Blowing Rock Hospital

Broyhill Family Foundation Awards Grant for Chestnut Ridge at Blowing Rock

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) recently received a generous grant from The Broyhill Family Foundation to support the establishment of The Broyhill Rehabilitative Care Neighborhood in the new post-acute care medical facility, Chestnut Ridge at Blowing Rock.

The Rehabilitative Care Neighborhood will help patients regain their independence by offering post – acute care - such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy in a home-like environment. The neighborhood will be specifically designed as a place for positive recovery for those individuals who are discharged from the hospital and are not ready to return to their own homes.

“We are very grateful for The Broyhill Family Foundation’s ongoing legacy of support for our healthcare system. Their generosity has touched the lives of so many people in our community,” said Robert Hudspeth, Senior Vice President for Advancement at ARHS. “Through the added service lines available at Chestnut Ridge, ARHS will enhance the compassionate, quality patient care already being provided for the people of North Carolina’s High Country.”

The Broyhill Family Foundation, located in Lenoir, N.C., has a rich history of supporting health care in the High Country. Established in 1946, the Foundation has contributed gifts over the years for Watauga Medical Center, Blowing Rock Hospital, Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital, Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center and the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center.

Sheila Triplett-Brady, Executive Director of the Broyhill Family Foundation, said “The Broyhill Family Foundation is very pleased to continue its support of ARHS initiatives. We are glad to partner with an organization that strives to provide top quality healt care to High Country residents.”  

The Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation has set a capital campaign goal of $10 million to construct Chestnut Ridge at Blowing Rock. With the generous grant from The Broyhill Family Foundation, total gift commitments currently exceed $6 million.

For more information about Chestnut Ridge at Blowing Rock visit

Kenneth Wilcox receives the Lifetime Achievement Award

In recognition of his leadership and support of healthcare in the High Country, Kenneth Wilcox has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation.

Kenneth Wilcox with Richard Sparks

Kenneth Wilcox with Richard Sparks

The presentation took place at the Blowing Rock Country Club on September 9, during the Foundation’s annual Pinnacle Society recognition dinner. Wilcox was honored for his instrumental support in the establishment of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) and multiple healthcare services including Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center, The Cardiology Center and Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center.

At the awards presentation, Richard Sparks, President and CEO of ARHS, said “many of the things you see today would not be here without the leadership of Kenneth Wilcox. Kenneth has always been there to listen and help me understand the best way to move forward towards success.”

Reba Mortez, owner of Appalachian Ski Mountain and Joe Miller, owner of Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff also spoke about Wilcox’s impact in the community. Both Mortez and Miller, who serve on the Blowing Rock Hospital Advisory Board and the Foundation Board respectively, gave moving recounts of the many projects, services and initiatives Wilcox has influenced over the years.

Wilcox joins Hugh Fields, Spencer Robbins and John Blackburn as the fourth recipient of the Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more information about the Lifetime Achievement Award or the Foundation, call 828-262-4391 or visit

Blowing Rock Hospital Transitioning to Post-Acute Care Center

(September 12, 2013) – As part of a long-term strategy, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) announces the transition of Blowing Rock Hospital from a Critical Access Hospital to a post-acute care and rehabilitation center. Effective October 1, 2013, Blowing Rock Hospital will become Blowing Rock Rehabilitation & Davant Extended Care Center. Rehabilitation patients and long-term care residents will continue to receive the highest quality of care.

This transition will require the discontinuation of the Blowing Rock Emergency Department and acute care services of the facility. This change is part of the journey towards the rehabilitation and post-acute care model outlined for the new facility, Chestnut Ridge at Blowing Rock. For area residents and visitors in need of emergency, surgical or acute care, Watauga Medical Center is available, less than 7 miles away, in Boone.

Construction on Chestnut Ridge will begin in the spring of 2014, with an anticipated completion date of late summer 2015. It will be located on a 68-acre tract in Blowing Rock. For more information about Chestnut Ridge, please visit

Blowing Rock Medical Clinic, the practice of Dr. Charles Davant, III and Dr. John Davis, will maintain the same level of service and continue to care for patients Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, as well as Saturday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Blowing Rock Medical Clinic is adjacent to the Blowing Rock Rehabilitation & Davant Extended Care Center at 418 Chestnut Drive, Blowing Rock.

