A new Appalachian Place at Chestnut Ridge facility will break ground this summer, with an expected opening of spring 2015. The unit will replace Blowing Rock Hospital and provide a total of 112 beds, The Watauga Democrat reports.
The facility will be built on a 68-acre site close to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Criterion Healthcare (Concord, N.C.) is the project manager, Vannoy Construction (Jefferson, N.C.) is the general contractor and RPA Design (Charlotte, N.C.) is the architectural firm.
Part of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (Boone, N.C.), Appalachian Place is estimated to cost $20 million and will provide skilled nursing care, post-acute rehabilitation care, Alzheimer's disease and memory support care, palliative care, speech and communication disorder therapy, and primary care from an onsite physician.