Today’s Email Announcements

Published Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 10:50 am

1) Cannon Hospital Receives National Leadership Recognition

Charles A. Cannon Jr. Memorial Hospital was recently recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Quality, reflecting top quartile performance among all critical access and acute care hospitals in the nation. The quality recognition announcement comes in conjunction with National Rural Health Day, celebrated annually on November 19.

“We feel honored and validated to be recognized for our steadfast commitment to quality patient care,” said Carmen Lacey, President of Cannon Memorial Hospital.

The quality rankings, designated by the Hospital Strength INDEX™, are the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX™ captures performance metrics for more than 4,000 acute care hospitals, including over 1,300 rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from 66 individual metrics into three major categories and nine pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

In addition to Cannon Memorial Hospital, nine other North Carolina rural hospitals were recognized for excellence in quality in 2015:

  • Alleghany County Memorial Hospital
  • Carolinas Health Care System Anson
  • Carolinas Healthcare System Lincoln
  • Northern Hospital Of Surry County
  • Novant Health Franklin Medical Center
  • Pender Memorial Hospital
  • Sandhills Regional Medical Center
  • Vidant Edgecombe Hospital
  • Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital

To learn more about National Rural Health Day visit For more information about Cannon Memorial Hospital, a member of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System visit

2) ASU to Test Campus Siren on Dec. 2

Appalachian State University will test its campus-wide siren warning system Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 11:55 a.m. The campus drill also will include a recorded message indicating the beginning and end of the test.

To hear the tones that would be used during an emergency on campus, visit Also, in the event of an actual emergency, official university information will be posted at

3) “Imaginary Places” on Display at ASU’s Looking Glass Thru Dec. 11

Looking Glass Gallery (LGG) in Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union presents “Imaginary Places,” an exhibition featuring work by William Seal.

“Imaginary Places” will be on view Wednesday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Dec. 11. Gallery hours are weekdays 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday’s 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays noon to 11 p.m.

A reception will be held Friday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Seal is a senior studio art major from Washington, D.C. His work explores the idea of proprioception, or the body’s understanding of its place in space. Through his  large-scale installations, Seal builds environments that engage the viewer. Interaction with each piece is essential.

This exhibition is extremely light sensitive and must be displayed in total darkness. In order to achieve the darkness that the sculptures require, the gallery was painted black and the windows have been covered to block as much light as possible. The sculptures emit enough light to help visitors find their way around the gallery.

4) Valle Crucis School Playmakers to Show 101 Dalmatians-Kids on Friday at WHS

The Valle Crucis School Playmakers will present 101 Dalmatians-Kids on Friday, November 20 at 7 pm and Saturday, November 21 at 2 pm in the Watauga High School auditorium.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.  The play is directed by Chris Watson.  The production has received financial assistance from the Watauga County Arts Council to support vocal music education and performance in the county and High Country.



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