Hospital Dedicates, Unveils Blackmon Data Center



The Blackmon Data Center at Northern Hospital was unveiled and dedicated during a ceremony on October 4th. Family and friends of Zack Blackmon, Sr., whom the Center was named in honor of, along with Hospital leaders, were on hand for the event Tuesday morning.
The Data Center marks a substantial step forward in IT infrastructure for Northern Hospital of Surry County. It is a true “State of the Art” data center built with the intent of constructing an agile, resilient and reliable location that will ensure continued IT operations in a way reminiscent of Mr. Blackmon’s efforts and pursuits in the formative days of Pike Electric. With the significant investments in IT equipment Northern Hospital had made already, it needed to have a data center to house, protect, and provide the ideal environment for its optimal performance. This new area will allow the hospital to more effectively provide power and cooling to the servers and capacity now exists for server growth for the foreseeable future as well.
Retiring from Pike Electric Corporation in 1992, Mr. Blackmon’s business experience led to other ventures including Cross Creek Country Club and the Community Bank, as a founding member of both. His work ethic and vision inspired him to take on residential and commercial real estate projects, with Mount Airy’s Hampton Inn being the crown jewel of his projects. He is a lifelong entrepreneur, avid outdoorsman and a man of great Christian faith and his endeavors reflect his passion for life and business. The Data Center is dedicated to Mr. Blackmon’s belief that education, combined with common sense and life experience, can take you wherever you want to go.
Northern Hospital of Surry County is a 133-bed, not-for-profit, governmental district facility with a number of outpatient service locations and physician offices providing infant to geriatric care throughout the community. Located in Mount Airy, North Carolina and serving the northwest Piedmont region of NC and neighboring counties in southwest Virginia, the hospital’s comprehensive array of services continually improves to meet the changing needs of its patients. For more information, please call (336) 719-7000 or visit

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