Watauga Surgical Group will join Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) on January 1, 2017. The practice, which is located less than a mile from Watauga Medical Center, will become a member of Appalachian Regional Medical Associates (ARMA), the healthcare system's medical practice management corporation.

Established in 1970, Watauga Surgical Group specializes in general, vascular, cancer and thoracic surgery. The practice consists of Paul Dagher, MD, Tim Edmisten, MD, Anne-Corinne Beaver, MD, Lionel van der Westhuizen, MD, Emily Moore, PA, John Shoaf, PA, and Matthew Lutz, PA.

“We are very pleased to welcome Watauga Surgical Group into the Appalachian Regional Medical Associates (ARMA) family,” said Robert Johnston, Vice President of Ambulatory Services and Clinical Integration. “Our goal in ARMA is to integrate our collective services in order to provide the best care possible for our patients.”

Dr. Paul Dagher said of the transition, “we decided to join ARMA so that the surgeons can focus on patient care and have ARMA run operations of the practice.  By joining ARMA the providers get to devote more time to patient care and to potentially expand clinical services in the future at Watauga Surgical Group to better serve our community.”

As part of the transition, Watauga Surgical Group will switch over to the healthcare system’s centralized electronic medical record. For patients, this means that their medical records will transition seamlessly between ARMA offices and the hospital, improving the continuity of care for all patients.

The Boone office location, 965 State Farm Road, as well as the phone number 828-264-2340 will remain the same.