Appalachian Regional Healthcare System

Hound Ears Open Committee visits Construction Site of The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge 

On Wednesday, July 1, members of the 14th Annual Hound Ears Open committee toured the construction site of The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge. Hound Ears Club has partnered with the healthcare system on numerous funding projects, two of which are the Cardio Room at the Paul Broyhill Wellness Center and Emergency Room in the Watauga Medical Center.
“Over the years, Hound Ears Club has been a wonderful contributor, not only to this Chestnut Ridge project, but towards the Healthcare System as a whole,” Rob Hudspeth, Senior Vice-President of Advancement for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) stated. “We are so grateful for these past five decades of support and look forward to working with them in the future to help patients in our community,” he added. This year, Hound Ears Club set a goal to raise $500,000 towards the new post acute care facility.
Hound Ears Open Committee

Hound Ears Open Committee

“We, here at Hound Ears, are so proud to be a part of the work that’s being done by Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. ARHS is looking towards the future and we are so excited to be a part of this vision. Chestnut Ridge, the new post-acute care facility, is being built right here in Blowing Rock and will be a vital asset for the community. This modern 87,500 square-foot facility will provide the most modern care possible for us all,” Hound Ears Open Co-Chair Libba Gaither said.

The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge is approximately 50% complete and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2016.

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Foley Family provides lead gift for post-acute care center in Blowing Rock

Throughout his successful career in manufacturing, Dennis Foley always had a knack for identifying problems and developing solutions. No one has benefited more from this positive outlook on business and life than his wife of 51 years, Diane. In 2002, while living in Boone, NC, she was diagnosed with lymphoma. Dennis utilized his problem solving skills in researching the best options for his wife’s treatment. The initial choice was a world renowned cancer institution halfway across the country. Although the institution was well-equipped to treat the disease, it fell short in terms of treating both body and mind with compassionate care. Unsettled by their experience Dennis, after further research, opted to move his wife closer to home, to the Seby Jones Regional Cancer Center in Boone. It was there that the Foleys met oncologist Dr. Herman Godwin. And the rest, as they say is history.

Diane and Dennis Foley.

Diane and Dennis Foley.

It soon became apparent to the Foleys that Dr. Godwin, provided the caring, warm spirited, and calming demeanor that had been missing from the larger facility. Thankfully, Diane was officially declared cancer free after two years of chemo and radiation. The respect and appreciation both Diane and Dennis feel toward Dr. Godwin are a large part of their decision to donate.

Although the Foleys have homes in Florida, Maine and NC, they have developed a love for the area from 18 years of having a second home in the beautiful North Carolina Mountains.

Both Foleys agree, “We have roots here. Our children and grandchildren live in the area. To have been able to avail ourselves of such wonderful care, and be in an area that we enjoy so much, is priceless.”

Over the years, the Foleys have enthusiastically remained close to and in support of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS). They were intrigued, when a community needs assessment revealed that it would be in the best interest of the region to replace the existing Blowing Rock Rehabilitation and Davant Extended Care Center with a modern post-acute care center.

Future rendering of The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge.

Future rendering of The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge.

In need of donor support, the Foleys graciously agreed to provide the lead gift of $3.75 million to construct The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge. This state-of-the-art, 112-bed post-acute care center will be located on a 68 acre tract of land alongside US 321 in Blowing Rock, NC. The facility will enhance the region’s access to short and long-term post-acute care for medical services. In addition, the Center will provide services for memory support, palliative care, rehabilitation, skilled nursing and an on-site medical clinic and pharmacy. Thanks to the generosity of the Foley’s and other private donors, the Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation is well on the way to reaching its capital campaign goal of $11.5 million. The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge is scheduled to open during the summer of 2016.

When asked why he was contributing, Dennis shared, “Like I have always said, no one wants to get sick. Different from finding a job or pursuing your education, getting sick is something over which you have very little control. After going down this road ourselves, we consider it a privilege to support the ever improving continuum of care that the healthcare system provides.”

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CHESS and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Partner to Implement Value-based Healthcare Delivery Model

HIGH POINT & BOONE, NC – CHESS (a population health management company based in High Point) and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) announced Monday that they have joined into a long-term partnership that will assist the Boone-based health system in changing its healthcare delivery model from one based on fee-for-service (volume-based) to one rooted in pay-for-performance (value-based).

“As healthcare reimbursement methods migrate to payment models based on quality, outcomes and cost, we are excited to join CHESS, a proven leader in the industry,” said Richard Sparks, President and CEO of ARHS. “We believe in partnering with CHESS, we can better adapt to a healthcare delivery model that will improve the quality of care and reduce the cost of caring for our patients.”

CHESS has assisted Cornerstone Health Care, a 350-provider multi-specialty group based in High Point, NC, in making the move to value by implementing innovative care models and establishing value-based contracts with insurance carriers. All of Cornerstone’s commercial insurance plans are set up to share savings with the insurer, or are risk-based (meaning Cornerstone is responsible for keeping the cost of care below a portion of the premium dollar). In addition, Cornerstone participates in the federal Medicare Shared Savings Program as an ACO, recently receiving recognition as one of the top 25 performing ACOs in the country on quality measures in 2014.

John Walker, MD, CHESS Business Development Officer said, “The partnership with ARHS will focus on analyzing data to identify populations of patients, particularly those with chronic conditions (such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease), then developing targeted programs designed to improve the health and quality of life of these patients. We also will use data to identify patients with gaps in care (those requiring check-ups and screenings), and assist ARHS in fine-tuning its outpatient model of care to focus on early intervention, prevention and reduced hospitalizations.”

ARHS and CHESS are beginning the process of developing programs and initiatives at ARHS’s outpatient practices to make an immediate and sustainable impact on the delivery of care at these facilities. “We look forward to working with the providers and staff at ARHS, and achieving positive outcomes for the patients of the High Country,” said Walker. “Patients receiving high quality care at a lower price is a win for them, the health system and the community.”



CHESS is a physician-managed healthcare services company that empowers physicians and health systems to make the transition to value-based medicine, a model where they are financially rewarded for improving the quality of care and reducing the cost of care they deliver to patients. Using advanced analytics to build and measure the success of targeted care models, along with payer contracts that enable physicians to share in cost savings, CHESS creates a healthcare environment that is both patient-centered and clinician-friendly.

CHESS is a joint venture of Cornerstone Health Care, Wake Forest Baptist Health and LabCorp. CHESS is committed to helping healthcare organizations throughout the United States prepare for the future, one in which fee-for-service reimbursements continue to dwindle. Led by a team of medical, technology and business experts who have a deep understanding of what it takes to transition clients into this new value-based world, CHESS offers a single solution that incorporates ALL elements required to successfully make the move to value. For more information about CHESS, visit


Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS), the healthcare leader in the High Country, is comprised of two hospitals – Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital in Linville and Watauga Medical Center in Boone – a physician practice management group – Appalachian Regional Medical Associates (ARMA) – the Blowing Rock Rehabilitation & Davant Extended Care Center in Blowing Rock – and Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System stays committed to promoting health in the High Country, enhancing quality of life and simply “making life better.” This charge makes Appalachian Regional Healthcare System the premier healthcare system in this region.

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