Blowing Rock Hospital to transition to post-acute care center
As part of a long-term strategy, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System has announced the transition of Blowing Rock Hospital from a critical access hospital to a post-acute care and rehabilitation center.
Effective Oct. 1, Blowing Rock Hospital will become Blowing Rock Rehabilitation & Davant Extended Care Center.
Rehabilitation patients and long-term care residents will continue to receive the highest quality of care, ARHS officials said.
The transition will require the discontinuation of the Blowing Rock Emergency Department and acute care services of the facility.
The change is part of the journey toward the rehabilitation and post-acute care model outlined for the new facility, Chestnut Ridge at Blowing Rock, officials said.
For area residents and visitors in need of emergency, surgical or acute care, Watauga Medical Center is available, less than seven miles away, in Boone.
Construction on Chestnut Ridge will begin in the spring of 2014, with an anticipated completion date of late summer 2015. It will be located on a 68-acre tract in Blowing Rock. For more information about Chestnut Ridge, visit http://www.chestnutridgeblowingrock.org.
Blowing Rock Medical Clinic, the practice of Dr. Charles Davant III and Dr. John Davis, will maintain the same level of service and continue to care for patients 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Blowing Rock Medical Clinic is adjacent to the Blowing Rock Rehabilitation & Davant Extended Care Center at 418 Chestnut Drive in Blowing Rock.
For more information about Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, visit http://www.apprhs.org.