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A letter from our new CEO, Chuck Mantooth

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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.

Command centers at both locations were in constant communication as each patient made the transition from the old facility to the new one. Foley Center staff members, who had been planning the move for the past 18 months, were also in contact with the patients’ families to keep them updated on the status of their loved ones. Each patient who came through the door was greeted by smiles and encouragement from Foley Center Administrator Nathan White and others. 

Nathan White welcomes resident Lennis Moody

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) employees from other facilities and departments joined in to help in a variety of capacities. They welcomed patients to the new facility, carried boxes, prepared warming blankets for patients, called family members, and generally helped wherever they were needed. Despite the wind and cold, something high country residents are familiar with, the move went extremely smoothly. ARHS worked with CJ Medical Transportation to safely move patients, and the system is also grateful to Watauga Medics for their assistance. 

The Foley Center was already fully equipped with new medical equipment, furniture, beds, wheelchairs, and televisions. The furniture and beds at the previous facility will be donated to several organizations, including local community colleges that have nursing programs.

Pictured right: Foley Center Administrator Nathan White greets Lennis Wilson, one of the first patients to arrive at The Foley Center. View more photos on our Facebook page

Building a Continuum of Care in the High Country

The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge is a state-of-the-art post-acute care center located on a 68 acre tract of land alongside US 321 in Blowing Rock, NC. The facility enhances the region’s access to short- and long-term post-acute care for medical services. Designed with the patient in mind, the 112-bed healthcare facility will serve as a cost-saving alternative for patients healthy enough to be discharged from the hospital (post-acute), but not quite ready to safely return home. Residents and patients will benefit from on-site physicians, short and long-term care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation services, memory support, assisted living and palliative care. In addition, the Chestnut Ridge campus is home to the Harriet and Charles Davant, Jr., Medical Clinic and Boone Drug’s Village Pharmacy.

The Foley Center functions less like a hospital and more like a modern patient-centered neighborhood. Private and semi-private bedrooms, a rehabilitation gym, community dining areas and six living roomseach equipped with breathtaking mountain views are just a few of the amenities residents can expect.

"The dedication and support of this community has been incredible. We are so thankful for the opportunity to continue our tradition of providing compassionate, quality patient care for the residents of the High Country through the new Blowing Rock Facility," stated Rob Hudspeth, Senior Vice President for System Advancement. Major funding of this new facility was generously provided by the Foley family and other private donors.