Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation Provides Grant for Afterschool Program

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation is providing a grant of $3,000 to help fund the STAR (Students Taking Active Roles) after school program for Bowman and Harris Middle Schools.  Developed by the Mitchell-Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force (MYSATF) as an initiative of Graham Children’s Health Services, the STAR program was successfully launched this fall at Harris Middle School and is now being replicated at Bowman Middle School. 
The STAR program identifies students and provides a supervised after school program which includes physical activities, healthy snacks, life skills instruction, and service opportunities that give back to the community.  The program meets two times each week for two hours.  The STAR program is modeled after MYSTAF’s successful program for high school students in Yancey County that meets at the Blue Ridge Fitness and Rehab Center in Burnsville.  Blue Ridge Fitness Center as well as Blue Ridge Sports Medicine staff assists with the afterschool program activities.
“The STAR program provides a social outlet for positive development for the students.  We are so grateful to the adults who volunteer to be mentors, and to the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation for their investment in this important program,” said Amy Sheele, Executive Director of Graham Children’s Health Services.
In the 2014-2015 academic year, the STAR program plans to enroll 30 students from the two middle schools and move the program to the gym at Mitchell High School. 
“The Foundation felt that we wanted to be a part of making a positive impact on the social and physical development of these middle school students, said Nancy Lindeman, Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation.  “Having meaningful interactions with the dedicated volunteers in the STAR program and developing healthy habits at this age will impact these young people for a lifetime.”
The Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation exists to raise awareness and to connect the generous gifts of individuals, corporations and foundations with worthy funding needs in the hospital and community. Since its founding in 1995, the Foundation has returned more than $8 million to Blue Ridge Regional Hospital and the community in the form of advanced medical technology, facility improvements and treatment services.
Graham Children’s Health Services is a collaborative effort that involves, educates and unites the community for the design and implementation of strategies that will improve the health of children now and in the future.

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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
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 six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, 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 795 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, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 10,600 employees and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit

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