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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),  [ ... ]

More News | More Events 

Can you remember the last time you were sick and unable to schedule an appointment at your doctor’s office? All too often, patients feel helpless and frustrated when they hear that their medical provider’s next available appointment is more than two weeks out.

We can see you now!

In response to patient feedback, Baker Center for Primary Care offers walk-in acute care (sick or injured) visits for both new and established patients. The Baker Center’s walk-in clinic will operate Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

“The first step in providing patient-centered care is making sure that care is available when patients need it most,” said Robert Johnston, ARHS Vice President of Ambulatory Services & Clinical Integration. “Our goal is to help these patients feel better while also helping them avoid an emergency room visit for a non-life-threatening condition.”

Patients seeking an annual physical, disease management check-up or other routine medical appointment should call 828-737-7711 to schedule an appointment.


About the Baker Center for Primary Care

In 2012, Dr. Charles Baker along with the other healthcare providers in his office, decided to join Appalachian Regional Medical Associates to form the Baker Center for Primary Care. Dr. Baker, who is board certified in both Family Medicine and Pediatrics, has faithfully practiced medicine in Avery County for more than 30 years. From your pregnancy, to caring for your infant, child or adolescent, as an adult and into your later years, we are truly your medical home for all ages.

The Baker Center is recognized by The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Tier 3 Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The PCMH distinction acknowledges the Center’s high-quality of care devoted to emphasizing access, health information technology and partnerships between clinicians and patients.

The Baker Center for Primary Care is located in the Sloop Medical Office Plaza adjacent to Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville, NC. To learn more about the Baker Center call 828-737-7711.