Watauga Medical Center has been named a finalist for the 2017 QUEST Award for High-value Healthcare from Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, for providing outstanding patient care.

Only 21 hospitals received finalist recognition for achieving top performance in any five of the six areas measured in Premier'sQUEST collaborative, including cost and efficiency, evidence-based care, mortality, safety, patient and family engagement and appropriate hospital use.

Pictured above: Vickie Fuller, Angela Wilson, Pat Parks.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s 13th Annual Pretty in Pink event was held on June 16, 2017 at Linville Ridge Country Club. Nearly 200 women from the surrounding areas gathered for a luncheon and fashion show in support of providing free, first-time mammograms to uninsured women in Avery County. These funds directly impact the lives of women living in Avery County to help aid early breast cancer detection.

Have you ever wondered why bad things happen to good people? Or, for that matter, marveled at how “good” people respond in times of crisis? Much can be learned from those who choose to rephrase the question above to why not me? Shirley Ellison, 60, of Deep Gap, NC, is one of those good people and her story will inspire you to see every new trial as an opportunity.

Ellison grew up in a farm house that her father built in Sugar Grove, NC. As a child, she attended Bethel Elementary School with her four siblings while her parents worked diligently to keep food on the table.

The Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation is pleased to present the 40th Annual Blowing Rock Fashion Show, which will be held on July 21, 2017 at the Blowing Rock Country Club. The Blowing Rock Fashion Show is lively, exciting, and it supports an excellent cause. 

Tickets may be purchased for $75.00, and the proceeds from this year’s fashion show will support healthcare in the High Country.

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.