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Occupational Therapy Helps Individuals Live Life to Its Fullest

(April 25, 2013) – While April has been designated Occupational Therapy Month by the American Occupational Therapy Association, many people may not be aware of the services an occupational therapist can provide. From a holistic perspective, with the focus of adapting the environment to fit the needs of their patient, an occupational therapist and the patient become a therapy team.
Occupational Therapy (OT) services typically include:
  • Customized treatment programs to improve one’s ability to perform daily activities
  • Comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations
  • Performance skills assessments and treatment
  • Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
  • Guidance to family members and caregivers.
According to Jeanne Bradshaw, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Executive Director of Rehabilitation and the Wellness Center, ARHS has a growing and talented team of Occupational Therapists.  “They work in all of our settings across the healthcare system from Acute Care and Outpatient Rehabilitation at Cannon Memorial Hospital and Watauga Medical Center to Home Health and Blowing Rock Hospital,” she said. “Where we used to have one to two OTs across the system, we now are seven to eight strong. They are making a difference in the lives of our patients, but also are making a difference to our organization, as they are integral members of the ARHS Rehabilitation team.”

For more information about Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, visit or call The Rehabilitation Center of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System in Boone at (828) 268-9043; in Linville at (828) 737-7520; at Watauga Medical Center Inpatient OT (828) 262-4173; or at Blowing Rock Hospital (828) 295-3136.

To find out more about occupational therapy and how it might help you, visit the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Web site,

Healthcare System Celebrates its volunteers during National Volunteer Week

April 22, 2013) – Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) recognizes its volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 21 – 27, 2013.

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week is focused on honoring those who provide extraordinary service through volunteerism. The week is endorsed by the President and Congress, governors, mayors, as well as corporate and community groups across the country.

In 2012, ARHS had 240 volunteers who served in 45 different job services for a total of 27,551 hours. A few of the volunteer services include, working in the activity garden, visiting patients, pastoral services, community outings, hospitality, gift shop and blood drives.

“I consider all of these amazing volunteers to be the real heart beat of our system,” said Sallie Woodring, ARHS Director of Volunteer Services and Career Pathways. “Every day they bring to our hospitals and affiliates within ARHS all of their many talents to share with our patients, staff and visitors.”

ARHS is hosting events at each hospital within the system to honor its dedicated volunteers. On Monday, April 22 Blowing Rock Hospital is providing an appreciation luncheon for its volunteers. Cannon Memorial Hospital is presenting a volunteer potluck on Thursday, April 25 and Watauga Medical Center is honoring its volunteers on Wednesday, May 8.

“They do what they do just to make a difference,” said Woodring. “Their gifts of time, talent and compassion cannot be measured monetarily but their impact can be seen and felt throughout our organization.”

For more information on volunteering at ARHS please contact Woodring at (828) 737-7538 or via email at

Area Flu Cases Confirmed

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) has received reports of confirmed influenza cases in the region.  ARHS is urging community members to get their flu vaccines if you have not done so already.  The flu vaccine takes up to two weeks to reach full effectiveness, so the sooner you are vaccinated the better.

 This flu season, ARHS has implemented the iCare campaign to increase the number of ARHS employees who receive their annual vaccine. Those employees unable to take the vaccine are required to wear a surgical mask when in a patient care area. The masks are not a sign that these employees have the influenza virus, but rather that they care about protecting those around them.

The flu virus spreads mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Sometimes people may catch the flu by touching something infected with the virus and then touching their mouth or nose.

There are several things you can do to prevent catching or spreading the flu:

  • Protect yourself, your family and your community
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • If you get sick with flu, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from making them sick.
  • Get the recommended seasonal flu vaccine.


  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Most people recover after about a week without lasting effects.

Seek emergency medical care if you or a family member has any of these symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden onset of dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve, but then return with fever and worse cough
  • In babies, bluish or gray skin color, lack of responsiveness or extreme irritation

ARHS is working diligently to prevent the spread of the flu and appreciates any assistance the public can provide. For more information about the flu, visit

Raising a Toast to the Future of Blowing Rock Hospital

For 35 years the caring women of Blowing Rock have donated time and talent to raise money for our community hospital. Once again, the past and present chairwomen of the annual Blowing Rock Hospital Benefit and Luncheon will host a fundraiser, Wine and Women: A Tasting.

