Over the past couple of decades, the High Country has become one of the major health care centers of western North Carolina. Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) is the umbrella network for the Charles A. Cannon Memorial Hospital in Newland, Watauga Medical Center in Boone, and the Blowing Rock Hospital.
ARHS will break ground this summer on the new Appalachian Place at Chestnut Ridge, a 112-bed facility specializing in post-acute rehabilitative care, skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s disease and memory support care and palliative care. Set to open in the fall of 2015, Appalachian Place at Chestnut Ridge will replace Blowing Rock Hospital and will be located near the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Appalachian State University has developed a nursing program in the past decade and works closely with all of the ARHS facilities, providing nurses in training to assist the trained professionals in the care of patients.
ARHS’ Seby Jones Regional Cancer Center has been providing radiology, diagnosis, healing and chemotherapy services to patients in the High Country since 1993.
For nearly 75 years, Ashe Memorial Hospital in Jefferson has been offering a full array of services including emergency room, birthing center, urgent care clinic, prenatal care, advanced surgical procedures and wellness services.
The High Country is also home to many acupuncturists, massage clinics, dermatology centers, fitness centers, day spas, and hospice services.