The flu virus is considered "widespread" in North Carolina according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The NC region which includes the High Country has the third-highest flu rate in the state. It is important to know how you can assist in stopping the transmission of illnesses like flu and stomach viruses. 


Dear High Country Community,

On Friday, January 27, 2017, I assumed the role of President and CEO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. First, let me say that I am greatly appreciative -- and at the same time humbled -- by the opportunity to serve you and our community. I also want to thank our Board of Trustees, who have entrusted me, with what I know is truly a great responsibility.

On a cold Wednesday, January 4th, Blowing Rock Rehabilitation and Davant Extended Care Center (BRR DECC) patients moved into their new home in the Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge.

Have you ever wished that you could click your heels together three times and say ‘There is no place like home’ and be there? The Wizard of Oz was more than a Judy Garland movie for Yvonne Mack; it was an annual family vacation to The Land of Oz amusement park high atop Beech Mountain, NC.


It’s flu season, and we want to do everything we can to keep our patients safe from infection. While we encourage all ARHS employees to receive the influenza vaccine, some cannot for various reasons.  To ensure that our patients are protected, the members of our staff who cannot get the flu vaccine will be wearing masks while at work. Please do not be alarmed.