Ashe Memorial Hospital continues to bring new technology and treatment expertise to Ashe County residences. A new consultant for the treatment of stroke started on February 12, 2010.
Ashe Memorial Hospital (AMH) in Jefferson has partnered to bring the physicians from the Comprehensive Stroke Center and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center to Ashe County. They won't be coming in person, however, but will be able to talk with and examine patients from Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem using the InTouch RP-7 robot stationed at AMH. The robot, controlled by one of the five members of the stroke faculty at Baptist Medical Center, stands a little taller than four feet and has a video monitor that allows the patient to see the doctor. On top of the monitor are two cameras that allow the doctor to see the patient and their surroundings: a wide angle lens that allows the physician to see the entire room a patient is in or a close-angle lens that allows the physician to examine a patient's pupils to see how their eyes move. The goal of the Telestroke Network is to allow them facilitate stroke expertise outlaying communities so that patients would have more rapid access to the kinds of treatments.
Ashe Memorial Hospital continues maintain the standards of care which credited with the 2006-2007 Rural Health Organization of the Year.
Ashe Memorial is a full-service hospital that offers Laparoscopic, General, and Orthopedic Surgery, Complete Eye Care including Cataract Treatment, Diagnostic Imaging,, Cardiopulmonary Therapy and Testing, Nutritional Counseling, Lifeline Emergency Response Program, Endoscopy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Ultrasound, Physical Therapy, Obstetrics, Mountain Hearts Center for Prevention and Wellness, Mammography, a 24-hour Emergency Room, an after-hours medical clinic and much more.