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From left, Wells Fargo executives Jason Triplett with Blowing Rock Hospital board Chairman Keith Tester, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System CEO Richard Sparks and Wells Fargo regional President Leslie Hayes take part in Wednesday’s check presentation at Wells Fargo’s Boone branch. JEFF EASON PHOTO

Originally published: 2013-06-06 08:52:52
Last modified: 2013-06-06 08:53:37

Wells Fargo donates $125,000

The new Blowing Rock post-acute care facility got a shot in the arm Wednesday when it received its first corporate gift.

Executives from Wells Fargo gave Appalachian Regional Healthcare System a check for $125,000 to be used toward building Appalachian Place at Chestnut Ridge in Blowing Rock.

The check was given to ARHS CEO Richard Sparks at the Boone branch of Wells Fargo on Wednesday afternoon.

“Wells Fargo went through a big transition two years ago,” said Leslie Hayes, regional president of Wells Fargo. “As a 33-year employee of the company, I am thrilled that we continue to find ways of giving back to our communities in terms of time and resources. You can’t have a thriving bank without a thriving community. So, we encourage volunteerism in our communities, help the schools and health-related resources.”

According to Hayes, Wells Fargo’s regional district in Western North Carolina allotted more than $890,000 to community organizations last year.

“This gift to Appalachian Regional Healthcare System has been in the works for a while,” Hayes said. “We believe in the vision for this new facility and we want to be a partner with Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. What a special place this is going to be.”

“This is our first corporate gift for the facility in Blowing Rock and it is a significant investment in what we are doing,” Sparks said. “We are experiencing great changes in health care in this country and we believe this facility will be able to deliver the right care at the right place at the right time.

“Blowing Rock has been very supportive with this project. We hope to start construction in the fall, but it might go beyond that. Working together with Blowing Rock and the NCDOT, there are so many pieces that have to fall into place. When it is finished, it will provide quality care to the people of our region for decades.”

Appalachian Place at Chestnut Ridge will replace the existing Blowing Rock Hospital.

It will specialize in rehabilitative care, memory support care, skilled nursing care and palliative care.

The new facility will be located on a 68-acre site purchased by ARHS two years ago. Since that time, the property has been annexed by the town of Blowing Rock for water and sewer service.

During the May meeting of the Blowing Rock Town Council, the town approved plans for a road and building for the new facility.

The entrance of the facility will be located on U.S. 321 across from Edmisten Road.
According to the ARHS, the estimated cost of the facility is $20 million, and the estimated completion date is the end of 2015. 
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