The Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation invites interested contributors to join us in helping advance healthcare in the High Country. The generous gifts of our donors bring caring and hope into the lives of thousands of families each year in the high country.
Without the financial support of our donors, we could not have built improved facilities, enhanced patient care services, acquired advanced medical technology and retained the excellent caregivers that we have at Cannon Memorial Hospital and Watauga Medical Center. The Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation truly understands the invaluable gifts our donors provide, and see it has an honor to recognize them in any and every way possible.
Pinnacle describes those individuals who understand the importance of having access to superior healthcare and who illustrate the true spirit of philanthropy through their leadership gifts.
Members may elect to make their gifts unrestricted, allowing their philanthropic support to be used where the need is greatest. Or, they may designate that their support be restricted for use by a specific Appalachian Regional Healthcare System hospital or program for which they have a special affinity.
As the cumulative gifts of Pinnacles rise above $10,000, other levels of membership are recognized. The Foundation’s highest honor, the Summit recognizes individuals whose cumulative giving has reached 1,000,000 or more.
The Pinnacle Society gratefully acknowledges members who have made a commitment to the Foundation of $10,000 or more, payable over 10 years or less. The Pinnacle Society Recognition Dinner is held annually to welcome new members and to report on the achievements made possible by their generosity.
We appreciate each and every gift and are grateful for the support of all of our donors who give annually, frequently, or make a one-time donation to the Foundation. We look forward to your participation as a partner in the Pinnacle Society.
- Summit: $1,000,000 +
- Apex: $500,000 – $999,999
- Peak: $250,000 – $499,999
- Ridge: $100,000 – $249,999
- Cliff: $25,000 – $99,999
- Range: $10,000 – $24,999
For more information, call (828) 262-4391.
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.
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.
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.Donate
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.