ON THE HORIZON EMBRACING CHANGE In a matter of weeks, a new virus led to an unprecedented health emergency; moving from a localized epidemic to a global health crisis. As we prepare for the future, the scope of preparedness must broaden. Many operational changes instituted because of COVID-19 will become part of our new normal and will remain part of our daily operations. BRH will continue to fast forward our efforts to upgrade and advance our use of digital tools. From a new electronic health record platform, to continued expansion of telehealth services and video conferencing, BRH will utilize innovative technologies to assist our staff in providing our patients with the best care possible. COLLABORATION Collaboration is a pillar on which BRH was built. In the coming year BRH will be opening a new clinic in the Highlands-Cashiers area due to a collaborative effort between the Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation, Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers and BRH. This collaboration will expand access to primary care on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau by opening a new Community Health Center and bringing additional physicians and services to that area. Funding for this endeavor is provided by the Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation. EXPANSION We’ve all heard the quote, “If you’re not growing you’re dying.” At BRH, we believe, “If we’re not growing, we’re not doing our job.” If growth is not part of our operation that means our communities are going without care, children are going to school sick and neighbors are suffering with dental issues. In the coming year BRH will be focusing growth in several areas. You read earlier about our expansion into the Highlands Cashiers area. In 2021 you will see us expand our School Based Health Centers into communities where children may not have access to healthcare unless they can access it at school. The same will hold true for our Mobile Dental program as we have plans to expand this service 2 to 3 fold. THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE AND BLUE RIDGE HEALTH DEPENDS ON COMMITMENT TO OUR PATIENTS, PASSION FOR OUR MISSION AND CREATIVITY IN THINKING. ” - RICHARD HUDSPETH, MD CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER ”

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