Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. March 26, 2018. BOONE, NC – Appalachian Gastroenterology, also known as AppGastro, will become a member of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) on April 1, 2018. The practice, which is located less than a mile from Watauga Medical Center, will join Appalachian Regional Medical Associates (ARMA), the healthcare system’s multi-specialty practice group.
Established in 1997, AppGastro specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the digestive tract. Patients are often referred to AppGastro if they need to schedule a colonoscopy or if they suffer from acid reflux, indigestion, nausea, bloating, gallbladder disorders or abdominal pain.
The practice is staffed by its founding board-certified gastroenterologist Douglas Trate, MD. Dr. Trate earned his undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania and his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. His post graduate training included a three-year internal medicine residency and a three-year fellowship in gastroenterology at Temple University. Dr. Trate is joined in practice by Kimberly Taylor, FNP-C and Leah Leska, FNP-BC.
Dr. Douglas Trate said of the transition, “After more than 20 years of private practice, we have decided that it’s time to just practice medicine and let someone else help us with the business aspect of running a medical practice. In this changing medical landscape, partnering with the hospital allows us to continue to deliver the best quality coordinated care, at the same time remain competitive by providing resources to hire top-notch staff, acquire state-of-the-art training and technology.”
“We are very pleased to welcome AppGastro into the Appalachian Regional Medical Associates family,” said Robert Johnston, Vice President of Ambulatory Services and Clinical Integration. “Our goal in ARMA is to integrate our collective services in order to provide the best care possible for our patients.”
The Boone office location, 870 State Farm Rd, Suite 102, as well as the phone number 828-264-0029 will remain the same.