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Watauga Medical Center earns “A” grade for patient safety in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grad...

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B,  [ ... ]

Take the quiz: are you at risk for type 2 diabetes?

  Click to enlarge this infographic According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of Americans are unaware that they hav [ ... ]

4th Annual Lighting of the Tree at Watauga Medical Center

December 14, 2017
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Watauga Medical Center Auditorium Directions

NEW Better Breathers Club

2nd Wednesday of each month 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center
232 Boone Heights Drive Directions

Speaker Event: Rural Health and Health Care in America, Challenges and Opportunities

Thursday, November 9
11:00 a.m.
Schafer Center for the Performing Arts

Blood Drive at Watauga Medical Center - Dec 20
Advance Directives

December 20, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Watauga Medical Center Auditorium
336 Deerfield Rd, Boone, NC Directions

Candy Jones, RN: nurse knits healthcare system and community together
Candy Jones, RN

Few people in life have touched more hearts than Candy Jones, RN, the Community Outreach nurse at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS). Since moving to the High Count [ ... ]

Local 11-year-old starts a beary special program at Watauga Medical Center

  Few things in life can seem scarier than the thought of surgery – especially for an 11-year-old. After her tonsillectomy at Watauga Medical Center, Lula Bovino a [ ... ]

Scholarship helps student and patients breathe easier

Have you ever received a scholarship and wondered what it could mean for your future? Callie Crump, Pulmonary Navigator at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS),  [ ... ]

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The Oncology Clinical Research Department under the direction of Dr. Anna Sobol strives to offer opportunities for our mountain community to participate in research. Having studies that are open and accruing enables a greater number of High Country residents to participate in research.    

Dr. Anna Sobol is the Principal Investigator for all currently open studies. Marjorie Hrozencik RN, BSN, OCN, CCRP serves as Clinical Research Coordinator.

Current Trials

Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center is a research affiliate site for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently there are two trials that we are partnering with UNC-CH to conduct.

  • Carolina Senior: UNC Registry for Older Patients.  A registry study recruiting patients over the age of 65 that gathers information about functional age.
  • S-PACT (Senior Physical Activity after Chemotherapy) An interventional study of the effects of walking on fatigue after chemotherapy in patients 65 and older.

 Incyte Sponsored Study

  • MOST: Myelofibrosis and Essential Thrombocythemia Observational Study. An observational study of the patients with a diagnosis of Myelofibrosis or Essential Thrombocythemia.

The Clinical Research Coordinator is also available on request to conduct a comprehensive search for clinical trials across the USA and assist in arranging an appointment.  She may be contacted at 828-265-5008 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clinical Trials Web Resources for Patients

American Cancer Society

Provides basic clinical trials information and a clinical trials matching service

Provides general information about clinical trials and stories from people who have been on clinical trials


Offers access to health and patient organizations, blogs and support groups as well as information about clinical trials.

Medline Plus Interactive Clinical Trials Tutorials and Information

Online educational program for patients and families from the National Library of Medicine

US National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Education Series

Designed for patients and the general public in both English and Spanish

US National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Trials and You

Provides basic information and volunteer stories

About Clinical Trials (ACT)

Collaboration between the American Cancer Society and Genentech offers a patient kit, containing an educational brochure with DVD and USB drive. Call 1-800-227-2345 to request a kit or online