News & Stories
The Stroke Center of Watauga Medical Center was recently recognized by the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines® program and awarded the Silver Plus and Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll quality designations for 2019. Read More: BE FAST isn’t just a saying for Watauga Medical Center’s nationally recognized stroke program
Dr. William Cummings Tate II, “Bill,” began practicing alongside his father Lawson in 1977, and in his own more than forty years of treating the people of Avery County, he has devoted himself to providing more than medical care, as he has worked to make Avery County a better place. Read More: Dr. Bill Tate: A Legacy of Compassion and Care
Your health is as important as ever. Outpatient services and diagnostic testing services are OPEN with regular hours and schedules. We have always taken a compassionate and safe approach to your care, and we continue to do that throughout the COVID-19 pandemic response. Read More: Don’t neglect your health: ARHS is open with COVID-safe care
On Tuesday, April 28, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) began requiring masks for all who enter an ARHS facility. This new requirement applies to all employees, even those in non-clinical areas, patients and vendors. Additionally, in those rare instances where visitors may be allowed inside an ARHS facility, they too will be required to wear a face mask. Read More: Face masks required for all inside ARHS facilities
Although things are a bit different this year due to the restrictions of COVID-19, we would still like to shine a light on the people who so freely serve, recognizing and thanking volunteers who lend their time, voice, and passion to make a difference in their communities. Read More: Appalachian Regional Healthcare System recognizes National Volunteer Week April 19-25.
After Audra Wiseman’s kidney donation surgery, which would save the life of a 47-year-old Avery High School teacher, Shannon Perdue, both are recovering. Read their account of the experience. Read More: Local Nurse Recovering Well After Kidney Donation
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) has launched a new telehealth program to ensure patients have safe, convenient access to their providers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Read More: ARHS expands access to care through new telehealth program
On Wednesday April 8, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) was notified by AppHealthCare (the health department) that an ARHS employee who had recently traveled has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee did not provide direct patient care, has been in quarantine and is recovering at home. Read More: Healthcare System Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
AppHealthCare and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) are following the guidance for use of cloth masks or face coverings by the general public as issued by the recommendations recently issued by the CDC. Read More: Guidance for use of cloth masks and face coverings
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) is seeking donations of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
“Our normal suppliers are not able to keep up with the demand and have cancelled the orders we placed previously,” said Rob Hudspeth, Sr. Vice President for ARHS. Read More: Seeking donations of hand sanitizer