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The Fight Doesn’t End October 31

October 01, 2019

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to review our knowledge of this disease, shine a spotlight on its risks and symptoms, and raise awareness of how we can help fight it.

“JUST CHECK IT” IN HONOR OF NATIONAL PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

August 23, 2019

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and garner support for those affected by prostate cancer. In honor of this month, the Great Smokies Health Foundation, the Jackson County Department of Public Health (JCDPH), the Jackson County Department on Aging and Harris Regional Hospital, a Duke LIfePoint Hospital have come together to urge men to take charge of their health and “Just Check It.”

August 2019 Monthly Health Article

August 08, 2019

When the days get shorter, it’s a good sign that another school year is just around the corner. As you begin to tackle your back-to-school to-do lists, we’ve got a few tips to help ensure that your family is ready for another successful and healthy school term.

Minutes Matter: Knowing the Signs of Heart Disease Can Save a Life

January 30, 2019

When a heart attack strikes, every minute matters. In fact, the first few minutes are critical in determining the short-term and long-term outcome for the patient. According to the National Institutes of Health, of the people who die from heart attacks, about half will die within an hour of their first symptoms.

It’s Heart Month. Keep yours healthy!

January 25, 2019

February is American Heart Month. It’s a time when we remind ourselves to take good care of our hearts throughout the whole year. You can show your heart how much you care by eating a healthy diet and staying on top of factors that can keep your heart strong.

Harris Regional Hospital Welcomes First Baby of 2019

January 04, 2019

Harris Regional Hospital is ringing in 2019 with the year’s first bundle of joy. Weighing 8 pounds and measuring 19.5 inches, Owen Smith was born to Anna and Brett Smith, Monday, Jan. 1, at 5:30 am.

LifePoint Health and RCCH HealthCare Merger

November 16, 2018

LifePoint Health and RCCH HealthCare Partners have completed their merger and will now begin operating as one, united company under the LifePoint Health name.

LifePoint Health Donates $100K to Hurricane Relief

November 13, 2018

LifePoint Health, a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®, has contributed $100,000 toward recovery and relief efforts following Hurricanes Florence and Michael.

Are You Covered?

November 05, 2018

November 1 marked the beginning of open enrollment for 2019 health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Since debuting in 2013, the Health Insurance Marketplace has provided access to low-cost healthcare coverage for millions who would otherwise be without health insurance or who are interested in taking advantage of more cost-effective alternatives to their current coverage.

National Pharmacy Week 2018

October 22, 2018

Although medicine can make you well, it also can harm you if it is not taken the right way. That’s why you need to know all you can about all the medicine you take. While you’re at Harris Regional Hospital, the pharmacy staff is here to make sure that you receive the best and safest medications.

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are Making Communities Healthier. Here’s How.

October 09, 2018

The mission of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital is Making Communities Healthier. We are proud to partner with the communities of Jackson, Swain, Graham, and Macon counties, and the surrounding region, to achieve this mission. Our physicians, employees, volunteers, and board members work hard every day to provide the highest quality care possible for our community, collaborating with patients and family members, employers, community leaders and others to create a legacy of care that will last for generations to come.

2018 Tree of Hope

October 01, 2018

Harris Regional Hospital hosting reception October 5th to dedicate Tree of Hope honoring and remembering family members and friends.

September 2018 Monthly Health Article – Prostate Cancer Awareness

September 11, 2018

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness month and we want to share some lifesaving information with our community regarding preventive care and screenings that men need to know. As you will see in the included article, one out of every nine men in the U.S will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and although it is the second leading cause of cancer death among U.S men, it is treatable when detected early enough. Education is key is the prevention of prostate cancer so thank you for helping us share this information with our community.

Harris Regional Hospital welcomes Anne Karner, CNM

August 10, 2018

Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome certified nurse midwife Anne Karner to Harris Women’s Care. Karner has practiced in the region for the past eight years, delivering babies and caring for families from Jackson, Swain, and Macon counties.

Hospital welcomes Community Health Coordinator with mission of ‘Making Communities Healthier’

May 18, 2018

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are pleased to welcome Chelsea Burrell as wellness outreach coordinator for the hospitals. In her role, Burrell is responsible for designing wellness programs for the communities served by the hospitals. In addition, Burrell serves as the organization’s primary regional wellness liaison, interacting with local health departments, health advocacy groups, and local employers as the hospitals deliver on the mission of ‘Making Communities Healthier’.

Harris Regional and Swain Community Hospitals Name 2018 Mercy Award Winner

May 15, 2018

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital recently announced that Toby Moore has been recognized as the hospital’s 2018 Mercy Award winner. The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.

Ascent Partnership 2018

May 05, 2018

SYLVA, NC - Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are joining Western Carolina University to announce a call for applicants for The Ascent Partnership nurse practitioner tuition support program for the 2018-2020 cohort group.

