Beaver College of Health Sciences: Creating a Learning Community Together

Dr. Zachary Hollis ’02 talks about why you should donate to outfit the new building, giving students the best equipment for hands-on learning and laboratory simulation. Since graduating from Appalachian State University, Hollis forged an advanced medical career and became a clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellow at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Instrumental to the continued success of the college are the partnerships that connect BCHS to the communities it serves. The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System has been a strong proponent of the BCHS from the very beginning and pledged to support Appalachian‘s mission in health services research and education.

Appalachian’s partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Health and Wake Forest School of Medicine is the first public-private partnership for health care education and training in North Carolina. In 2014 ,BCHS welcomed the first physician assistant cohort from Wake Forest to Appalachian’s campus and is currently exploring innovative partnerships in nursing education, nutrition, and speech-language pathology.

At the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, researchers from BCHS are investigating advancements in biotechnology, nutrition and health. As they obtain significant research grants and publish their findings nationally and internationally, they impact public health and wellness far beyond our state borders.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC Institute of Health and Human Services resides within BCHS and serves to connect faculty, staff, and students with community partners to create and expand interprofessional research, outreach, and clinical services and facilitate greater opportunities for student training. Telehealth programming and mobile health outreach will operate out of the clinic, in collaboration with regional health providers, to improve access to care for underserved rural populations and to build a regional culture of wellness through educational and preventative services.