336 Deerfield Road
Boone, NC 28607
Open 24 hours
Quality care close to home!
Watauga Medical Center is licensed as a 117-bed regional referral medical complex, offering both primary and secondary acute and specialty care. In 2018, 624 babies were delivered at Watauga Medical Center, and we received about 29,300 emergency room visits.
- Watauga Medical Center received certification by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center in 2011.
- 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 earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Chest Pain Certification in 2018.
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The flu season began October 1 and runs through May. As a visitor to our facilities, you play an important part in preserving the health and safety of patients. The following precautions can protect our patients, as well as visitors, from the spread of infection. Clean your hands before…read more
Sometimes it’s hard to know whether your illness or injury requires the emergency department or urgent care. This decision-making graphic should help you decide. Read More: ER or Urgent Care: Which should you choose?read more
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…read more
The American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) serves health care providers as well as people from the community by providing training in basic and advanced life support. Read More: American Heart Association (AHA) Training Centerread more
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 ARHSread more
Watauga Medical Center Patient Stories
Tony Weaver, an adventure loving Ashe County resident, knows firsthand the danger of taking life for granted. After experiencing chest pains, he made an appointment at The Cardiology Center in Boone, NC, part of Watauga Medical Center (WMC). It was there, during his appointment, that he went into cardiac arrest and his heart stopped beating for nearly five minutes. When it counted most, his medical team responded with what Tony can only describe as “divine intervention” to save his life. Read More: The Tony Weaver Story: Local man brought back to life after heart stopsread more
By Josh Jarman Have you ever thought about what goes into hospital operations? Oftentimes we spend so much time thinking about doctors, nurses and patients that we tend to overlook those who work behind the scenes to take care of the hospital building itself. Each pipe, ventilation…read more
By Josh Jarman Experience teaches us that few things in life go according to plan. As a result, we are encouraged by our elders to hope for the best and to prepare for the worst. After successfully navigating through an early-life tragedy, Joe Thompson has learned to embrace change with…read more
By Josh Jarman 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 awoke last December to find a teddy bear nestled beside her in the recovery room. This unexpected companion surprised…read more
Albert Einstein said, “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Laura’s story Laura can still remember the day her parents informed her they would be moving out of the country to pursue a missionary life. At…read more
By Josh Jarman For most men, few things in life are considered more valuable than their car, especially if their car is an old Ford Model T. Floridian Graham Haile’s appreciation for the Tin Lizzie took root a couple of years ago when his son-in-law invited him over to help tinker on his 1913…read more
I had to bring my 4-week-old son in this morning for some scans in radiology. He had to fast for four hours beforehand so I was pacing the halls to soothe him. Three employees asked if I needed help and a fourth asked if she could get me anything. All of that within 15 minutes of walking. Then radiology got us back almost 30 minutes early. And everyone from check-in to these scans has been so warm, friendly, and professional. We’re still here, but they’ve made me feel at ease and that they personally care.
We went today with my husband in a lot of pain. He had a pilonidal cyst. Dr. Felix was amazing and went out of his way to give us the best care. He could have sent us on our way with antibiotics but instead he came back and did an ultrasound and decided to lance the cyst out. And come to find out antibiotics wouldn’t have helped it was so bad. So if Dr. Felix wouldn’t have had a second thought and act on it, my husband would still be hurting.
I’ve been here in the birthing center for 2 days now (I’m 38 weeks pregnant) with a strong infection, and I’ve never had a better experience in a hospital. Dr. Andrews is the best doctor there is, and every staff member down to the cafeteria staff is absolutely fantastic. I couldn’t ask for a better experience and I will be glad to have my child here.