of the Foundation and the healthcare system.

“Hugh kept the most positive attitude during his recent illness,” shared Richard Sparks, President and CEO of ARHS. “He continued sharing his thoughts and ideas… even told me to produce a television commercial so he could star in it and tell others what great caring people worked in our facilities.”

A member of the High Country community since the early 1970s, Fields devoted much of his time to ensuring that the area had the best Healthcare and Education. He served as a Trustee for The Crossnore School for Children for 37 years, for Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital and was instrumental in the merger between Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital and Watauga Medical Center in 2004 to form Appalachian Regional Healthcare System.

“Despite all he was going through, he wanted to know how he could help with our fundraising needs,” shared Megan Ellis, Special Events Coordinator for Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation. “ARHS was a priority for him.”

The contributions Fields made to the healthcare system, financial or otherwise, brought it to where it is today. We could not have done it without Fields’ tenacity, dedication and compassion. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fields family.

Online condolences may be sent to the Fields family at