Appalachian Regional Healthcare System: Upcoming Classes and Events for May 2012


The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System here in Watauga County is a network that offers a variety of services. You will find Doctors from general practice to specialist, the Wellness Center for fitness, and Educational Classes to keep our community informed about medical issues.

Here is a list of exciting upcoming events to empower each of us to be more healthy and health conscious.


On Tuesday, May 1st, the Watauga Medical Center will present the American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR and AED Course from 6-9pm. Held in the Auditorium, this Basic Life Support type course will help anyone who would like to learn CPR for infants through adults. Also taught will be how to help someone who is choking, and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator or AED if someone’s heart stops or they stop breathing. Upon completing the 3-hour course, a Completion Card will be issued which is good for a 2 year period.  The cost for this course is $40 and class size is limited, with Pre-registration and Pre-pay expected. For more information, contact Candy Jones through the ARHS Community Outreach by email at or call her at 828-268-8960.



Also on Tuesday, May 1st, the Watauga Medical Center will again host the American Heart Association BLS for HCP Part II- Skills Check from 5-6 pm in the Auditorium. As a little bit further advanced class, this course is geared to Healthcare Providers who are wanting to have an initial or a renewal of the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Course completion card. There are two parts to this course and Part 1 is available to be completed online at  and takes between 1-2 hours. A Part 1 Completion Certificate will be issued and must be brought to the class for Part 2. Part 2 of the course will take about 1 hour. The cost of the class is $15 and again, class size is limited, and must be Pre-registerd and Pre-paid. For more information, contact Candy Jones through the ARHS Community Outreach by email at or call her at 828-268-8960.



Then the following Tuesday, May 8th, the Watauga Medical Center has made available the  American Heart Association First Aid Course from 6-9 pm held in the Auditorium. This course is for all of the community who want to learn the Basic First Aid, First Responder skills to help in emergency situations until medical help comes. Participants will learn how to recognize and respond to a variety of emergencies including a Heart Attack, Stroke, Choking, Bleeding, Seizures, Diabetic Reactions, Breathing Problems, Shock, and Environmental emergencies. Perfect for Babysitters, Life Guards, Day Care Providers, and virtually everyone, the cost is $30, the class size is limited and must be Pre-registered and Pre-paid. For more information, contact Candy Jones through the ARHS Community Outreach by email at or call her at 828-268-8960.


And, on Friday, May 11th, the Boone Dermatology Clinic is offering a Free Skin Cancer Screening from 10am – 2pm. Sponsored also by the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, the Clinic will not require any appointments for the screenings, and they are done on a first come, first serve basis. A full body check or a spot check is available for any suspicious areas and is a painless screening. Family members are encouraged to come along as well to be a part. For more information, call the Boone Dermatology Clinic at 828-264-4553.



Look for other helpful classes and upcoming events throughout the year and make sure to take part in these exciting, important life-saving courses. You may save a life one day!






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