Appalachian Regional Healthcare System

Celebrating Healthcare in Blowing Rock: National Nursing Home Week

Blowing Rock Rehabilitation and Davant Extended Care Center (BRRDECC) will celebrate National Nursing Home Week, May 10 – 16, 2015. This year, BRRDECC plans to use the week to acknowledge its history, appreciate its patients, applaud its staff and anticipate its future.


Blowing Rock Rehabilitation and Davant Extended Care Center.

Blowing Rock Rehabilitation and Davant Extended Care Center.

It all began in 1948, when former Blowing Rock Mayor Grover Robbins. Sr., asked a young Dr. Charles Davant. Jr., to serve as the community physician. Dr. Davant graciously accepted the position and began seeing patients on weekday afternoons and on Sundays. In 1951, The Blowing Rocket acknowledged Dr. Davant for his role in bringing a hospital to the region. “As everyone in the community knows, the driving force behind Blowing Rock Hospital, now known as Blowing Rock Rehabilitation & Davant Extended Care, is Dr. Charles Davant.”

Today, Dr. Davant’s legacy lives on though his son, Dr. Charles “Bunky” Davant, III. Dr. Davant has faithfully served patients at both Blowing Rock Medical Clinic and BRRDECC since 1975. In addition to Dr. Davant, Dr. John Davis and Dr. John Whitlock serve the community and patients at the facility.


Since joining Appalachian Regional Healthcare System in 2007, BRRDECC has served as an invaluable member to the healthcare system’s continuum of care. The 72-bed post-acute care facility specializes in short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. BRRDECC specializes in state-of-the-art rehab which supports patients in transition from the hospital to the home and offers long-term care as an alternative for those who can no longer live at home.

The skilled nursing facility has a depth of experience in all areas of service including: Rehabilitation: 30 years, Nursing: 30 years, Dietary: 30 years, Maintenance: 27 years, Environmental Services: 39 years, Social Services: 18 years and Activities: 25 years.


Throughout the years, BRRDECC has made every effort to meet the growing needs of the community. After conducting a needs assessment, ARHS determined that it would be in the best interest of the region to replace the existing facility with a larger, modernized 112-bed post-acute care center. This new facility will be called Chestnut Ridge.

Future rendering of Chestnut Ridge.

Future rendering of Chestnut Ridge.

Chestnut Ridge will enhance the region’s medical access to short and long-term post-acute care services. It will provide memory support, palliative care, rehabilitation services, skilled nursing care and a primary care clinic on a 68 acre tract alongside US 321 in Blowing Rock, NC.

The ARHS Foundation is currently engaged in a capital campaign to raise $11.5 million for Chestnut Ridge. Through the generosity of donors, ARHS is well on its way to reaching this goal.

Chestnut Ridge is scheduled to open in the summer of 2016. One quote pulled from The Blowing Rocket in 1968 pertaining to healthcare remains true today, “The story has not ended, there are many chapters remaining. The past has been an inspiration to further accomplishments.”

To learn more about National Nursing Home Week or Blowing Rock Rehabilitation and Davant Extended Care Center visit For more information about Chestnut Ridge visit

Healthcare System to offer summer Health Talk series

This summer, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System will host a 3-part community Health Talk series at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center. The series is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 14
Peripheral Artery Disease
Dr. Peter Purcell – Vascular Surgeon
Wellness Center Classroom – 6:30 pm

Thursday, June 11
Neck and Back Pain: Treatment Options at Watauga Medical Center
Dr. James Califf – Orthopaedic Surgeon
Wellness Center Classroom – 6:30 pm

Thursday, July 9
State of the Art Techniques to Prevent and Manage Knee and Shoulder Pain
Dr. Evan Ekman – Orthopaedic Surgeon
Wellness Center Classroom – 6:30 pm

Space is limited. Please call 828-268-8969 or email to RSVP. To learn more about the Health Talk series or Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, visit

Blessed be the Nurses

Blessed be the hands of the Nurses of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS)
Hands that hold and touch and push wheelchairs
Hands that expertly administer injections and tenderly bandage wounds
Hands that navigate electronic forms and tedious paperwork
Blessed be the hands of our Nurses

Blessed be the feet of the Nurses of ARHS
Feet that push heavy stretchers with precious cargo
Feet that stand long days and nights
Feet that wear out the floors treading back and forth to patient rooms
Blessed be the feet of our Nurses

Blessed be the eyes of the Nurses of ARHS
Eyes that watch monitors with critical attention
Eyes that perceive subtle changes in their patients and intervene for life
Eyes that observe the faces of pain, sadness, and grief and respond with care
Blessed be the eyes of our Nurses

Blessed be the ears of the Nurses of ARHS
Ears attuned to newborn cries and the cries of the bereaved
Ears that listen carefully for a regular heartbeat
Ears that drink in hundreds of stories, songs, and memories of near-strangers
Blessed be the ears of our Nurses

3-nursesBlessed be the hearts of the Nurses of ARHS
Hearts softened by the suffering of others
Hearts beating passionately to make a difference
Hearts touched and hearts that have touched us
Blessed be the hearts of our Nurses

And now, blessed be the celebration and camaraderie of this exceptional staff that we honor today.

Blessed be – Amen

Rev. Melanie Childers
Director, Pastoral Care

Urgent Care Awareness Month Shines Spotlight on AppUrgent

The Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) has declared May as Urgent Care Awareness Month. AppUrgent Care Center, a certified UCAOA member, plans to use the month to educate the community on the purposes and benefits of using an urgent care facility.

AppUrgent Care Center.

Conveniently located on Highway 321 in Boone, AppUrgent serves as an important member of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s (ARHS) continuum of care. Since opening at its current location in 2012, the Center has provided same day walk-in access to patients with non-life threatening symptoms such as sore throats, strains, sprains and the flu. In addition, AppUrgent also offers physicals, urine drug screens and breath alcohol testing in compliance with Department of Transportation standards.

Viewed as a cost saving alternative to an emergency room visit, AppUrgent recognizes that illnesses and injuries never seem to occur at convenient times. That’s why the practice offers extended hours Monday through Friday, from 8 am – 7 pm and weekend hours on Saturday and Sunday, from 9 am – 5 pm. At all times, the practice is well-equipped with an on-site physician and a team of skilled nurses who are ready to provide patients with quality and timely care.

To learn more information about AppUrgent Care Center, or Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, visit

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System has a new uniformed look

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) will have a new look. Employees who work in patient care areas will begin wearing color-coordinated apparel, specific to their job function.

No one wakes up in the morning wanting to go to the hospital. They are glad to know the hospital is there, but view the building as a confusing labyrinth of hallways filled with busy medical professionals taking care of sick patients. For this reason, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System actively listens to patient feedback in order to improve the overall patient experience.licensed nurses

The change to color-coordinated apparel came about after a recent patient satisfaction survey revealed that it would be helpful if patients could more easily identify healthcare employees within the hospital. For example, licensed nurses will wear solid navy blue or solid white uniforms and Nursing Assistants will wear turquoise.

“Our top priority is to provide exceptional patient care in every sense of the word,” said Amy Crabbe, Vice President of People Services at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. “After listening to our patients, ARHS feels that this uniform change will go a long way toward helping patients identify and feel more comfortable when interacting with our healthcare staff.”

Approximately 700 employees, ranging from admitting staff to physicians, will begin wearing color-coordinated apparel to help patients and family members more easily identify them and their area of medical expertise. Appalachian Regional Healthcare System appreciates the feedback from patients and is excited about enhancing your patient experience.

To learn more about the uniform change at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, click here to visit the Uniformity page on our website.