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High Country Community Health’s Matthew Horney (board chair) and Alice Salthouse (CEO), with owners Jerry and Tom Phillips of the old Sherman’s Clothing space in Newland.
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Originally published: 2013-06-12 16:40:41
Last modified: 2013-06-12 16:41:26

High Country Community Health to inhabit old Sherman’s location

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A new 10,000-square-foot facility for medical, dental and behavioral health just took another step towards becoming a reality for Avery County. High Country Community Health, the new Community Health Center currently based in the health department in Newland, has now signed a long-term lease with owners Tom and Jerry Phillips for the old Sherman’s Clothing space.
Once renovations are completed the new space will feature nine medical exam rooms, six dental exam rooms, two behavioral health offices, an in house pharmacy for HCCH patients, separate waiting areas and a boardroom that will be available for community use.
Avery County ranks lasts in clinical care among North Carolina’s 100 counties and this effort was put in place to combat this statistic, according to Bryan Belcher, chief information officer. The new space will allow for hiring a physician, nurse practitioner, dentist, hygienist, two behavioral health specialists and support staff.

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