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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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Melanie Childers thumbMelanie Childers, BCC, LPCS

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(828) 266-1178

 Pastoral Care and Counseling

Cancer impacts not only our physical bodies, but also our minds, emotions, and spirits. In order to provide holistic care that addresses each of these areas, Seby B Jones offers both spiritual support and licensed professional counseling to patients and their families. Individuals may request consultation with and support from the chaplain at any time. There is no charge for this service. The professional chaplain is board certified through the Association of Professional Chaplains, and is trained to work with people of any faith, or of no faith.

Short-term counseling services are available at the Cancer Center for patients and/or their immediate family members while the patient is in active treatment. This service, also provided free of charge, is made possible through a “co-location” program offered through the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Outpatient Behavioral Health Department. For more information or to schedule an appointment for either of these confidential services, please contact Melanie Childers.

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Angie Shoemake
Social Worker 

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(828) 262-4332

Social Work

The Social Worker meets with each patient starting treatment to identify barriers to treatment. She can address transportation issues as well as financial concerns not related to insurance. She is also the person to see for needs regarding Nutritional Supplements, Advance Directives and the Resource Center. The Resource Center has books and literature available for check out and a Wig Boutique that offers wigs, hats, bras, turbans, scarves and prosthetics at no charge.

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Laura Shroyer, RDN, LDN
Registered Dietician

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828-262-4158 (Watauga) 
828-737-7434 (Avery)

Nutrition Counseling

Research has consistently shown that good nutrition helps patients stay stronger and respond better to cancer treatment. The Seby Jones Cancer Treatment Center offers evidence-based nutrition information from a licensed, registered dietitian. The dietitian is available throughout the course of treatment to assist with nutrition related issues such as weight loss, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, altered taste and other diet concerns. The dietitian also provides education on current nutrition recommendations, use of nutritional supplements and diet guidelines for after cancer treatment. Monthly presentations on the latest nutrition topics are offered as well. The dietitian visits the cancer center regularly and is available by appointment to provide nutrition consultations. This is a free service that is available to current as well as past patients of the Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center. For more information, or to set up an appointment, please contact Laura Shroyer, RDN, LDN.

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April Wilcox
Financial Navigator

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(828) 262-9166

Financial Navigation

Assistance is available to patients who are in need of help to pay their accounts. Assistance is based on the guarantor's financial status. In order to determine this, the patient must complete a Financial Assistance Application. You may be eligible for assistance through government programs such as Medicaid, Purchase of Medical Care, Crime Victims Compensation, Vocational Rehabilitation, or other community programs. The Financial Navigator helps patient apply for assistance programs, and acts as the liaison with the ARHS Patient Accounts Department in the Business Office.

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Paul Young
Nurse Navigator

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(828) 262-9121

Nurse Navigation