Please join us July 12, 2012 from 4 pm – 6pm at the beautiful home of Kim and Steve Kincaid. Don your dressy denim, and we’ll raise a glass to the 2012 theme “Blazing a Trail in Style and Healthcare”. All proceeds will benefit the new medical facility being developed in the Blowing Rock community.

We are pleased to present this event with the help of following wine distributing companies: Ms. Natali Meetze of Fine Wine Trading Company, Mr. Dylan Tatum of Grandfather Winery in Banner Elk and Ms. Wendy Dunn of Mutual Distributing Company. Each company has agreed to generously donate and represent their wonderful wine with a tasting sure to please any pallet.

In addition, this event will highlight some of our best restaurants in the High Country who have graciously donated the hors d’oeuvres for Wine and Women. We will feature delicious dishes from Bistro Roca, Mary Kelly Glidewell’s, Foggy Rock, Crippen’s Country Inn, The Table at Crestwood and The Best Cellar.

A ticket to the tasting is $50.00 of which, 100% is tax deductible. Please contact Megan Ellis at 828-262-9564 or to purchase tickets.

To learn more about Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation, visit

Death at the Double D Ranch – Could Chief or Pocca be the murderer?

Chief Redfeather, aka John Winkler, is a Native American of the Apache Tribe. Once a mighty warrior, Redfeather wears his war paint as a reminder of his former status. He’s usually seen in typical Apache attire and carries a peace pipe. The Chief finds himself on the list of suspects because he is a frequent guest at the annual Barn Party Barbeque. Could Chief Redfeather be mixed up in this untimely death?

Chief Redfeather and Poccamahinee

Michelle Novacek appears as Chief Redfeather’s daughter, Poccamahinee. She is an Apache beauty who wears her hair in side braids, and is also known to wear short fringed skirts and moccasins. Recently Poccamahinee has taken a job at The Double D Ranch. She is seen in the bunkhouse on the day ranch owner Dray Duncan was found murdered. What could be her motive for committing murder?

Death at the Double D Ranch is an interactive dinner theatre presented by the committee for the 35th Annual Blowing Rock Hospital Benefit and Luncheon. The show takes place at Tweetsie Railroad on June 28th at 6:30 pm. All proceeds will benefit the new medical facility being developed in the Blowing Rock community. Tickets are $90.00 per person and include dinner, drinks, and the show. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Megan Lynch Ellis at 828-262-9564 or

Act now! Do not miss this exciting evening. We expect a full house!

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Healthcare System Hosting Community Meeting

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System will host a community meeting on June 20th to share information about the state of the healthcare system and plans for a new medical facility in Blowing Rock. After 60 years of service to the community, Blowing Rock Hospital is transitioning into a premier post acute care facility. The new facility will continue to provide the same high quality patient care the High Country has come to expect, as well as offer enhanced services to address the emerging healthcare needs of a maturing population.

The “State of ARHS” event is free and open to the public. It will be held at 5 pm on June 20th at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum in Blowing Rock, NC. For more information, contact Gillian Baker at (828) 268-8958 or

The State of ARHS

Death at the Double D Ranch – Could Dusty or Purdy be the murderer?

Dusty Trales


Exotic Purdy Filly, played by Shelia Deal, is a popular dancer at Lucy Lipp’s saloon. With an updo, a beauty spot and her fishnets, she’s a dancer right down to her tap shoes.

Purdy works long hours for Miss Lucy at the saloon. She’s not the brightest bulb on the tree, but could she be clever enough to have something to do with the death of Dray Duncan?

Dusty Trales, aka Sid Greene, is our singing cowboy. New to the Double D, Dusty always wears his cowboy hat and bandanna. He is rarely without his lariat which he uses to rope the cattle before branding them at the ranch. Since he’s on the ranch at the time of Dray Duncan’s untimely passing, Dusty is a suspect. Why would he want to murder his new boss?

Death at the Double D Ranch is an interactive dinner theatre presented by the committee for the 35th Annual Blowing Rock Hospital Benefit and Luncheon. The show takes place at Tweetsie Railroad on June 28th at 6:30 pm. All proceeds will benefit the new medical facility being developed in the Blowing Rock community. Tickets are $90.00 per person and include dinner, drinks, and the show. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Megan Lynch Ellis at 828-262-9564 or

Act now! Do not miss this exciting evening. The tickets are going quickly.

To learn more about Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation, visit