Can you remember the last time you were sick and unable to schedule an appointment at your doctor's office? All too often, patients in need of non-life threatening medical attention end up in the emergency room. These patients are then treated in an emergency care setting when they could be treated more appropriately within their medical practice.

"This unfortunate and avoidable scenario takes place too frequently in healthcare," said Robert Johnston, Vice President of Ambulatory Services and Clinical Integration at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS). "In response to patient feedback and discussions with patients in the community, we are working diligently to provide same-day patient access at select outpatient practice locations."
ARHS has implemented same-day access for patients at The Cardiology Center in Boone, NC; Baker Center for Primary Care in Linville, NC; and Appalachian Regional Internal Medical Specialists in Boone, NC. "Patient access is a vital component of patient care, outcomes and patient satisfaction," said Johnston. "We hope that these changes will help better serve patients when they need access to care."

The Cardiology Center

Directions & Information

The Cardiology Center offers same-day appointments for new and established patients who present with cardiac symptoms.
Cardiovascular services at ARHS also include state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, a catheterization lab, rehabilitation services and two satellite offices in Jefferson, NC, and Linville, NC. 

Baker Center for Primary Care

Directions & Information

Baker Center offers walk-in acute care (sick or injured) visits for new and established patients as a part of their walk-in clinic Monday through Friday from 8 am - 6 pm. Visits are first come, first served. 

Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists (ARIMS)

Directions & Information

Established patients at ARIMS have access to a family medicine provider for same-day acute care (sick or injured) appointments.
ARIMS is a multi-specialty practice featuring internal medicine, family medicine, rheumatology, pulmonology and women's health services. 

Appalachian Regional Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine (AppOrtho)

Directions & Information

COMING SOON. AppOrtho will offer same-day appointments for new and established patients by September 2017. AppOrtho, located in Boone, NC, is the official sports medicine provider for Appalachian State University athletics.

AppUrgent Care Center

(828) 265-5505
Directions & Information

As always, AppUrgent Care Center provides convenient, walk-in care to all patients with non-life threatening illness or injury such as sore throats, strains, sprains, fever, flu and more.

Did you know that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States? According to the American Cancer Society, more than 220,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017.

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells form in the lungs and grow out of control. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, eight out of 10 lung cancer cases in the United States are caused by smoking. Additionally, nine out of 10 people die from the disease because it is diagnosed too late.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (NCDHHS) has selected Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital (Cannon Hospital) in Avery County, North Carolina to receive a $6.5 million grant award, to expand the availability of behavioral health beds in the western region of North Carolina.


Donate a BearFew 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 awoke last December to find a teddy bear nestled beside her in the recovery room. This unexpected companion surprised and encouraged both Lula and her mother Natalie, a Registered Nurse in Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s (ARHS) Anesthesia Department.

June 16, 2017
11:30 a.m.
Linville Ridge Country Club
Linville, NC