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Blue Ridge Regional Hospital is located in Spruce Pine and opened in 1955, after the community made a strong commitment to build the critical access hospital, which now features 46 patient beds.

The cost for the new hospital was projected to be around $400,000; local community members quickly responded and raised $140,000. Every person within a 50-mile radius of Spruce Pine was asked to give generously. At the campaign kickoff, $33,000 was raised in a single day.

Several employers reported 100 percent participation in the program. Those who couldn’t give money gave blood in the “Save a Life and Build a Hospital” effort. Employers contributed to the building fund when their employees donated blood to the blood bank. On a day set aside for the donations, 227 people gave blood, raising $1,135 toward the hospital campaign.

Children even got involved with the fundraising efforts and formed a corporation that wove potholders and sold them, two for 25 cents, to benefit the hospital building fund. In all, more than 2,500 people made contributions totaling near $100,000, and by the end of September 1953, the North Carolina Medical Care Commission had approved a 35-bed hospital for Mitchell County.

The first patient, a child who was to have a tonsillectomy, was admitted in December 1955. She arrived clutching her doll.

Currently located on the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital property is the Mauzy-Phillips Center, a two-story, 30,000-square-foot medical office building that includes primary care physician services, general surgery, endoscopy, wound care, orthopedics, laboratory services, X-ray, an in-house pharmacy and endoscopy suites.

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital employs around 350 team members and offers a variety of medical services including emergency services, obstetrics and gynecology, critical care, rehabilitation services, fitness center, cancer services, orthopedics, general surgical services, pain management, pediatrics, family medicine, acute care inpatient observation, swing bed services, outpatient infusion and chemotherapy, surgery, cardiology, wound care, testing, mammography, CT scans, MRI and nuclear studies.

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital has fifteen physician practices within the area, including Spruce Pine and Burnsville. Blue Ridge Regional Hospital serves Mitchell, Yancey, lower Avery and upper McDowell counties.

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital earned a 5-star rating in 2017 for Medicare Hospital Compare from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services.