A new 48-bed tower for Watauga Medical Center will provide attractive, spacious patient rooms that can accommodate the high-tech mobile medical equipment which is the norm in today’s care delivery model. The new tower building will also incorporate a state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit and high-tech surgical suites.
The Higher Elevation Campaign will provide $8 million of enhancement after the $65 million construction cost for this project to fund premier and interconnected amenities.
When it comes to treatment for a cardiac event, timing is everything. Opened in July 2020, our 24/7 cardiac catheterization lab gives patients life-saving treatment whenever they need it and allows them and their loved ones to remain close to home rather than be transported “down the mountain.”
The Higher Elevation Campaign will provide $1.5 million of the $3.5 million total cost to fund enhancements to the Heart and Vascular Center.
Recognizing the relationship between physical fitness training and healthcare for joints and bones, ARHS is relocating our acclaimed orthopaedic programs to the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center. Orthopaedic physicians will now collaborate with physical therapy and wellness staff to provide access to specialized pre-surgical training and post-surgical physical therapy that will significantly reduce recovery times for patients.
The Higher Elevation Campaign will provide $1.5 million of the $3.5 million total cost to fund programmatic restructuring.
For rural communities, physician recruitment and retention is a constant challenge. In partnership with Mountain Area Health Education Center and UNC School of Medicine, Watauga Medical Center has launched the MAHEC Boone Family Medicine Residency Program. Welcoming four residents in 2020 and four more in 2021, ARHS will benefit from this pipeline of medical providers year after year.
The Higher Elevation Campaign will provide $1 million to support this residency program as well as incentive programs that encourage physicians to launch primary care practices across Western North Carolina.
The economic realities of healthcare are increasingly complex and often frustrating, so the importance of our nonprofit mission cannot be overstated. Appalachian Regional Healthcare System has created a first-rate health and wellness network for people in this and surrounding communities with a 100% focus on service, not profit. That means our benchmarks for success are based solely on patient outcomes and community well-being, not profit.
While we function as a nonprofit, ARHS is an economic cornerstone in the community. As the 2nd largest employer in the High Country, we are a critical provider of jobs for local residents in addition to high quality healthcare that serves our region while giving seasonal residents the confidence to live here, too.
“For years, ARHS has successfully worked around limitations in space and declining buildings that have kept us from achieving our full potential. It’s time we invest in people, systems, and facilities. This will expand our opportunities and position us for the future.”
CEO, Appalachian Regional Health System
Through improvements in how, where, and when we provide care, our promise is to improve the overall patient and visitor experience throughout our system.
This project will centralize ARHS diagnostic services, to include Imaging, Laboratory and Pathology. Areas such as Breast Imaging, Computed Tomography (CT), and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are all being upgraded to state of the art services to better provide fast, precise images and results back to you.
With our ability to perform cardiac catheterizations at any moment on any day of the week, patients experiencing urgent heart-care events can now be treated 24/7 onsite rather than needing to be transported to another facility, saving precious time.
Larger patient rooms accessed by dedicated hallways and elevators will ensure patient privacy, comfort, and dignity while allowing staff to safely navigate modern mobile technologies and deliver care that is high quality and compassionate.
To build a strong pipeline of top medical providers committed to the High Country, we are investing in the future through a residency program focused on recruiting and retaining primary care physicians who are interested in practicing family medicine in a rural setting.
New surgical suites with the most advanced technologies, including humidity monitoring and anti-vibration floors, means patients will have access to the highest quality care, including less invasive procedures, faster recovery times, and reduced chance of infection.
“Our service area covers some of the highest and most stunning territory in North Carolina and Tennessee, so every day we are inspired by an awesome natural world that shapes what we value: strength, dependability, and excellence. That’s exactly why we are investing today in essential upgrades for tomorrow.”
President, Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation
Janet Cone, who once served ARHS as an intern, is an integral part of our Foundation Board and Capital Campaign. “The hospital took a chance on me right out of college and my social work career really helped me with different aspects of my life. It is my turn to give back, if and where I can,” Cone said.Read story
Healthcare is forever changing to meet a forever changing world. But around here, our values stay steady and true. A historic investment by Appalachian Regional Health System combined with $12 million in visionary philanthropy will let us transform how, where, and when we provide premier healthcare as we transform our community hospital and give all who come here the peace of mind they deserve.
Contact us today to make your gift to the campaign.