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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 My Story campaign allows patients an opportunity to tell their stories.


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Behavioral Health Services set to move and improve this fall

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s Outpatient Behavioral Health offices are merging. The Boone office will move into the Linville office, located in the Sloop Medi [ ... ]

The Davant Medical Clinic open in Blowing Rock

The Harriet and Charles Davant, Jr. Medical Clinic opened on October 3, 2016 on the campus of The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’ [ ... ]

Specialty practice expands this fall

After opening as a new Appalachian Regional Medical Associates (ARMA) practice last summer, Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists (ARIMS) expanded this fall.

Blood Drive: Watauga Medical Center
Oct 26, 2016
10:00AM - 02:30PM
Pink Day 2016
Oct 28, 2016
10:00AM - 03:30PM
Diabetes Health Fair and Talk
Nov 12, 2016
08:00AM - 10:45AM
Health Talk | Living With Diabetes
Nov 12, 2016
10:00AM -
3rd Annual Lighting of the Tree
Dec 15, 2016
06:00PM - 07:00PM
Blood Drive: Watauga Medical Center
Dec 21, 2016
10:00AM - 02:30PM
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.