Hickory, N. C., is located primarily in Catawba County, with parts extending into Burke and Caldwell counties. Founded in 1850, the city is known for its craftsmanship, attention to detail, and knowledge of natural resources.
Frye Regional Medical Center, serving a population of more than 350,000, is a 355-bed acute care hospital and comprehensive healthcare system that has been serving the health and medical needs of the Catawba Valley region since 1911. Located in downtown Hickory, Frye is committed to delivering high quality and compassionate care with a focus on patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes.
The Heart Center at Frye is home to the most extensive array of heart and vascular services in the Unifour area, which includes Catawba, Caldwell, Burke and Alexander counties. Frye is the only hospital within 48 miles of Hickory to offer 24/7 interventional cardiology and open heart surgery and is an American Heart Association Mission Lifeline STEMI Receiving Facility. The advanced team at Frye can diagnose and treat advanced heart conditions without transferring patients to a distant facility.
In addition to the Heart Center, Frye's main hospital campus includes an accredited, full-service cancer center, a nationally accredited bariatric surgery program, emergency services, advanced orthopedics, neurosciences, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, a pain management center, and 5th Avenue, a luxury women's birthing center and a pediatric unit. The system also includes the Frye South Campus, an inpatient adult behavioral health treatment center designed to provide therapeutic stabilization.
The FryeCare Physicians Network offers a range of primary care and specialty care providers to manage the health and well-being of the region's residents. With more than 60 providers providing services including cardiology, pulmonology, vascular care, obstetrics and gynecology, urgent care, internal medicine and primary care, the FryeCare Physicians Network spans the Unifour with practices and experienced providers.
An "All- America City" and recognized as a "Most Livable Place to Live," the Hickory, N.C., area is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The region boasts a long history of craftsmanship, and is perhaps best known as one of the top producing furniture communities in the nation.
Dotted with quaint downtowns that boast shopping, dining and recreation options, the region is becoming known for its growing number of vineyards and as a progressive and forward-thinking community that is investing $40 million to create greenspaces, including a Riverwalk, for residents and visitors to enjoy.
The schools are well regarded and include a range of educational options. Lenoir-Rhyne University is located in Hickory, and other universities nearby include Appalachian State University, Davidson, Wake Forest University, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Charlotte, and Gardner-Webb University.
The vibrant region near the mountains offers close proximity to a number of cities in North Carolina, and a wealth of recreational and cultural opportunities.
Located an hour from Charlotte, Asheville, Winston-Salem and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Hickory has a temperate climate and wonderful natural resources, including Lake Hickory and the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, which includes the pristine Blue Ridge Parkway.
The area's cultural centers include the SALT Block (Catawba Science Center, Hickory Choral Society, Hickory Museum of Art, United Arts Council of Catawba County, Western Piedmont Symphony), a planetarium, and numerous musical venues.
The Hickory Crawdads, a Class A South Atlantic League affiliate of the Texas Rangers, is a popular way to enjoy the nation's favorite pastime. Hickory is also home to the Hickory Motor Speedway, which is nationally known as the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars.