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SPRUCE PINE, N.C. (July 18, 2013) – The Blue Ridge Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic is now operating at a new facility with improved technology and expanded services to better serve the Spruce Pine community. The clinic is located at 11728 South 226 Highway.
“Blue Ridge Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic represents the new standard for our facilities and how we intend to provide a healing environment for our patients, their families and our fellow employees,” said Oscar K. Weinmeister III, FACHE, President and CEO of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. “The facility is incredible. It allows us not only to see more patients, but also to expand the range of services we offer and truly improve the way we deliver care to the people of Spruce Pine.”
The new Blue Ridge Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic features an improved X-ray system. This Picture Archiving and Communication System, known as PACS, allows X-rays and other diagnostic images to be captured, distributed and stored in a digital format viewable on computer screens at the clinic and at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. Additional services provided by physicians at the clinic will now include providing an athletic trainer at the McDowell County middle schools, medical assessment and injury care at local recreational events and an expanded bracing program that includes on-site, custom fitting.
“We took careful consideration when deciding to move the clinic. Our decision largely hinged on the ability to install the PACS system at the new location. This technology is a valuable tool that allows our physicians to do their job more efficiently than before,” Teresa Musick, MPA, MSA, PA-C, Practice Manager and Director of Sports Medicine, said. “We are pleased to be able to provide our patients with a state-of-the-art facility and the technology to provide world-class care right here in western North Carolina.”
Physicians at the clinic include David Van De Wyngaerde, MD, and Marvin Vice, DO. Blue Ridge Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic provides a full range of medical treatment and surgical procedures, from diagnostic imaging such as X-rays, CT scans or MRIs, to open surgery and minimally invasive procedures. Surgeries at the clinic include arthroscopy, total joint replacements of the hip and knee, fracture repair, hand surgery, foot and ankle surgery, rotator cuff repair, meniscus repair and ligament reconstruction.
To make an appointment, please call (828) 765-8200.
About Blue Ridge Regional Hospital
Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, based in Spruce Pine, N.C., is a not-for-profit hospital and serves Mitchell, Yancey, lower Avery and upper McDowell counties. Blue Ridge Regional Hospital has provided excellent healthcare services for the region since 1955. Cleverley & Associates has recognized Blue Ridge Regional Hospital as a Community Value 5-Star Hospital for 10 consecutive years. Medical specialties offered by Blue Ridge include emergency services, OB services, critical care, rehabilitation services and fitness center, cancer services, orthopedics, general surgical services, pain management, pediatrics, family medicine, sleep disorders and wound care. In addition, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital offers clinics for the following specialties: allergy and asthma; cardiology, dermatology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; ophthalmology and kidney care (nephrology). Blue Ridge Regional Hospital employs 450 people and is a member of Mission Health, recognized in 2012 and 2013 as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics, respectively. For more information, please visit blueridgehospital.org.
About Mission Health
Mission Health, based in Asheville, N.C., is the state’s sixth-largest health system and the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina. Mission Health was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems in 2012 and 2013 by Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics, respectively. Mission Health is one of only two medium-sized health systems to receive this recognition in 2012 and 2013, and the only health system in North Carolina to achieve that distinction.
Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, operates five hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in more than 50 medical specialties and sub- specialties. Mission Health has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Children’s Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women’s Health. Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, is the system’s flagship hospital and is licensed for 730 beds. It is the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. Other Mission Health member hospitals include Angel Medical Center in Franklin, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 9,500 employees and 700 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission- health.org.