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Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Blog
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
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
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
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) will welcome the inaugural class of medical residents to the new Boone Rural Family Medicine Residency Program in June. Read More: ARHS announces inaugural class of medical residents
On Thursday March 27, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) announced a new supplemental pay program, called COVID Days Off (CDO) to assist full time and part time employees whose hours have been reduced due to the COVID-19 crisis. Read More: ARHS takes care of employees with CDO supplemental pay
The COVID-19 pandemic creates new challenges daily for ARHS and for our patients. The most important thing the community can do to slow the spread of the virus is to stay home as much as possible. Read More: How can the community help?
On Monday March 23, 2020, Blue Ridge Energy donated hundreds of N95 masks to ARHS in an effort to help ARHS protect its caregivers. Read More: Blue ridge energy donates N95 masks to ARHS
Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm, visitors will not be allowed at any of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s facilities in order to help protect our patients, family members and health care workers from the spread of COVID-19. Read More: Visitors are no longer allowed at local hospitals to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Based on recommendations issued by the NC Department of Health & Human Services, most people do not need testing for COVID‐19. If you are sick and unsure if you should get tested, please call your healthcare provider. Read More: What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms
We have set up a patient mailbox at the entrance of each Watauga Medical Center and Cannon Memorial Hospital so that you or your children may drop off a note of encouragement that will be hand delivered to your favorite patient. Read More: Send messages to hospital patients during visit restrictions
Upon hearing that local teacher Shannon Perdue needed a kidney transplant, Audra Wiseman began considering being a donor. After testing and research, Audra was fully convinced that donating her kidney to Shannon Perdue was something she wanted to do. Read More: Cannon Memorial Hospital nurse donates kidney to save a teacher’s life