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About Alleghany Health

In today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment, the new model for high quality, sustainable local healthcare delivery in rural communities, like Alleghany Health in Sparta, means collaboration among major medical centers and regional hospitals.

We are proud that our hospital is now an affiliate of Wake Forest Baptist Health, a nationally prominent academic medical center, and Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, a regional acute care hospital with a network of exceptional physician clinics.

In addition to our full complement of inpatient and outpatient hospital services, including a 24-hour physician-staffed emergency department, our partners bring access to outstanding providers, specialty services, “state-of-the-science” clinical equipment such as digital mammography right here in Sparta, NC. Our specialty services, soon to be housed in a new medical office building on the Alleghany Health campus, include cardiology, ENT, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, orthopedics, podiatry, pulmonary and sleep studies, general surgery and urology.

When you are looking for top-quality healthcare close to home, Alleghany Health is here for you.

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Our Partners

On February 2nd, 2018 Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital entered into a partnership to ensure the future of our hospital. Under the agreement, Wake Forest Baptist and Hugh Chatham created a 50-50 joint venture called Alleghany Health, LLC, now the full owner of the hospital. The goal of the joint venture is to sustain fiscal stability and to enhance coordination of patient care and access to clinical services across the region.

Alleghany Health and our partners are working closely to integrate clinical and operational services to further enhance healthcare delivery for our community. In addition to the many advantages that this partnership brings – financial sustainability, increased access to a nationally ranked teaching and research hospital, and a network of physician services from a regional hospital – one of the most important and basic advantages is that our small community in the heart of the Blue Ridge mountains can continue to provide high quality health right here at home without having to drive down the mountain.


To provide top-quality healthcare services, facilitate education and wellness for healthcare needs, and coordinate healthcare services that exceed the scope of our facility.

People You Know.
Care You Trust.
Here When You Need Us.


Senior Leadership

Kathryn Doby, M.A., LPA, Chief Administrative Officer

April Maines, RN, BSN, Clinical Services Leader

Kathy Poteate, PHR, Human Resources Manager

Alleghany Health Board of Directors

Alleghany Health is served by an 8-member Board of Directors consisting of 4 local directors and 4 directors representing our partners from Wake Forest Baptist Health and Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital to ensure that the hospital is offering top quality health care at all times.

The Board of Directors meets monthly and works collaboratively with the senior management and the medical staff. They are educated about hospital departmental, financial and clinical performance, as well as regulatory issues and regional, state and national healthcare trends.

  • Rocky Proffit, Chairman
  • F. James Becher
  • Ricky Brown
  • Jena Folger
  • Paul Hammes
  • James Hoekstra, MD
  • Whitney Ivey, Vice Chair
  • Kent Thompson


Ex-officio Members

  • Kathryn Doby, Chief Administrative Officer, Alleghany Health
  • Joe Arocha, MD, President of Medical Staff
  • Shirley Richardson, Foundation Chair

Campus Renovation Update

As part of our partnership agreement, Alleghany Health began work on renovating the current facility and adding a new medical office building to the campus. Odell Associates, Inc., out of Charlotte, NC has been selected to provide architectural services. Odell Associates is an international company that specializes in healthcare projects.

In August 2020, Alleghany Health celebrated the completion of Phase I of a three-phase capital campaign renovation and construction project. Phase I included consolidation of the emergency department and inpatient area. This area includes two trauma rooms, a triage room, a fast-track room, a reception and waiting area, a decontamination room, and three inpatient rooms.

Phase II was completed in March 2021. It includes three new observation rooms, an additional fast-track room, a nourishment room to prepare patient meals, soiled and clean utility rooms, and staff/provider breakrooms.

Phase III, construction of the Medical Office Building (MOB) is well underway with expected completion slated for end of October. The MOB will consolidate primary and specialty care services, urgent care, physical therapy, pulmonary therapy, and rehabilitation services. The urgent care facility is part of the main hospital to allow patients to be triaged for treatment within urgent care and redirected if needed to the emergency department. Radiology, laboratory, and other ancillary services are in proximity for efficiency and patient convenience.

On completion, the new facility will be 1,500 square feet larger than the original hospital, incorporate contemporary design features to optimize access to care and the overall patient experience, and provide flexible clinical capacity.

Alleghany Health provides regional emergency care, inpatient treatment, and rapid transfers to tertiary medical centers when needed. The goal is to provide the highest level of health care to the community at the best possible value.

Community Health Needs Assessment

To view the 2017 Community Health Needs Report for Alleghany County, please click here.

To view our Community Health Needs Implementation Plan, please click here.


To view the 2014 Community Health Needs Report for Alleghany County, please click here.