Mitchell County Health Care

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, formerly Spruce Pine Community Hospital, based in Spruce Pine, N.C., is a not-for-profit hospital and serves Mitchell, Yancey, lower Avery and upper McDowell counties. Blue Ridge Regional Hospital was founded and has provided excellent healthcare services for the region since 1955. Cleverley & Associates has recognized Blue Ridge Regional Hospital as a Community Value 5-Star Hospital for a total of eight years. Medical specialties offered by Blue Ridge include cancer services, orthopedics, general surgical services, pain management, pediatrics, family medicine, sleep disorders and wound care. In addition, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital offers clinics for the following specialties: allergy and asthma; cardiology, dermatology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; ophthalmology and kidney care (nephrology).

We believe that patient and family-centered care is the best approach to achieve successful outcomes in healthcare, and the cornerstones of that approach are dignity and respect. Equally important are information sharing, participation, and collaboration.

Patients, families, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals form a partnership that benefits everyone. We define a family member as anyone the patient designates as important. Families are not just visitors; they are essential in patient care and decision-making.

Every staff member at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital is dedicated to this approach. We combine patient-centered care with modern medicine, advanced technology, compassion, and care provided by loved ones to reach our ultimate goal-to provide the best care and outcomes for patients.

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital employs 450 people and is a member of Mission Health, recognized in 2012 and 2013 as one of the nation's Top 15 Health Systems by Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics, respectively. Mission Health is one of only two medium-sized health systems to receive this recognition in 2012 and 2013, and the only health system in North Carolina to achieve that distinction. For more information, please visit

Additional medical services located on the hospital campus include home care, mental health, physical, and occupational therapy, Hospice, and a kidney dialysis center.

Bakersville Community Health Center and Spruce Pine Health Center affiliated with Mountain Community Health Partnership

Bakersville Community Health Center (BCHC) and the Spruce Pine Health Center (SPHC) are non-profit primary care practices serving Mitchell and surrounding counties. BCHC/SPHC are Federally Qualified Health Centers and recognized as Patient Centered Medical Homes. In 2017 BCHC/SPHC partnered with Celo Health Center in Yancey County to form the Mountain Community Health Partnership (MCHP.) MCHP is a newly formed partnership and includes Bakersville Community Health Center, Celo Health Center, and Spruce Pine Health Center. The organizations have a combined 118 years' experience in providing care to the residents of Mitchell and Yancey County. Each health center will continue to provide the same high quality of care patients have experienced for many years. Bakersville Community Health Center and Spruce Pine Community Health Center are dedicated to offering exceptional care to our Mitchell County patients while striving for a healthier community.

The Brian Center

The Brian Center is one hundred thirty-seven bed facility that offers long-term skilled care for its residents. Other services provided are intermediate nursing home care and physical, occupational, and speech therapy as well as short-term placement.

Community Services in Mitchell County

Mitchell County's community service agencies provide assistance to a variety of our residents. Mountain Opportunity Center located in Bakersville provides daily programs for the adult handicapped. Mitchell County Senior Center provides daily activities and lunch for senior citizens and also operates the County's Meals on Wheels program. The Toe River Health District of Mitchell County Health Department offers nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, and in-home aide services. The Mitchell Community Health Partnership works to promote wellness and preventative care services to the county and have been recognized as a "Champion of Change" in North Carolina Medicine.

Mitchell House

Mitchell House located at 13681 Highway 226 S in Spruce Pine is a 40 bed assisted living facility with a dedicated Alzheimer wing. Spacious living rooms, private or companion apartments, formal and informal dining rooms, and landscaped outdoor areas provide a safe, secure and comfortable environment for each resident. A full range of activities are conducted on-site with cookouts, outdoor leisure times,and trips for shopping, concerts and tours. Transportation is available for shopping, doctor's appointments and outings.