History

More Than 50 Years Of Service

More than 50 years ago, The Migrant Health Center was started by Claire Heyden Burson, a Public Health nurse who had moved to Hendersonville after spending time working in the Caribbean. She and her colleagues and friends worked together to staff the early center. It was a time when farm worker rights were being noticed. When President John Kennedy signed the Migrant Health Act into law in 1962, the Migrant Health Center could receive federal funds.

When It All Began

Opened in 1963, Blue Ridge Health has its roots in providing migrant farm workers with healthcare. In fact, Blue Ridge Health is the nation’s oldest migrant health center and today provides family and pediatric medical services as well as dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, school-based care, and outreach services to patients across western North Carolina.

Evolving Into Blue Ridge Community Health Services

In 1987, The Migrant Health Center evolved to become Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS) - a year-round health center open to the entire community. At first, the health center was a full-time family practice. In 1992, a pediatric practice was opened, followed by a dental clinic for children in 1995.

Eventually Blue Ridge Community Health Services would add dental services for adults in 2005 and behavioral health services in 2006, and an on-site Pharmacy in 2009.

Our First Center

In 1993, BRCHS opened the first school-based health center (SBHC) in Henderson County, providing students access to comprehensive nursing, medical, behavioral health, and nutrition services. In 2008, three additional SBHCs opened at two elementary schools, and a high school, providing healthcare for over 2,000 students. In 2013, five additional schools were linked to existing SBHC’s, providing access to more than 6,000 students in Henderson County.

A New Medical Facility

In 2009, Blue Ridge Community Health Services began planning for the construction of a new medical facility, Blue Ridge Health at Chimney Rock Road, which opened in late 2011. The state-of-the art building serves as the medical home to thousands of individuals and houses family medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, on-site pharmacy, lab and radiology. Dental services and administrative offices reside in a separate building also located on the campus.

Our Second Center

In October 2012, BRCHS opened a second health center in Transylvania County. Then, in 2013, Blue Ridge Community Health Services assumed the operations of Hendersonville Family Health Center as part of a partnership with Pardee Hospital and Mountain Area Health Education Center Family Practice Residency to establish the first Health Resource Services Administration-funded teaching health center in North Carolina. Two additional sites – one in Rutherford County and the other in Buncombe county – were opened in 2014.

We Kept Expanding

This year Blue Ridge Community Health Services grew even further by adding new health center locations in Polk county and Haywood County. The Haywood County location was established in collaboration with Haywood Regional Medical Center.

As Blue Ridge Community Health Services continues to grow, the organization will move forward under its new name, Blue Ridge Health.

ALERT - Coronavirus/COVID-19

Innovative Ways Blue Ridge Health Can Keep You Healthy During COVID-19

During this cautious time, Blue Ridge Health remains a trusted source for all of your healthcare needs. We encourage patients to use virtual visits that are now available to take care of your medical and behavioral health care needs.  We’re here to help keep you healthy no matter how long the pandemic lasts.

Please don’t hesitate to call 828-692-4289 option #9 or your local Blue Ridge Health office for more information. We are here to help!

Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, patients visiting our practices should anticipate the following changes:

  • Please bring a mask or cloth face covering with you to your visit, if possible. 

  • When you arrive at the practice, look for a member of our staff to provide site-specific instructions.

  • If you do not see a staff member, call the practice and instructions will be provided.

If you suspect that you have been exposed to Coronavirus, or you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please contact your local Blue Ridge Health office prior to visiting. They are happy to help and will provide further instructions.

Please be aware that these changes are necessary in order to serve you best.

Please follow instructions closely. We will help you as soon as we are able.

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ALERTA - Coronavirus/COVID-19

Maneras innovadoras de Blue Ridge Health para ayudarle a mantenerse sano durante COVID-19

Durante este tiempo de cautela, Blue Ridge Health sigue siendo un recurso confiable para todas sus necesidades de atención médica.  Nosotros animamos a los pacientes a programar consultas telefónicas o vía electrónica que ahora están disponibles para sus necesidades de atención médica y de salud conductual. Estamos aquí para mantenerle saludable, sin importar cuanto tiempo dure la pandemia.

Por favor no dude en llamarnos al 828-692-4289 opción #1 o su oficina local de Blue Ridge Health para más información. ¡Estamos aquí para ayudarle!

Con el brote de Coronavirus/ COVID-19, los pacientes visitando nuestros consultorios, deben anticipar los siguientes cambios:

  • Al llegar al consultorio, busque a un miembro de nuestro personal para recibir instrucciones específicas.

  • Si no encuentra a un miembro de nuestro personal, favor de llamar a la oficina y le darán instrucciones.

Si sospecha que ha sido expuesto al Corona virus, o si tiene fiebre, tos, o falta de respiración, favor de comunicarse con su oficina local de Blue Ridge Health antes de visitar el consultorio. Con gusto le ayudarán y darán instrucciones adicionales.

Favor de tener en cuenta que estos cambios son necesarios para poder servirle mejor.

Favor de seguir las instrucciones atentamente. Le ayudaremos lo más pronto posible.

Para información adicional y actualizaciones sobre COVID-19 puede visitar nuestra página: Información sobre el Corona virus (COVID-19).