By David Rogers. July 30, 2015. BLOWING ROCK, NC — With an estimated $28 million building project at stake, the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee was all ears on Wednesday in touring the Chestnut Ridge development site in Blowing Rock.
Despite having to slosh through large puddles of water left by a midday cloudburst, a half dozen or so EDC members and media representatives made the tour and all seemed fairly impressed with the progress that has been made. ARHS Senior Vice President for System Advancement, Rob Hudspeth, reinforced that notion in pointing out that it had just been one year since most of Wednesday’s attendees were standing on the bare ground site for the groundbreaking ceremony.
During the course of the tour, Hudspeth noted that construction is expected to be completed in March 2016. Allowing for inspections and certifications, he stated that they expect to move into the High Country’s newest healthcare facility in June 2016.
The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge will be an 87,500 square foot post-acute care center aimed at improving patient outcomes, improving care coordination with healthcare providers, reducing patient re-admissions to the hospital, reducing patient lengths of stay, increasing discharges to home, ensuring functional improvement gains for patients, and improving patient and family satisfaction.
Underlined Hudspeth, “Chestnut Ridge will allow Appalachian Regional Healthcare System to treat the right patient, at the right time, and in the right place.”
The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge will offer post-acute care, including post-acute rehabilitative care, skilled nursing care, memory support care, and palliative care.
The EDC delegation included, Don Hubble, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee; Charles Hardin, Executive Director; Cathy Robbins, President; and members Suzanne Miller, Ray Pickett, Bill Hall, and Jim Pitts.
SLIDESHOW By David Rogers for Blowing Rock News