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Nursing Home Week: Blowing Rock Rehab and Davant Center Celebrates Past, Present, Future

Blowing Rock Rehabilitation and Davant Extended Care Center is celebrating National Nursing Home Week  May 10-16. This year, BRRDECC plans to use the week to acknowledge its history, appreciate its patients, applaud its staff and anticipate its future.


Blowing Rock Rehabilitation and Davant Extended Care Center

It all began in 1948, when former Blowing Rock Mayor Grover Robbins. Sr., asked a young Dr. Charles Davant. Jr., to serve as the community physician. Dr. Davant graciously accepted the position and began seeing patients on weekday afternoons and on Sundays. In 1951, The Blowing Rocket acknowledged Dr. Davant for his role in bringing a hospital to the region.

“As everyone in the community knows, the driving force behind Blowing Rock Hospital, now known as Blowing Rock Rehabilitation & Davant Extended Care, is Dr. Charles Davant.”

Today, Davant’s legacy lives on though his son, Dr. Charles “Bunky” Davant, III. Dr. Davant has faithfully served patients at both Blowing Rock Medical Clinic and BRRDECC since 1975. In addition to Dr. Davant, Dr. John Davis and Dr. John Whitlock serve the community and patients at the facility.


Since joining Appalachian Regional Healthcare System in 2007, BRRDECC has served as an invaluable member to the healthcare system’s continuum of care. The 72-bed post-acute care facility specializes in short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. BRRDECC specializes in state-of-the-art rehab which supports patients in transition from the hospital to the home and offers long-term care as an alternative for those who can no longer live at home.

The skilled nursing facility has a depth of experience in all areas of service including: Rehabilitation: 30 years, Nursing: 30 years, Dietary: 30 years, Maintenance: 27 years, Environmental Services: 39 years, Social Services: 18 years and Activities: 25 years.


Future rendering of Chestnut Ridge

Throughout the years, BRRDECC has made every effort to meet the growing needs of the community. After conducting a needs assessment, ARHS determined that it would be in the best interest of the region to replace the existing facility with a larger, modernized 112-bed post-acute care center. This new facility will be called Chestnut Ridge.

Chestnut Ridge will enhance the region’s medical access to short and long-term post-acute care services. It will provide memory support, palliative care, rehabilitation services, skilled nursing care and a primary care clinic on a 68 acre tract alongside US 321 in Blowing Rock, NC.

The ARHS Foundation is currently engaged in a capital campaign to raise $11.5 million for Chestnut Ridge. Through the generosity of donors, ARHS is well on its way to reaching this goal.

Chestnut Ridge is scheduled to open in the summer of 2016. One quote pulled from The Blowing Rocket in 1968 pertaining to healthcare remains true today, “The story has not ended, there are many chapters remaining. The past has been an inspiration to further accomplishments.”

To learn more about National Nursing Home Week or Blowing Rock Rehabilitation and Davant Extended Care Center visit www.apprhs.org. For more information about Chestnut Ridge visit www.chestnutridgeblowingrock.org.