Blowing Rock

Task Force to Study Retirement Community Options

Plans for a retirement community on property purchased by Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) are still in the works. Richard Sparks, President & CEO of ARHS, has commissioned an 11 person task force to study retirement community options that will complement ARHS’ new state-of-the-art Post-Acute Care Facility, Appalachian Place at Chestnut Ridge. Appalachian Place, a 112-bed facility, will be located between Boone and Blowing Rock on a portion of the 68-acre tract along Highway 321 in Blowing Rock. The new facility will allow Appalachian Regional Healthcare System to offer rehabilitation services, extended care, memory support, palliative care and primary care in a beautiful neighborhood setting adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Construction will begin in the Spring of 2013.

“The High Country presents a unique situation and culture,” shared Sparks. “Finding the right match for a retirement community provider is critical. The task force will explore retirement living options for residents of our region and play an important role in determining which can successfully operate on the campus of Appalachian Place at Chestnut Ridge.”

The Task Force, chaired by Jerry Hutchens, Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation Board Member and former Sr. Vice President of the Foundation, is comprised of Dr. Lorin Baumhover, Retired Provost – ASU, Dr. Lori Gonzalez, Provost – ASU, Mr. Rob Hudspeth,  Sr. Vice President, ARHS Foundation, Mrs. Reba Moretz, Owner, Appalachian Ski Mountain, Mr. Larry Nance, Retired Director of Human Resource – ASU, Mr. Dennis Quinn, Chairperson, Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation Board, Mr. Keith Tester, ARHS Board of Trustees member, Dr. Ted Waller, retired Physician.  Dr. Kenneth Peacock, Chancellor – ASU and Mr. Richard Sparks will serve as ex-officio members of the task force.

Sparks has charged the Task Force with determining a retirement community model that will:

  • Serve the retirement needs of residents of the High Country — related to their lifestyle desires, healthcare needs and financial resources.
  • Fully complement the ARHS post-acute care facility, Appalachian Place at Chestnut Ridge.
  • Allow ARHS to partner with Appalachian State University and their College of Health Sciences in fostering a learning environment for students studying geriatrics, rehabilitation, memory support and palliative care.
  • Allow ARHS to focus entirely on its mission to provide compassionate, high quality healthcare for the people of our region.

The Task Force will meet over the next six months to review retirement care models and partnerships that will serve the High Country well into the future.

 

Death at the Double D Ranch – Could Chief or Pocca be the murderer?

Chief Redfeather, aka John Winkler, is a Native American of the Apache Tribe. Once a mighty warrior, Redfeather wears his war paint as a reminder of his former status. He’s usually seen in typical Apache attire and carries a peace pipe. The Chief finds himself on the list of suspects because he is a frequent guest at the annual Barn Party Barbeque. Could Chief Redfeather be mixed up in this untimely death?

Chief Redfeather and Poccamahinee

Michelle Novacek appears as Chief Redfeather’s daughter, Poccamahinee. She is an Apache beauty who wears her hair in side braids, and is also known to wear short fringed skirts and moccasins. Recently Poccamahinee has taken a job at The Double D Ranch. She is seen in the bunkhouse on the day ranch owner Dray Duncan was found murdered. What could be her motive for committing murder?

Death at the Double D Ranch is an interactive dinner theatre presented by the committee for the 35th Annual Blowing Rock Hospital Benefit and Luncheon. The show takes place at Tweetsie Railroad on June 28th at 6:30 pm. All proceeds will benefit the new medical facility being developed in the Blowing Rock community. Tickets are $90.00 per person and include dinner, drinks, and the show. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Megan Lynch Ellis at 828-262-9564 or mellis@apprhs.org.

Act now! Do not miss this exciting evening. We expect a full house!

To learn more about Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation, visit www.apprhs.org/foundation.

Healthcare System Hosting Community Meeting

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System will host a community meeting on June 20th to share information about the state of the healthcare system and plans for a new medical facility in Blowing Rock. After 60 years of service to the community, Blowing Rock Hospital is transitioning into a premier post acute care facility. The new facility will continue to provide the same high quality patient care the High Country has come to expect, as well as offer enhanced services to address the emerging healthcare needs of a maturing population.

The “State of ARHS” event is free and open to the public. It will be held at 5 pm on June 20th at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum in Blowing Rock, NC. For more information, contact Gillian Baker at (828) 268-8958 or gbaker@apprhs.org.

The State of ARHS

Death at the Double D Ranch – Could Dusty or Purdy be the murderer?

Dusty Trales

Purdy

Exotic Purdy Filly, played by Shelia Deal, is a popular dancer at Lucy Lipp’s saloon. With an updo, a beauty spot and her fishnets, she’s a dancer right down to her tap shoes.

Purdy works long hours for Miss Lucy at the saloon. She’s not the brightest bulb on the tree, but could she be clever enough to have something to do with the death of Dray Duncan?

