Rutherford Regional Health System

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Rutherfordton, North Carolina

Rutherford Regional Health System is located in Rutherford County, NC, halfway between Charlotte and Asheville at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, serving a small-town community. Home to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, the area draws visitors from around the country for biking, hiking, fishing, the Dirty Dancing Festival, the Lake Lure Olympiad, and annual events and festivals held throughout the year in the area’s historic municipalities. Whether for work or play, Rutherford County offers a charming and scenic environment for all.
Population: 4,200

Service Area: 90,000

The Hospital

Founded in 1905, Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) is a 143-bed acute care facility offering convenient, accessible healthcare through offices and services in Rutherfordton, Spindale, Forest City, Mooresboro, Caroleen and Boiling Springs (Cleveland County). RRHS comprises Rutherford Regional Medical Center, Carolina Home Care, Rutherford East Family Care, OneSource Rehab, Forest City Family Care, Boiling Springs Family Care, Rutherford Children's Care, Insights Psychiatric Resources, Rutherford Orthopaedics, Chase Family Care, Cancer Resource Center, The Mammography Place, Rutherford Surgical Associates, The Clinic at Walmart, Rutherford Wound Care & Hyperbarics and Rutherford Urology.

A healthcare leader in the community, RRHS offers a host of services including, family care and pediatrics, orthopedics, general surgery services, women’s services, a cancer program, urology, rehabilitation, imaging, home care, outpatient surgery and services, behavioral health, and emergency care. The hospital also provides telehealth services for stroke patients and genetic counseling for cancer patients. Rutherford Regional Health System is fully accredited by The Joint Commission.

The Community

Rutherford Regional Health System is based in Rutherfordton, NC, one of three primary municipalities in Rutherford County along with nearby Forest City and Spindale. Rutherfordton is the county seat of Rutherford County, with a population of approximately 4,200. Established in 1787, Rutherfordton is one of the oldest towns in western North Carolina and is the longest-running continuous government in the region. This Revolutionary War-era town has managed to keep its old-time charm while keeping step with the 21st century, from the cluster of antebellum houses in the historic district at the north end of town to the fiber optic hub on the south end.

Downtown Rutherfordton is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a beautiful representation of rural western North Carolina small towns.  Its ridgetop elevations offer stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its location in the Isothermal Belt offers mild weather and outstanding beauty in four distinct seasons. The county also has been featured in blockbuster films such as Dirty Dancing and The Last of the Mohicans. Lake Lure and Chimney Rock are two of the most visited tourist destinations in North Carolina, and the county is located less than five hours from the Atlantic Ocean.


Rutherford County features a number of hiking, walking and cycling trails, as well as several scenic golf courses. Perhaps most popular, however, is the Lake Lure/Chimney Rock area home to a lake with 27 miles of shoreline and Chimney Rock State Park. The area boasts a number of bed and breakfast establishments and draws visitors from across the region for numerous outdoor festivals and cycling events.