Carolinas Connection


Carolinas Healthcare connectionOur Carolinas HealthCare Connection

At Carolinas HealthCare System - Blue Ridge, we are fully committed to raising the standard of care in our community. Our affiliation with Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) – the largest healthcare system in the Carolinas and a nationally recognized leader in the field – is an important and exciting part of that commitment. Our partnership with CHS complements the services available locally through Carolinas HealthCare System - Blue Ridge by providing ready access to more advanced care and physician specialists and subspecialists when needed.

The centerpiece of CHS is Carolinas Medical Center (CMC), a 777-bed Academic Medical Center Teaching Hospital in Charlotte, about 90 minutes east of Burke County by ground and less than 30 minutes away by MedCenter Air. CMC is a Level I Trauma Center– one of only five in North Carolina – and serves 25 counties in North Carolina and northern South Carolina.

The MedCenter Air EMS helicopter serves as a critical link between Carolinas HealthCare System - Blue Ridge and Carolinas Medical Center. The helicopter and crew typically respond to cases of potential life-threatening illness or injury, and the aircraft can be airborne within 30 minutes of a call. When called upon, MedCenter Air takes to the sky whatever the hour, day or night. Its primary purpose is to transport – quickly and safely – patients who require immediate or critical medical care. The vehicles and crews are in a constant state of readiness, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Carolinas HealthCare System - Blue Ridge maintains helipads at both Grace and Valdese Hospitals.

Carolinas HealthCare System -

Blue Ridge

2201 South Sterling Street

Morganton, NC 28655

(828) 580-5000