Dusty Trales, aka Sid Greene, is our singing cowboy. New to the Double D, Dusty always wears his cowboy hat and bandanna. He is rarely without his lariat which he uses to rope the cattle before branding them at the ranch. Since he’s on the ranch at the time of Dray Duncan’s untimely passing, Dusty is a suspect. Why would he want to murder his new boss?

Death at the Double D Ranch is an interactive dinner theatre presented by the committee for the 35th Annual Blowing Rock Hospital Benefit and Luncheon. The show takes place at Tweetsie Railroad on June 28th at 6:30 pm. All proceeds will benefit the new medical facility being developed in the Blowing Rock community. Tickets are $90.00 per person and include dinner, drinks, and the show. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Megan Lynch Ellis at 828-262-9564 or mellis@apprhs.org.

Act now! Do not miss this exciting evening. The tickets are going quickly.

To learn more about Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation, visit www.apprhs.org/foundation.

Death at the Double D Ranch – Could Sum or Poncho be the murderer?

Sum and Poncho

Sum Ting, aka Alex Hallmark, is a Chinese cook at the Double D Ranch. Sum Ting, a highly trained chef in his native country, has the unique style of wearing his hair in one long braid down his back together with a tight fitting black cap. He is never seen without his apron.

Could Sum Ting have had something to do with Dray Duncan’s death?

Poncho Sanchez, played by Chase Luddeke, is the hired hand on the Double D Ranch. With an upbringing south of the border in Mexico, Poncho prefers to wear his sombrero, serape and sandals while attending to his duties around the ranch. He’s the hardest worker on the ranch. Did Dray Duncan push Poncho so hard that he resorted to murder?

Death at the Double D Ranch is an interactive dinner theatre presented by the committee for the 35th Annual Blowing Rock Hospital Benefit and Luncheon. The show takes place at Tweetsie Railroad on June 28th at 6:30 pm. All proceeds will benefit the new medical facility being developed in the Blowing Rock community. Tickets are $90.00 per person and include dinner, drinks, and the show. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Megan Lynch Ellis at 828-262-9564 or mellis@apprhs.org.

Act now! Do not miss this exciting evening. We are expecting a full house

To learn more about Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation, visit www.apprhs.org/foundation.

Death at the Double D Ranch – Could Phoebe or Jenny be the murderer?

Phoebe and Jenny

Phoebe Duncan, played by Rosanne Peacock, is the daughter of Dray Duncan. Phoebe was educated out east in one of those snobbish finishing schools. Phoebe tries to out dress, out class and one up everyone with her highfalutin’ ways. When her father’s lifeless body is found in the bunkhouse, everyone is a suspect, even Phoebe. Could she have had something to do with his death?

The local school marm in the town near the Double D Ranch is Jenny Jenkins, played by Marsha Fletcher. A single woman who is strict with her pupils, Jenny is in the habit of carrying her ruler wherever she goes. She dresses very conservatively due to her position, but does like to show off her well-turned ankles now and then. Could this proper woman have had some improper business with Dray Duncan?

Death at the Double D Ranch is an interactive dinner theatre presented by the committee for the 35th Annual Blowing Rock Hospital Benefit and Luncheon. The show takes place at Tweetsie Railroad on June 28th at 6:30 pm. All proceeds will benefit the new medical facility being developed in the Blowing Rock community. Tickets are $90.00 per person and include dinner, drinks, and the show. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Megan Lynch Ellis at 828-262-9564 or mellis@apprhs.org.

Act now! Do not miss this exciting evening. We expect a full house.

To learn more about Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation, visit www.apprhs.org/foundation.

Death at the Double D Ranch – Could Ace or Lucy be the murderer?

 

Lucy Lipps and Ace Holdem

Lucy Lipps and Ace Holdem

Ace Holdem, aka John Stacey, is a local gambler and card shark. He’s always sporting his black handlebar moustache, black clothing and a black Stetson. And, he’s never seen without a deck of cards. Is it possible that Ace could have been pulled away from the poker table long enough to have had something to do with the death of Dray Duncan?

Lucy Lipps played by Leanne Mattar is the local saloon owner. Known around town as “Miss Lucy”, her trademark dress style is flamboyant – all feathers, fishnets and the fashionable finery of the day. With her buxom physique, she stands out from the crowd in more ways than one! But, why would Miss Lucy want Dray Duncan dead?

Death at the Double D Ranch is an interactive dinner theatre presented by the committee for the 35th Annual Blowing Rock Hospital Benefit and Luncheon. The show takes place at Tweetsie Railroad on June 28th at 6:30 pm. All proceeds will benefit the new medical facility being developed in the Blowing Rock community. Tickets are $90.00 per person and include dinner, drinks, and the show. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Megan Lynch Ellis at 828-262-9564 or mellis@apprhs.org.

Act now! Do not miss this exciting evening. We expect a full house.

To learn more about Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation, visit www.apprhs.org/foundation.

Death at the Double D Ranch – Meet Sheriff Remington

 

Our Sheriff, played by John Alley, has his work cut out for him. Just as the guests are arriving for Dray Duncan’s annual Barn Party Barbeque, the lifeless body of the host is found in the bunkhouse.

