Stories of Hope - Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Foundation

The hospitals and outpatient facilities that make up the innovative team that is Appalachian Regional Healthcare System work together to enhance health care services available in the High Country, while holding on to their values of compassion, integrity and excellence.

Due in large part to the generosity of our donors and the spirit of philanthropy in the High Country, ARHS is able to provide comprehensive care with state-of-the-industry technology and equipment that has changed how healthcare needs are met in our region. We continue to thrive because of your charitable support.

Patient Stories

Cancer Center Stories


Corrie FreemanTeacher battling cancer inspires class to action this Christmas

Corrie Freeman, a fourth grade teacher at Hardin Park Elementary School, taught more than reading and arithmetic to her class this year.

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John AbsherQuilt of Valor presented to veteran at Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center

Before last week, Cathy Smith had never met John "Pete" Absher. She was unaware that he was born and raised in Ashe County, enjoyed bluegrass music or had his own Christmas tree farm. She did not know that that he was a father of two, loved to travel or even that he was approaching his 87th birthday.

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Mary MorganMary Morgan's Story

My husband and I retired and moved to Elk Park in the summer of 2011. We left city life behind and looked forward to slowing down and enjoying the cool weather and beautiful surroundings in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our daughter, Michelle, moved to Boone so we could all be close.

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Cardio Pulmonary Rehabilitation Stories


Jerry MarklandThe New Year looks bright for Jerry Markland

Jerry Markland, 65, has a lot to look forward to in 2014 thanks to the Appalachian Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program (ACRP) in Avery County.

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Dick SloopFather able to walk daughter down the aisle after graduating from Cardiopulmonary Rehab

In life, few memories are more cherished than the ones formed when a father is able walk his daughter down the aisle for marriage. The custom, which symbolizes a lifetime of love, support and blessing between a doting dad and his little girl, makes for an emotional and highly anticipated day. This day seemed to be at hand for Dick Sloop, 66, of Wilkesboro when his daughter Maggie got engaged last fall.

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Joe CarriereJoe Carriere returns to active lifestyle thanks to Cardiopulmonary Rehab

Good teachers are able to teach life lessons not found in textbooks. Their innate ability to listen, discern and encourage others even when faced with adversity is a skill set uniquely their own. This was certainly the case for retired educator Joe Carriere, 63, of Linville, N.C.

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Cardiology Center Stories


Beverly StahlwebCardiology Center Provides Peace of Mind for Beverly Stahl

Beverly Stahl, a Michigan native and a high country resident since 2001 has found peace in the compassionate and continual care provided by The Cardiology Center of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS).

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Scott EggersScott Eggers is Heart Healthy Thanks to The Cardiology Center

Watauga County native, Scott Eggers, is heart healthy thanks to The Cardiology Center of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS).

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Family Medicine Stories


Garcia FamilyFamily gives thanks this season

As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaches, the Garcia family pauses to give thanks for the newest member of their family, four-month-old Sofia Garcia.

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Orthopaedic Stories


Lee RankinHope Restored: Farm owner overcomes adversity thanks to AppOrtho

Apple Hill Farm in Banner Elk, NC, is one of the best kept secrets in the High Country. The picturesque 43 acre property, which overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains, is home to an assortment of animals including: alpacas, donkeys, horses, goats, chickens and a miniature pig named Mr. Pickles....

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Ryan PostlethwaitHigh Country Native Shops Local for Healthcare

For High Country residents, the saying "Shop Local" is more than an expression, it's a way of life. The phrase, which typically refers to the area's shopping, adventure and culinary attractions, took on a whole new meaning for Ryan Postlethwait, 36, after suffering a recent tennis injury.

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Gregg MarlandBack in the Saddle: Bike racing professor gives thanks to App Ortho post surgery

"Why drive when you can ride?" asked Gregg Marland, Research Professor at Appalachian State University. The 71 year-old educator, who specializes in environment, energy, and economics had opted to ride his bike to work...

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Ekman HowertonWorld Class Gymnast receives the first Hip Arthroscopy procedure in the High Country

Shannan Howerton, world class gymnast and senior at the University of South Carolina, does not have to give up her lifelong dream of being a professional athlete...

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Rehabilitation Center Stories


Doug RhodesThe Rehabilitation Center Provides Hope for Doug Rhodes

Doug Rhodes, a North Wilkesboro resident who retired at 48, looked forward to spending more time playing the piano and riding horses. That was until he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

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Linda ElliottThe Rehabilitation Center restores balance to Linda Elliott

Imagine the anxiety and fear associated with slowly losing the ability to enjoy life due to dizziness. Ashe county native, Linda Elliott, understands it all too well. Elliott, who enjoys theater, volunteering and spending time with her grandchildren, was fearful of losing her independence due to frequent spells of dizziness that were affecting her ability to function properly.

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Thrive Stories


Christine Behrend Pam MeyerWellness Center Promotes Healthy Lives and Friendships

Do you believe that good things can come out of difficult situations? This was certainly the case for two strangers who faced an uphill road together at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center a part of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System.

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Thrive Patient StoryCancer survivor Jane Eberle benefits from the new Thrive Oncology Program

Cancer survivor, Jane Eberle, is thankful for the compassionate cancer, surgical and rehabilitative care she received from Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS).

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Wellness Center Stories


Adam Debra WilliamsCrossFit Boone: Not just a Workout

Are you struggling with motivation when it comes to health, wellness and nutrition for your family? The Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center is offering a solution in CrossFit Boone.

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Wound Care Stories


Mario GentilThe Wound Care Center heals the wound and quality of life for Mario Perret-Gentil

Hope was all but lost for Mario Perret-Gentil, 62, who was coming to grips with the reality that his lingering 10 year-old wound would never quite heal or stop hurting. That was until he discovered The Wound Care Center...

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Joanne KempThe Wound Care Center heals leg after tractor injury

To Joanne Kemp, 62, the 60 acre farm that she and her brother grew up on can only be described as God's Country. Nestled within the mountains of West Jefferson, Kemp can fondly recall countless summer days spent raking hay and putting up fields with her father and brother Jerry.

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