Watauga Medical Center Construction Update
Beginning March 3, the Emergency Department (ED) waiting room will be relocated to the Watauga Medical Center (WMC) lobby. Patients will enter the hospital using the main entrance, and go to Emergency & Outpatient registration ahead on the right.
- ED patients should register at Patient Bay 1 and wait in the main lobby until placed in an ED room. Due to limited space, ED visitors will wait in their car and will be called when their patient is in a room.
- Outpatients will enter using the main entrance and register at Patient Bays 2 and 3.
COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions are in place and masks are still required. Learn more >
Quality care close to home!
Watauga Medical Center is a 117-bed regional referral medical complex, offering both primary and secondary acute and specialty care. Watauga Medical Center also includes many outpatient clinics and a diagnostics center.
- Watauga Medical Center has certification by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center since 2011. The hospital was recognized by the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines® program and awarded the Silver Plus and Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll designations for 2019.
- The Cancer Center is recognized as an approved Community Cancer Care Center by the American College of Surgeon’s Committee on Cancer.
- Watauga Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Chest Pain Certification since 2018.
Patient Forms & Documents
Hospital Imaging Patient Preparations
- CT Patient Prep Information
- Fluroscopy Patient Prep Information
- Imaging Patient Prep Book
- MRI Patient Prep Information
- Nuclear Medicine Patient Prep Information
- PET Patient Prep Information
- Hospital Imaging Requests
- OPIC Imaging Requests
- CT Lung Screening Referral Form
- Request For Cardiovascular Diagnostic Ultrasound Services
If you are experiencing a true medical emergency, please call 911.
Our team of emergency-trained medical staff are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. provide emergency medical care for life-threatening illness and injuries. For non-life-threatening illness or injury during business hours, consider same-day appointments or walk-in care.
When you arrive, you will complete your registration, then a triage nurse will ask you questions to determine the severity of your condition. Patients are treated as quickly as possible, with priority given to patients with the most severe injuries or illnesses.
Even though surgery is not fun, the staff at Watauga Medical Center have been amazing. Not only are they efficient and know what they are doing, they are kind and have the best “bedside manners.” We know that even when we go home, we have a support system that will help us when needed. We certainly will recommend this hospital to our friends and family!
I was admitted to Watauga Medical Center the evening of Christmas Eve, 2020, for Covid-related breathing difficulties. I am extremely grateful for the professional and personal attention I received over the next 5 days. The staff knew exactly what I needed, putting that protocol into place immediately. I quickly learned how well the nursing staff is trained to respond to the demands of Covid treatment, reassuring me and relieving my concerns. The nursing staff was upbeat and encouraging, getting me well enough to be discharged 5 days later. I’m beyond grateful for all the staff I encountered during my stay at WMC. Many thanks to all!
My husband and I cannot say enough about the positive experience we had at the Birthing Center during the recent delivery of our little girl. We received top-notch care from everyone we came into contact with. They were caring, kind and very dedicated. We could tell that everyone was there for their patients and went above and beyond to make sure we all received quality care.
When you arrive at one of our Emergency Rooms, you will be asked for some basic information to complete your registration. A triage nurse will ask you questions to determine the severity of your condition. Patients are treated as quickly as possible, with priority given to patients with the most severe injuries or illnesses. Read More: When You Arrive at the Emergency Department
The Wake Forest Baptist Telestroke Network serves in approximately 24 counties in western North Carolina and southern Virginia. Its goal is to assist community hospitals in their efforts to prevent death and reduce disability caused by strokes. Read More: Telestroke Technology Available at ARHS
If you would like to speak to someone about our services, please let us know!
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