Sheriff Remington

Sheriff Remington

“Things look mighty confusin’ and sumthin’ don’t add up,” mutters Sheriff Remington. Did Dray die from natural causes or could this be a case of homicide at the hoedown? Leave it to Sheriff Remington to find out what really happened.

Death at the Double D Ranch is an interactive dinner theatre presented by the committee for the 35th Annual Blowing Rock Hospital Benefit and Luncheon. This entertaining investigation takes place at Tweetsie Railroad on June 28th at 6:30 pm. All proceeds will benefit the new medical facility being developed in the Blowing Rock community. Tickets are $90.00 per person and include dinner, drinks, and the show. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Megan Lynch Ellis at 828-262-9564 or mellis@apprhs.org.

Act now! Do not miss this exciting evening. The tickets are going quickly.

To learn more about Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation, visit www.apprhs.org/foundation.

Death at the Double D Ranch at Tweetsie Railroad

If you love the game of Clue, find mysteries intriguing, or simply enjoy the wild west of North Carolina, this is an event you just cannot miss. The Blowing Rock Hospital Benefit committee will present Death at the Double D Ranch on Thursday, June 28, 2012, 6:30 pm, at Tweetsie Railroad.

The Cast for Murder at the Double D RanchThe evening begins as local ranch owner Dray Duncan’s guests arrive for his annual Barn Party Barbeque. Unfortunately, Dray Duncan is found murdered, and the murderer is one of his guests. Sheriff Remington, played by John Alley, is charged with solving the murder. The suspects include: Phoebe Duncan, aka Rosanne Peacock; Dusty Trails, aka Sid Greene; Chief Redfeather, aka John Winkler; Poccamahinee, aka Michele Novacek; Sum Ting, aka Alex Hallmark; Lucy Lipps, aka Lianne Mattar; Ace Holdem, aka John Stacy; Jenny Jenkins, aka Marsha Fletcher; Poncho Sanchez, aka Chase Luddeke; and Purdy Filly, aka Shelia Deal. Each has a reason to murder Dray Duncan.

With each dinner course new evidence is revealed and by the time dessert is served, the audience will become guest detectives helping Sheriff Remington solve the mystery. “At the end of the evening the audience must decide why the murder was committed and who did this dastardly deed,” says dinner theatre Director Trimella Chaney. The table determining the correct murderer and the reason for the murder will win a spectacular prize donated by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Ridge Mountain Club. The winners will saddle up for an evening of “Beach Music on the Blue Ridge.”

Death at the Double D Ranch will provide a lively, fun, and entertaining evening as well as a unique experience beginning with a social hour featuring music by Dusty Trails, a delicious dinner catered by Gadabouts Catering, and beverages including frosty brews donated by the Boone Brewing Company.

All proceeds will benefit the new medical facility being developed in the Blowing Rock community. Tickets are $90.00 per person and include dinner, drinks, and the show. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Megan Lynch Ellis at 828-262-9564 or mellis@apprhs.org. Act now! Do not miss this exciting evening. The tickets are going quickly.

To learn more about Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation, visit www.apprhs.org/foundation.

 

ARHS Announced Administrative Structure Changes

Richard Sparks, President & CEO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) has announced administrative structure changes for the healthcare system, effective April 1, 2012.

Sparks named Mr. Chuck Mantooth as President of Watauga Medical Center in Boone. In addition to this new responsibility, Mr. Mantooth will remain President of Appalachian Regional Medical Associates (ARMA), ARHS’ physician practice management division, and CEO of Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital in Linville.

This change aligns Watauga Medical Center, Cannon Memorial Hospital and ARMA under a new division known as “Hospital and Physician Group”. According to Sparks, “The alignment of these three entities is critical for a successful implementation of the upcoming 2013-15 ARHS Strategic Plan”.

Mantooth has served the healthcare system for over 20 years in a variety of roles, most recently as President of ARMA and President and CEO of Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital in Linville. While Mantooth will retain the role of CEO of Cannon Memorial Hospital, he will welcome Avery County native Carmen Lacey, MSN, RN, in as President of Cannon Memorial Hospital. Ms. Lacey has worked in healthcare in Avery County for over 25 years. Her first role was as a staff nurse at Sloop Memorial Hospital and she has filled various leadership roles at Cannon Memorial Hospital over the years, most recently serving as Director of Patient Care Services.

Additional changes to the administrative structure include Tim Ford, President & CEO of Blowing Rock Hospital taking on additional duties as Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, which will focus on Government Relations, Legal Services, Corporate Compliance and Planning.

Claire Cline, MPH, RN, Senior Vice President Patient Care Services, who manages the majority of inpatient services for ARHS, will take on additional duties of management of the ARHS Pharmacy. Kim Bianca, MSN, RN, Senior Vice President of Clinical & Outpatient Service Lines will enhance her management of ARHS service lines by adding Lab and Imaging to her division.

“These organizational changes will better position ARHS’ Senior Leadership Team to address current issues and move the healthcare system into the future,” Sparks went on to state.

 

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