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.

For more information about Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, visit

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