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Solar Eclipse 101: Everything you need to know before the big day

August 7, 2017

For months, news streams across the country have been filled with commentary about The Great American Solar Eclipse that will cross over 14 states in August. And for good reason. The natural phenomenon is rare in and of itself, requiring perfect alignment of the earth, moon, and sun, and, according to scientists, often occurs over water sources or other locations uninhabited by humans.

Back to school is a great time to head back to the doctor

August 2, 2017

Nothing screams “back to school” like taking your kids for an annual physical or routine vaccinations. And while it may not be the brightest part of summer, pediatricians with Harris Regional and Swain Community hospitals says it’s essential.

Harris Regional Hospital welcomes three nurse midwives and pediatrician and expands to Franklin

July 24, 2017

Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to announce the expansion of women’s and children’s care in western North Carolina with the addition of three certified nurse midwives and a pediatrician. The hospital has also established a full-time presence for obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics at Harris Regional Hospital Medical Park of Franklin located at 55 Holly Springs Park Drive.

Harris Regional Hospital welcomes Ryan Wade, MD to Harris Pediatric Care

July 17, 2017

Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome Ryan Wade, MD to Harris Pediatric Care August 14. Dr. Wade joins Charles Toledo, MD, Nicholas Jernigan, MD, and Joshua Alweiss, MD at the practice located at Harris Medical Park, 98 Doctors Drive in Sylva. Harris Pediatric Care is also expanding to Macon County August 1 with an office at Harris Regional Hospital Medical Park of Franklin located at 55 Holly Springs Park Drive.

Summer Safety: Tips to keep your summer fun and injury free

July 1, 2017

Summer. School’s out, and so is the sun. With the days at their longest and brightest, many of us are taking advantage of the season, soaking up vitamin D and spending as much time in the fresh summer air as we can – whether that means planning a vacation to the beach, getting out on the water, organizing pick-up games in the park or embarking on early evening walks with the family.

Harris Regional Hospital supports community during labor and delivery transition

April 27, 2017

SYLVA AND FRANKLIN, N.C. – Harris Regional Hospital, a Duke LifePoint Healthcare hospital, is committed to caring for the people of western North Carolina with a full range of acute care and outpatient services, ranging from heart care to important women’s services like obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN). We currently serve families in locations close to work and school in Sylva, Franklin, and Bryson City, saving time and travel for our community members.

Harris Regional Hospital launches pet therapy program

April 11, 2017

SYLVA – Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to provide pet therapy for patients and families in partnership with certified dog trainer Jane Finneran and her four-year old Sheltie named Kahlua.

Harris Regional Hospital’s five new ambulances arrive

February 21, 2017

Harris Regional Hospital has received five new ambulances to serve county Emergency Medical Services (EMS) which have been operated by the hospital as Harris EMS in partnership with Jackson County for more than 20 years. The ambulances replace older trucks in the hospital’s fleet which have been taken out of service.

Harris Regional and Swain Community Hospitals Achieve New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

February 13, 2017

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital have received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), the accrediting arm of the American College of Cardiology. This comes as great news to our communities as Harris and Swain continue to stay committed to the needs of our community and having the education, skill set and awareness to care for higher acuity cardiac events.

When It Comes to Your Heart, Play Smart!

February 1, 2017

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, one in four people die of heart disease every year. That’s why it’s important to play smart with your heart. And there are a couple of simple, practical things you can do to stay on top of your heart game.

Harris Regional Hospital Limits Visitation Due to Seasonal Flu Outbreak

January 20, 2017

Due to high levels of respiratory viruses in the community, Harris Regional Hospital is implementing seasonal influenza precautions. Visiting restrictions will be in place during peak flu season, which generally lasts through the first of April, and Harris Regional Hospital is asking that the following people do not visit during this time:

Harris Surgical Associates expands to Harris Regional Hospital Medical Park of Franklin and Swain Community Hospital

January 19, 2017

FRANKLIN and BRYSON CITY – Harris Surgical Associates, a Duke LifePoint physician practice owned and operated by Harris Regional Hospital, is pleased to announce an expansion to Harris Regional Hospital Medical Park of Franklin and Swain Community Hospital, The expansion will provide patients access to pre-operative and post-operative appointments close to home.

Harris Regional Hospital Welcomes First Baby of 2017

January 2, 2017

Harris Regional Hospital is ringing in 2017 with the year’s first bundle of joy. Liam Quinn Connor was born to Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez and Eric Connor Sunday, Jan. 1, shortly after 8:00 a.m.

Senior Life Solutions: Providing resources for seasonal depression

December 12, 2016

The staff of Senior Life Solutions, an intensive outpatient program providing psychiatric services at Swain Community Hospital, will provide education to the community 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, December 15 in the main lobby of Harris Regional Hospital and Thursday, December 22 in the main lobby of Swain Community Hospital.

Harris Cardiology opening at Harris Regional Hospital January 9

December 9, 2016

Harris Regional Hospital, a Duke LifePoint hospital, is pleased to announce the January 9 opening of Harris Cardiology, a full-service cardiology practice located on the second floor of the hospital alongside Harris Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.

