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Welcome to Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge. For more than 160 years, we have been taking care of patients in Burke and surrounding counties. We are honored you’ve chosen us to provide your care.
Are you going to be our patients? Please take a look at our online Patient and Family Guide.
GIVE BACK TO CAROLINAS HEALTHCARE SYSTEM BLUE RIDGE
Learn how you can donate to our foundation.
At Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, we realize your family and friends are important to you and your well-being. You may have visitors any time on most units. If you would like to limit your visiting hours, please let your care team know. For patients in Critical Care, please ask the nurse when you may visit.
GIFTS AND GREETINGS
Our gift shop has all kinds of items if you need a little something to brighten your day or the day of your loved one in the hospital. Learn more.
Are you looking for ways to give? Volunteering at the hospital is a rewarding experience. We couldn’t do without our volunteers. Find out how you can become involved.
SPIRITUAL CARE AND EDUCATION
Sometimes we need a little extra support and spiritual comforting that only a chaplain can provide. Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge hospitals offer patients and their families the services of a chaplain. Our chaplains serve people of all faiths and denominations. Members of our Pastoral Care Department are also available to speak to groups outside of the hospital about Advance Directives, Biomedical Ethics, the Parish Nurse Program or the pastoral care services offered by our hospitals. We also have a chapel at each hospital.
An advance directive is a set of directions you give about the health care you want if you ever lose the ability to make decisions for yourself. North Carolina has two ways for you to make a formal advance directive – a "living will" and "healthcare power of attorney." It is the policy of Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge is to comply with North Carolina law about a person's right to request a natural death. We will ask you if you have an advance directive when you participate in services offered by Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge.
If you have an advance directive, please give us a copy. The advance directive becomes a part of your medical record, and is used to help your doctor decide about the treatment that you want. Our chaplains hold seminars once a month to explain advance directives and healthcare power of attorney. To find out when the next seminar is scheduled, please call 580-5404 or 580-7759.
In North Carolina, a living will is a document that tells others that you want to die a natural death if you are diagnosed as terminally or incurably sick or are in a persistent vegetative state from which you will not recover. In a living will, you can direct your doctor not to use heroic treatments that will delay your dying, for example by using a breathing machine ("respirator" or "ventilator"), or to stop such treatments if they have been started. You can also direct your doctor not to begin or stop giving you food and water through a tube ("artificial nutrition or hydration").
Healthcare Power of Attorney
In North Carolina, you can name a person to make medical care decisions for you if you later become unable to decide for yourself. This person is called your "healthcare agent." In the legal document, you name who you want your agent to be. You can say what medical treatment you would want and what you would not want. Your agent then knows what choices you would make. You should choose someone you trust and discuss your wishes with the person before you put it in writing.
Who decides about my medical care or treatment?
If you are 18 or older and mentally competent, you have the right to make decisions about your medical treatment. You should talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider about any treatment or procedure so that you understand what will be done and why. You have the right to say yes or no to treatments recommended by your doctor. If you want to make or to express them yourself, you will need an "advance directive."