Tate Clinic

Sloop Medical Office Plaza, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System

Sloop Medical Office Plaza
436 Hospital Drive, Suite 200
Linville, NC 28646
Phone: (828) 737-7917
Fax: (828) 737-6869

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In 1910, Dr. W. C. Tate agreed to come to Banner Elk to practice “for a little while.” He subsequently “fell in love with the mountain people” forming the foundation of a doctor-patient relationship which has spanned over 100 years and three generations of physicians.

The ensuing 102 years witnessed many marvelous improvements in medicine, surgery and patient care. New technologies, better treatments and several new hospitals have allowed physicians to provide increasingly sophisticated care to the people of our mountain communities. However, not every change in medicine - more importantly the business of medicine - has been advantageous to rural communities and their doctors.

Increasingly, equipment suppliers, insurance providers, laboratories and even government agencies have forced doctors’ offices to endure skyrocketing costs, while consistently cutting payments for services

Smaller physician practices have been forced to seek business alliances to help ensure their survival. Ideally, a medical practice can identify a partner with a strong business position and a similar commitment to their patients.

Fortunately, the Tate Clinic has a century old alliance to rely upon. Dr. W. C. Tate was instrumental in the founding of Grace Hospital in Banner Elk. During the evolutions in medical care that have ultimately resulted , the Tate Clinic has worked closely with Cannon Memorial Hospital and the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System· to ensure continued access to quality surgical care for the “mountain people” the Tate physicians and their colleagues have committed to serve.

The Tate Clinic has always provided integrated surgical care with the hospital. It is difficult for many patients to conceptually separate the two entities. Therefore it seems that the union of the Tate Clinic and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is a natural evolutionary step to guarantee continued access to quality surgical care in Avery County. Appalachian Regional Healthcare System will be able to provide the Tate Clinic with a strong position to negotiate contracts, distribute overhead costs, and acquire new technologies. On April 2, 2012, the Tate Clinic will officially become part of Appalachian Regional Medical Associates, the practice management group of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. The Tate Clinic remains committed to caring for our patients. We pledge to work diligently to maintain access to quality care and surgical services. We look forward to continuing to serve “the mountain people” - whether you have been here for generations, just joined our community or are simply enjoying a respite from some other community. Our commitment to our patients will never change.

Surgical Procedures performed by Dr. Haizlip and Dr. Tate

  • Most abdominal surgery
  • Cholecystectomy, laparoscopic or open procedure
  • Inguinal, Umbilical and Incisional hernia repairs
  • Colonoscopy in hospital and screening colonoscopy in the office
  • EGD (endoscopy) to evaluate the stomach and esophagus
  • Colon surgery including surgery for colon cancer and laparoscopic assisted colon surgery
  • Breast surgery including benign and malignant disease
  • Thyroid surgery for benign and malignant disease
  • Parathyroid surgery for high calcium
  • Some Gynecological surgery including Hysterectomy and Sterilization procedures
  • Carpal Tunnel surgery
  • Care of complicated wounds
  • Trauma Care
  • Skin cancer evaluation


William C. Tate, II, MD

Dr. William C. Tate, II, a board certified general surgeon, received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He completed his residency in general surgery at the Medical College of Georgia Hospitals.· Dr. Tate has operated his general surgery private practice since 1977.

Thomas M. Haizlip, Jr., MD

Dr. Thomas M. Haizlip, Jr., received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.· Dr. Haizlip is board certified in general surgery and has been part of the Tate Clinic since 1998.· Dr. Haizlip is currently serving as the Chief of Staff at Cannon Memorial Hospital.