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Be a good visitor during flu season

The 2017-18 flu season began October 1 and runs through May, and acccording to The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina has already seen its first two  [ ... ]

Watauga Medical Center earns “A” grade for patient safety in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grad...

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B,  [ ... ]

Take the quiz: are you at risk for type 2 diabetes?

  Click to enlarge this infographic According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of Americans are unaware that they hav [ ... ]

NEW Better Breathers Club

2nd Wednesday of each month 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center
232 Boone Heights Drive Directions

Blood Drive at Watauga Medical Center - Dec 20
Advance Directives

December 20, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Watauga Medical Center Auditorium
336 Deerfield Rd, Boone, NC Directions

4th Annual Lighting of the Tree at Watauga Medical Center

December 14, 2017
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Watauga Medical Center Auditorium Directions

Candy Jones, RN: nurse knits healthcare system and community together
Candy Jones, RN

Few people in life have touched more hearts than Candy Jones, RN, the Community Outreach nurse at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS). Since moving to the High Count [ ... ]

Local 11-year-old starts a beary special program at Watauga Medical Center

  Few things in life can seem scarier than the thought of surgery – especially for an 11-year-old. After her tonsillectomy at Watauga Medical Center, Lula Bovino a [ ... ]

Scholarship helps student and patients breathe easier

Have you ever received a scholarship and wondered what it could mean for your future? Callie Crump, Pulmonary Navigator at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS),  [ ... ]

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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.


Over the last 22 years, I have had the privilege of watching Richard Sparks transform independent rural hospitals and clinics into a comprehensive healthcare system. During this time I have witnessed the effectiveness of great leadership. Richard repeatedly demonstrated our core values of compassion, integrity, and excellence. As I undertake my new role, I pledge to uphold those same leadership qualities to the best of my abilities.

As I make the transition, I also want to thank all of the people in our community who support the provision of healthcare. In walking the halls of our hospitals and outpatient facilities, I am constantly reminded of how fortunate we are to have wonderful physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses, and clinical and administrative staff. These are the people that save and change lives, and I am extremely appreciative of what they do each and every day.

Please know that as we embark upon 2017, I am very excited about the future. Over the coming months, as state and national leaders seek to modify legislation which will impact healthcare, I want to reassure you that Appalachian Regional Healthcare System will remain committed to providing access to compassionate, high quality healthcare for residents and visitors in our community. 


 chuck mantooth