About Us

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS), the leader for healthcare in the High Country, is comprised of two hospitals, thirteen medical practices, and a rehabilitation facility with a skilled nursing care wing. Appalachian Regional Healthcare System stays committed to promoting health in the High Country, enhancing quality of life and simply “making life better.


To support the provision of high quality, compassionate healthcare for the mountain region of northwest North Carolina, northeast Tennessee with a spirit of teamwork based on a set of operating values.


Build a regional healthcare system that results in healthier individuals and enhanced quality of life.


Compassion, Integrity, Excellence

News and Updates

Healthy Heart Collaborative trains 1,000 in bystander CPR

As cardiovascular health is highlighted through the month of February, the very first “Healthy Heart Collaborative” came together with a goal to reach as many people as possible in bystander CPR/AED training. The group also aimed to educate the community about the cardiovascular services and…

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3 ways to warm up the Winter Blues

Endless grey skies, drizzle to snow mixtures, and wind so gusty you see it coming before it hits you paints a not-so-colorful stretch of winter weather typically found in the High Country. Days of dark, dreary weather have been known to make some folks come down with the winter blues or its…

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A nurse’s heart finds new purpose at The Cardiology Center

Do you know what your purpose is in life? For most of us, purpose is loosely defined as our reason to get up in the morning and our motivation to make a difference in the world. But what if something bad happens, can your purpose in life change or be stripped away? After she survived a…

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Healthcare facilities limit visitors due to increase in flu cases

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is limiting visitation at Watauga Medical Center, Cannon Memorial Hospital and The Foley Center as a result of the continued increase in flu and influenza-like illnesses. Visitors must: Be 18 years or older Be healthy and not have the flu or influenza-like…

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Celebrate Heart Health With AppState Basketball February 17th

  Join The Cardiology Center, Omar Carter Foundation, Beaver College of Health Sciences, and other partners as we work together to educate the High Country on CPR and AED training and awareness. Learn more about the Healthy Heart Collaborative and view other events at Appalachian Today….

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Two lovebirds and a knee replacement

Remember puppy love? For most couples, that fairy tale feeling is unintentionally lost somewhere between bills to pay and diapers to change. As a society, we acknowledge this marital transition as the norm, but should it be? After 18 years of marriage and a recent knee replacement surgery, Roy…

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Awards & Recognition

Joint Commission Gold Seal            Patient Centered Medical Home    American-Hospital-Association-logo

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