Tree of Remembrance

November 17, 2016

Harris Regional Hospital Palliative Care and Hospice invites you to join us for a special memorial service as we celebrate the lives of family members, friends, and loved ones who are no longer with us. December 1 at 4:30 in the Harris Regional Hospital Main Lobby

Hospitals’ Patient Safety Officer earns national safety credential

November 16, 2016

The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) recently recognized Tiffany Brackett, Director of Quality and Regulatory for Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS). Brackett also serves as the hospitals’ patient safety officer.

Wildfires, Smoke and Your Health

November 8, 2016

Wildfires have been occurring in the western region of North Carolina, producing dense smoke and reducing visibility. Healthy individuals are not at major risk from smoke resulting from these wildfires. However, it is a good idea to avoid breathing smoke if at all possible.

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Do You Mammo?

September 30, 2016

In 2016, more than 246,000 American women will develop invasive breast cancer – that’s one in eight women. They will become part of more than 2.8 million people who are living with a history of breast cancer, whether that means they are currently in treatment or have completed treatment. While breast cancer incidence rates have been declining since the year 2000, those numbers remain too high.

Hospitals’ Chief Nurse earns patient safety credential

September 23, 2016

The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) recently recognized Anetra Jones, chief nurse executive for Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS).

Western Carolina University, Harris Regional Hospital, Swain Community Hospital announce five-year exclusive partnership; hospitals become official healthcare provider for Catamount Athletics

September 8, 2016

Western Carolina University, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital today announced a five-year partnership for athletics stemming from The Ascent Partnership created last fall. With the agreement the hospitals become the exclusive healthcare provider for Catamount Athletics, covering all sports, athletes, and seasons.

Harris Regional Hospital welcomes third general surgeon this Fall

August 8, 2016

Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome Joshua Pratt, DO to Harris Surgical Associates, a Duke LifePoint physician practice, in September. Dr. Pratt will join Billy Noell, MD and Eric Reitz, MD in providing expert surgical care to the region. Harris Surgical Associates can be reached at (828) 586-3976.

Five Tips to Keep Your Family Healthy During the Hustle and Bustle of the School Year

August 1, 2016

The dog days of summer are coming to a close, and that means it’s time to get ready for the hustle and bustle of another school year – trading in Saturday afternoons at the pool for homework, ballgames and that seemingly never-ending to-do list around the house. As we countdown to the start of the new school year, Harris Regional and Swain Community Hospital’s want to offer five quick tips to help keep your family healthy and happy.

Harris Regional Hospital celebrates record participation in annual family wellness program

July 15, 2016

Harris Regional Hospital is celebrating record participation in its annual free family wellness program known as ‘Blast Off!’ in partnership with the Jackson County Health Department and Western Carolina University. The program, coordinated by the hospital’s health management department, is focused on providing families with tools to build nutrition and physical activity habits to stay healthy and prevent chronic health conditions.

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital welcome Chip Thompson, MD to provide pain management services

July 12, 2016

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are pleased to welcome Chip Thompson, MD to the medical staff. Dr. Thompson, board certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Anesthesiology, will provide pain management services at the Swain Pain Center at Swain Community Hospital and the newly-opened Harris Pain Center at Harris Regional Hospital beginning August 22.

Harris Regional Hospital to Expand Cardiology Services

June 27, 2016

Asheville Cardiology Associates to close Sylva office - Harris Regional Hospital, a Duke LifePoint hospital, has announced plans to significantly expand cardiology services in Sylva, Jackson County, and the surrounding region with the addition of needed diagnostic, treatment, and monitoring services, as well as stress testing and echocardiography, seven days a week.

Connie Borgerding, DO joins Harris Medical Associates in providing family care to community.

June 21, 2016

Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome board certified family physician Connie Borgerding, DO to Harris Medical Associates located at Harris Medical Park, 98 Doctors Drive. Dr. Borgerding joins Lee Ann Manthorne, DO, Steven Queen, MD, Randall Provost, MD, Elizabeth Dixon, MD, Ana Maria Gonzalez, MD and Gray Erlacher, MD in providing primary care to the community

Harris Regional Hospital announces community paramedicine program

June 9, 2016

– Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to announce a new program known as ‘community paramedicine’ to serve local patients returning home from the hospital. In the program Harris Regional Hospital EMS paramedics conduct home visits with patients 24 to 48 hours after discharge from the hospital. The goal of each visit is to ensure the patient has made a successful transition from hospital to home and to check on any needs he or she may have.

From Urgent Care Centers to Walk-In Clinics, Which One is Right for You?

June 3, 2016

From urgent care centers to walk-in clinics, trips to the family doctor or emergency room visits – there are more healthcare options to choose from than ever before. And while having more choices is definitely a plus, Harris Regional Hospital realizes that it also can be confusing when it comes to selecting the right option at the right time.

