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Patient Stories

Whether celebrating a birth or treating an illness, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System recognizes that each patient has a unique story to tell. Our
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Golf Tournament raises $31k for Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center

The 44th Annual Grover C. Robbins, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament was held at Grandfather Golf and Country Club on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. The event raised more than $31,000  [ ... ]

Public Health Advisory: Smoke Exposure from the fire in Watauga County NC

AppHealthCare (Appalachian District Health Department) and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System are advising residents and visitors to be aware of the possibility of smoke f [ ... ]

Watauga Medical Center Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety in Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grad...

New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., w [ ... ]

3rd Annual Lighting of the Tree at Watauga Medical Center

December 15, 2016
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Watauga Medical Center Auditorium Directions

Blood Drive at Watauga Medical Center

December 21, 2016
10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Watauga Medical Center Auditorium Directions

A Blowing Rock story: Connected at birth, together through life

Few relationships in life are more meaningful than those established at birth. This was certainly the case for Lorrine Miller, when in September 1951 she was delivered by Dr.  [ ... ]

A behind the scenes look at the hospital after dark

Few patients when entering the hospital consider all of the “behind the scenes” staff working on their behalf.

Piano playing nurse makes life better for patients at Watauga Medical Center

Many thoughts come to mind when contemplating a trip to the hospital. Where should I park? What time is surgery? Will the cafeteria food be good? Fortunately, for patients at  [ ... ]

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Pulmonology Services - Appalachian Regional Healthcare System


Our pulmonology services focus on helping you breathe easier specializing in diseases involving the lungs and therapeutic and diagnostic services for respiratory system disorders.

Pulmonology Services

Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists treat the whole person, not just the illness. Our internal medicine services focus on prevention and wellness strategies, new treatment options and emerging health strategies. 

Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists
148 Hwy 105 Extension, Suite 104
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 386-2746

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is available to patients who are referred by a physician and whose medical records have been reviewed by rehabilitation staff. Patients with a number of conditions are eligible. Appropriate candidates may be diagnosed with:

  • COPD
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Asthma

Learn more about our Cardiopulmonary Rehab Program.

If you are over the age of 35, still smoke, or used to smoke, any shortness of breath could be due to COPD. Visit the DRIVE4COPD website and read more about the disease. Taking a proactive approach to your healthcare can be as simple as answering 5 questions and following up with a primary care provider.

Education, to help patients and their families understand and cope with the disease process, learn how to modify lifestyles, and reduce risk factors. Exercise, to elevate a patient's activity level in a setting where heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and EKG can be monitored as they exercise. Support, to provide an opportunity to share experiences, encourage others and, in turn, be encouraged.