Internet Explorer no longer supports some features of our website. For best results, use Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
Impact Women’s Health

Impact Women’s Health

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) pursues the best possible care for women here in the High Country. Harmony Center for Women and the Wilma Redmond Breast Center both provide top-of-the-line services for women in all stages of life.

Wilma Redmond Fund

The Wilma Redmond Mammography Fund is dedicated to the memory of Wilma Redmond who for more than twenty years managed Watauga Medical Center’s Imaging Department and fought courageously to overcome her own breast cancer. When she died in 2002, a fund was established by Watauga Medical Center Foundation for contributions received by her family and friends.

The Fund provides free mammograms for uninsured women thirty-five years and older who have never had a mammogram. The goal of the program is to have all women undergo annual mammograms for early detection and diagnosis so that the proper timely treatment of breast cancer can take place.

Wilma Redmond Breast Center

This center allow patients to stay in one facility for diagnostic procedures, and significantly reduces diagnostic time.

Support Watauga Medical Center

Support Watauga Medical Center

Watauga Medical Watauga Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and licensed as a 117-bed regional medical complex, offering both primary and secondary acute and specialty care. In addition to the main hospital, the campus includes The Cardiology Center of ARHS, The Sleep Center, The Wound Care Center and Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center

Watauga Medical Center – Donors may elect to make their gifts unrestricted, allowing their philanthropic support to be used where the need is greatest.

Provide pet therapy

Provide pet therapy

Knox - PAWS therapy PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness Support) is the therapy dog visitation program at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS). The program offers patients an opportunity to ‘pause’ and forget about their treatment for a few moments while interacting with a registered therapy dog.

Animals provide many therapeutic and health benefits. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, pet therapy can aid in achieving human physical, social, emotional and cognitive function goals. Pet therapy visits typically last a few minutes and can help reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, promote social interaction and provide encouragement and motivation during the treatment and recovery process.

PAWS teams are available to visit patients at ARHS facilities upon request.



Pet Therapy Dog Qualifications

PAWS handlers must successfully complete the process to become an ARHS PAWS volunteer. Once approved, the dog and handler team receive an official (ARHS) Volunteer ID Badge and may begin visiting at an approved ARHS facilities.


  • Dog’s owner must have insurance
  • Current pet health and vaccination record
  • Therapy dog certification documentation
  • Contact information for veterinarian

PAWS dogs must be certified or registered by:

  • Alliance of Therapy Dogs / Therapy Dogs Inc.
  • Therapy Dogs International
  • Therapy Pets Unlimited

To volunteer with the PAWS program, call (828) 737-7538.

Help heal a heart

Help heal a heart

Heart & Vascular Center With over ten different services, six providers, and three different locations in the area, The Heart & Vascular Center at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is committed to providing our patients here in the High Country with the best possible care.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Heart & Vascular Center – Donors may elect to make their gifts unrestricted, allowing their philanthropic support to be used where the need is greatest.



Help patients in crisis

Help patients in crisis

appalachian_health Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is dedicated to serving our patients regardless of ability to pay. The Patient Emergency Fund and Cancer Patient Emergency Fund cares for our patients’ and their families through providing funds for medication, transportation, housing, and other critical needs when they are receiving treatment from ARHS. To help support those receiving care here in our community, please consider contributing to these funds. Your gift makes a difference.



Patient Emergency Fund

The Patient Emergency Fund made available at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System allows the system to truly meet the needs of our patient population. Medication provision for those without insurance, coverage of electricity and kerosene or propane for those who are so ill they cannot return home without support, and grocery cards to allow individuals to have healthy meals available are just a few of the ways this fund is utilized on a regular basis to meet the needs of our residents in a medical crisis.


Cancer Patient Emergency Fund

The Cancer Patient Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center patients for items such as gasoline for transportation to treatments, utility bills, medications and grocery expenses. Originally started and maintained by The Park Foundation, the fund has donated thousands of dollars since its inception in 2007.

Support Cannon Memorial Hospital

Support Cannon Memorial Hospital

Cannon Memorial Hospital Built in 1999, Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed acute care hospital with a 10-bed inpatient behavioral health unit. The full-service emergency department, imaging department, laboratory, outpatient behavioral health, The Rehabilitation Center offering physical and occupational therapies, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation round out the list of services. Conveniently located in Linville, the center point of Avery County, Cannon is accessible to meet the healthcare needs of the community.



Avery Cancer Resource Alliance

The Avery County Cancer Resource Center opened March 5, 2007. Initially located in the dressing area of the radiology department at Cannon Memorial Hospital, the center relocated in July 2009 into an office suite in the Sloop Medical Office Plaza on the Cannon Memorial Hospital campus. The center includes a wig bank, donated by the American Cancer Society, as well as turbans and hats purchased by the Cannon Memorial Hospital Volunteer program. Local volunteers also knit caps for chemo patients.

The Avery County Cancer Resource Center gives Appalachian Regional Healthcare System cancer patients access to:

  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program
  • General Cancer Screenings
  • Reach to Recovery
  • Road to Recovery
  • Look Good Feel Better
  • Wigs/Turbans/Hats
  • Lymphedema Treatments
  • Support Groups
  • Prosthetics


Primary Care

The Baker Center for Primary Care, which opened in the Sloop Medical Plaza in 2013, provides Avery County residents with accessible, compassionate and high quality care for the entire family.


Cannon Memorial Hospital

Donors may elect to make their gifts unrestricted, allowing their philanthropic support to be used where the need is greatest.