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High Country Community Health Board of Directors members, pictured from right: Lynda
Kinnane, Elizabeth Wegmann, HCCH CEO Alice Salthouse, HCCH Chief Information Officer Bryan
Belcher, Lois Iiams, Beth Byerly, Jeanie Keasey and Holly Minton gather for a public forum held
at Avery-Morrison Library on Monday, Dec. 16, prior to its regularly scheduled monthly board
meeting in reference to HCCH’s organization and recent merger by acquisition with Clark Family
Medicine building and practice. Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2013-12-18 22:50:59
Last modified: 2013-12-18 22:51:45

High Country Community Health holds public forum

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The board of directors with High Country Community Health gathered for a public forum at Avery-Morrison Library in Newland to answer questions from the community about the work of the organization.

No questions were asked regarding the work, but HCCH CEO Alice Salthouse explained how the organization had experienced success through incubator-type offices in the local health departments in both Avery and Watauga counties. She added that the Avery office was soon to complete its move out of the health department and into Clark Family Medicine.

“We could not have gotten anywhere without the support of our local health departments,” Salthouse said. “The health department’s cooperation was crucial to our success.”
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