The Heart of the Patient Experience

April 23, 2018

The mission of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital is Making Communities Healthier, and that starts with providing the highest quality care possible to you, our neighbors in this wonderful community we call home. A big part of delivering healthcare you can count on is creating positive experiences for our patients and their families – starting from the moment you walk through our doors.

Harris Regional Hospital to offer free Lunch & Learn May 10

April 19, 2018

Franklin, N.C. – Harris Regional Hospital will offer a free educational event on ‘Boomeritis And The Aging Athlete’ on Thursday, May 10 at the Southwestern Community College, Macon Campus, room 111 from noon to 1:00 p.m. Orthopaedic physician Dr. William Handley will present the session. Lunch will be served. Please call 844.414.DOCS (3627) to register.

Please join us in congratulating Melanie Gibson in being our newest winner of The DAISY Award.

April 03, 2018

Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to announce that Melanie Gibson, RN has been named as the hospital’s latest ‘DAISY Award’ winner. The DAISY Award is a nationwide recognition program that celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care demonstrated by nurses in hospitals across the United States. It was established by the family of Patrick J. Barnes in his memory.

Harris Regional Hospital welcomes Frederick Dressler, MD to Harris Cardiology

March 27, 2018

SYLVA, N.C. – Harris Regional Hospital, a Duke LifePoint hospital, is pleased to welcome Frederick Dressler, MD to Harris Cardiology, a Duke LifePoint physician practice located on the second floor of the hospital. Dr. Dressler joins Francis Nullet, MD and Hamid Nawaz, MD in providing comprehensive cardiovascular care.

Go Further with Food; Get the most out of what you’re eating and reduce food waste

March 06, 2018

“You are what you eat.” We’ve all heard it, and many of us have jokingly used the common saying amongst one another. But there really is a kernel of truth there. Eating healthy can help us be healthy. There’s never a bad time to talk about healthy eating, but March is an especially good opportunity because it’s National Nutrition Month® – a time to focus on making smart food choices, establishing healthy eating habits and ensuring that we are doing what we can to reduce food waste.

Is It Time for a Colonoscopy? What to know about colorectal cancer and how to protect yourself

March 06, 2018

Do you remember when you used to put on your favorite bell bottoms and disco dance the night away? If you do, then it’s probably time to think about a routine colonoscopy screening. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women, excluding skin cancers. And the vast majority of these cases occur in people 50 and older.

Harris Regional Hospital to offer free dinner and educational talk March 20

March 02, 2018

Cashiers, N.C. – Harris Regional Hospital will offer a free educational event on orthopaedic services, physicians and solutions at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library located at 249 Frank Allen Road in Cashiers. Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Anthony McPherron will present the session. Dinner will be served. Please call 844.414.DOCS (3627) to register.

Cashiers Community Forum, Tuesday, February 27th

February 13, 2018

CASHIERS, N.C. – Harris Regional Hospital will hold a community forum from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 27 at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library located at 249 Frank Allen Road.

Job Fair at Harris Regional Hospital: February 6 from 4-7pm

January 23, 2018

SYLVA – Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital will hold a job fair from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6 in the lobby of the new Harris Emergency Department, located at the front of Harris Regional Hospital.

Small wins The DAISY Award for nursing excellence

January 18, 2018

Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to announce that Jessica Small, RN has been named as the hospital’s latest ‘DAISY Award’ winner. The DAISY Award is a nationwide recognition program that celebrates extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care demonstrated by nurses in hospitals across the United States.

Harris Regional Hospital to hold community forums

January 08, 2018

SYLVA, NC – Harris Regional Hospital will hold two community forums at the Jackson County Library in downtown Sylva to share updates on hospital services, expansions of services through the 2018 strategic plan, and results from the hospitals’ quality outcomes.

Harris Regional Hospital Welcomes First Baby of 2018

January 02, 2018

Harris Regional Hospital is ringing in 2018 with the year’s first bundle of joy. Weighing 6 pounds and 10 ounces and measuring 19 inches, Adeline was born to Kimberly and Robert Reed of Highlands Monday, Jan. 1, at 10:20 a.m.

National EMS Milestone

December 18, 2017

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are pleased to announce that National Registered Paramedics (NRPs) Steve Rice, Eric Hester, and Tony Belcher have achieved 20 consecutive years of national certification through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Harris Regional Hospital welcomes first Ascent Partnership graduate

October 20, 2017

The inaugural beneficiary of an educational award program sponsored by Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital is now on the job serving patients at Harris Regional Hospital Urgent Care Center, in the Walmart Plaza in Sylva, after completing the nurse practitioner program at Western Carolina University.

Hospital leaders earn national safety credential

September 28, 2017

The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) recently recognized Lee Ann Manthorne, DO, who serves as Chief of Medical Staff for Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, and Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, each as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS).

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.

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 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 01, 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.

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.

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

September 08, 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.

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

June 03, 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.

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

April 04, 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.

Colorectal Cancer: Know the Symptoms, Know the Risks

March 03, 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.

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’.