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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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How do I request a tour?

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Can I add a loved-one to the waiting list?

Yes, call us at (828) 386-3300 and we will add your loved-one's name to the waiting list and we will contact you when a room is available.

Are there plans for more assisted living rooms?

There are plans for assisted living rooms but nothing is finalized yet.

Can the community use the pharmacy and medical clinic?

Yes, the community can use the pharmacy and the medical clinic.

Can my parents room together?

We do have a few semi-private rooms and we will be able to room married couples together if they wish.

Are pets allowed in the facility?

Pets are allowed to visit after the owner provides the required documentation to the Activities Director, Marie Tsourakis. Marie can answer questions regarding the pet visitation policy. 

Is there a visitation policy?

Visitors are allowed to visit from 7 am until 10 pm. Due to the security of our residents, our doors lock at 10 pm.

What furniture will I have in my new room at The Foley Center? 

Each resident’s room will be fully furnished with a bed, armoire, dresser, side-table/night stand, side chair, recliner and flat screen TV.

Is Pet Therapy available?

Pet Therapy is available on Monday and Tuesday. All Pet Therapy dogs are certified and meet the qualifications of the therapy dog visitation program at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness Support).

Is there a hair salon on-site?

We have an one-chair hair salon. Our hairdresser works every Monday and Tuesday. The Activities Coordinator, Marie Tsourakis, schedules appointments and arranges payments from residents through their personal fund accounts (which are usually set up during admission).  Short-term rehab patients usually pay cash but can also set up an personal fund account that Marie manages for them.  If a resident has their own hairdresser, Marie can set up a time so they can use the hair salon.

What activities are available for the residents at The Foley Center?

Each month the Activities Coordinator prepares an activities calendar. Activities such as Bingo, exercise, watercolors, Bible study, sit down square dance, ice cream socials, and sing alongs. In addition to the daily activities, there are special parties such as 50’s parties, Halloween, 4th of July, and Beach Parties.. Activities will be in different neighborhoods for ease of access to patients/residents.

How do I become a volunteer at The Foley Center?

Click to see more information about volunteering.