What Separates Blue Ridge Health from Other Providers?

With each patient, we strive to provide comprehensive and compassionate healthcare, fueled by our mission, vision, and values. We believe that everyone has the right to quality healthcare, no matter what their insurance or income status is. Part of establishing a healthier community is providing access to excellent healthcare to those in need. We won’t stop until everyone has an equal opportunity to lead a healthy and sustainable life.

How it Started

Blue Ridge Health is not just a health center. It’s a community  health center with roots in compassionate care for ALL of our region’s most vulnerable populations.

FQHC Status Information

This means that we are a non-profit, community-based health organization. FQHCs like Blue Ridge Health provide comprehensive primary care, as well as dental and mental health services to patients right in the community.

FQHC guidelines require over half of Blue Ridge Health’s Board of Directors to be actual Blue Ridge Health patients. This means that our organization and the care it provides to WNC is directly impacted by real patients and members of our communities.

As an FQHC, Blue Ridge Health offers the same high-quality healthcare services to the uninsured and underinsured populations of Western North Carolinas it offers to those with insurance. Blue Ridge Health prides itself in providing accessible, affordable healthcare for all.

FQHCs are not free clinics, but they do provide services to all people regardless of their ability to pay. Sliding-fee scales are available for all service types, including medical, dental, and more. Patients will be qualified for discount services based on family size and documented income.

Leadership

Richard Hudspeth, MD
Chief Executive Officer
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Don Buckner, MD
Chief Behavioral Health Officer
Tammy Greenwell
Chief Operating Officer
Michelle Hogsed
Director of Quality Management
Brian Morton
Chief Financial Officer
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Aaron Ratliff
Director of Human Resources
MaryShell Zaffino, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Governing Board

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Lorna Barnett
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Bob Bednarek
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Robert Cochran
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Jean Marie Dillon
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Matthew Gruebmeyer
Cheryl-Harbin
Cheryl Harbin
Joshua-Kennedy
Joshua Kennedy
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Renee Kumor
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Carrie McBane
Ramirez-Juan
Juan Ramirez
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James Spiro
Weldon-Linda
Linda Weldon

Are you interested in having a direct impact on healthcare in Western North Carolina? Volunteer to become a board member! Our organization is led by people who live and work in the areas they serve, offering unique insight into the concerns of our rural populations and allowing us to pivot at any time to meet the ever-changing needs of our patients. Contact info@brchs.com to find out more.

Blue Ridge Health: Not just a health center.
A community health center.