National Hospital Week Celebrates Healthcare from the Heart

May 9, 2016

For one week every year, the nation’s healthcare leaders pause to celebrate and recognize the millions of healthcare professionals – from dieticians to physicians, administrative support to engineers – who make safe, high quality, compassionate healthcare available in communities across the country

Celebrating Our Nurses during National Nurses Week

May 2, 2016

Across the country, there are millions of nurses united by a deep desire to care for others in their greatest times of need. They are the compassionate faces at the bedside and the healing hands that work tirelessly to ensure that each patient receives safe, quality care.

Take Care of the Skin You’re In: May is Melanoma Awareness Month

April 28, 2016

During the month of May, the spring season is in full bloom, and summer is just around the corner. This time of year, many people begin to spend more time outside, enjoying longer daylight hours and abundant sunshine. While this might seem harmless, it’s important to take care of the skin you’re in and protect it from the sun’s damaging rays.

Harris Pulmonary and Sleep Center Outages

April 18, 2016

Harris Pulmonary and Sleep Center experienced a brief phone and internet outage this morning due to the current construction of the Harris Regional emergency department. All appointments will continue as scheduled but have been moved to Harris Medical Associates located on the second floor of the Harris Medical Park. Please call (828) 586-7994

Allergy Season is Upon Us: Tips to Keep Your Sniffling and Sneezing in Check

April 4, 2016

You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers. But they also bring pollen, ragweed and a slew of other wheeze-, sneeze-, and sniffle-inducing allergens. At Harris Regional Hospital we’re committed to making communities healthier, and one way we do that is by helping you manage your springtime allergies.

Harris Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine to offer free Lunch & Learn April 4

March 11, 2016

Harris Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine will offer a free educational event on arthritic knees and knee replacement at noon on Monday, April 4, at the Medical Park of Franklin located at 55 Holly Springs Park Drive in Franklin. Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Ryan Slechta will present the session. Lunch will be served. Please call 631-8894 to register.

Colorectal Cancer: Know the Symptoms, Know the Risks

March 3, 2016

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancers are the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the U.S.

Zika Virus FAQ's and Information

February 25, 2016

Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika.

Swain Family Care welcomes physician assistant Vicki McCormack

February 4, 2016

Swain Family Care is pleased to welcome certified physician assistant Vicki McCormack who will begin seeing patients in mid-March joining Tammy Johnston, MD, David Johnston, MD, pediatrician Brooke Budde, DO, and certified physician assistant Danny Mingus.

Gray Erlacher, MD joins Harris Medical Associates

February 4, 2016

Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome board certified family physician Gray Erlacher, MD to Harris Medical Associates located at Harris Medical Park, 98 Doctors Drive.

Harris Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine to offer free Lunch & Learn February 5

January 29, 2016

Harris Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine will offer a free educational event on Total Shoulder Replacement at noon on Friday, February 5 in the Harris Regional Hospital boardroom on the second floor of the hospital. Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Douglas Gates will present the session. Lunch will be served. Please call 631-8894 to register.

Harris Regional Hospital hosting September Tuesdays to Thrive with Olympian Manteo Mitchell

August 27, 2015

Sylva – Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to announce the September Tuesdays to Thrive event entitled “Your Map to Outdoor Safety”, which will feature Olympian and WCU Alumni Manteo Mitchell. The event will take place in the Harris Regional Hospital cafeteria on September 15th and begin with a meal at 5:30. The cost to attend the event is $5 which includes a healthy meal.

Batchelor Wins 2015 Mercy Award

August 24, 2015

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital recently announced that Melanie Batchelor , MHS, RD, LDN, CDE, Wellness Coordinator & Diabetes Educator has been recognized as the hospital’s 2015 Mercy Award winner.

Physician Practice Unveil New Identities to Reflect Affiliation with Harris Regional Hospital, Swain Community Hospital and Duke LifePoint Healthcare

July 24, 2015

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, both Duke LifePoint hospitals, announced that their employed physician practices will feature new names that highlight their association with the hospitals. The name changes will also reflect their affiliation with Duke LifePoint Healthcare, as each practice will be labeled ‘A Duke LifePoint Physician Practice’.

Harris Regional Hospital welcomes Clayton Davis, MD to Center for Family Medicine - Franklin

July 20, 2015

Franklin – Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome Clayton Davis, MD to Center for Family Medicine – Franklin. Dr. Davis will begin seeing patients on August 3. Center for Family Medicine – Franklin is located in the Harris Regional Hospital Medical Park of Franklin at 55 Holly Springs Drive. The physicians and staff at Center for Family Medicine, have been serving Macon County with high quality healthcare for years.

Increase in Flu Causes Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital to Start Visitation Restrictions

June 29, 2015

Sylva & Bryson City, NC – Due to the rising number of flu cases in our surrounding communities and facilities, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital have begun limiting visitors to the hospitals in order to reduce the risk of transmitting the flu to our patients, visitors, and staff. Restrictions will apply to visitors 12 years old and under and any visitor with symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, cough, sore throat, etc.).

Harris Regional Welcomes First Babies of 2015

January 2, 2015

Harris Regional Hospital was pleased to welcome twin girls Sangelina and Klarajane Hernandez on Friday, January 2, the first babies born at the hospital in 2015.