By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN, CEO and CNO of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital
This month, I am very pleased to welcome our newest physician to the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital (BRRH), family, board-certified general surgeon Ashley Badger, MD. She comes to us from her six-year General Surgery residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.
Dr. Badger received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine, and aside from her passion for preparing patients for surgery, performing procedures and seeing them through their recovery, she has a special interest in quality improvement, devising ways to improve care for patients.
Excellence is something Dr. Badger strives for in every area, and this is reflected in the fact that she is certified in the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. She is also an active member of the American College of Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons and the National Medical Association. She will be working out of an office right here at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.
Be assured that even though the title “general surgeon” sounds all-encompassing, this specialty requires at least five years of intensive, focused training and performing surgeries that range from breast biopsies, thyroid surgeries, hernia repair and vein procedures, to appendectomies, gall bladder procedures and endoscopic tests.
I am certain that Dr. Badger will fit in well at BRRH and connect with the community quickly. In her new role, she will be treating patients and coordinating care with her colleagues here, and working within the team-based model that consistently leads to positive outcomes for patients and protects their safety most effectively. As with all of our caregivers, Dr. Badger will treat each patient she comes into contact with as an individual, whose healthcare goals are distinct from anyone else’s. Her care will not end once the surgery is completed; she will attentively provide post-surgical care to supervise patient healing, monitor them for any signs of infection and answer all questions that patients and families may have.
With determination and a united spirit, we’re taking on COVID-19 every day. I extend my sincere thanks to all of our extraordinary caregivers here at BRRH and our community for continuing to trust us to care for you.
Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN, is CEO and CNO of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.