It probably feels as if coronavirus – or as it is officially known, COVID-19 – is all anyone is talking about these days. As COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses like the seasonal flu continue to spread across the U.S., you also may feel a certain level of concern over how this disease could affect you or your loved ones, or if your local healthcare provider is prepared to respond to any local cases that may arise. That’s certainly understandable and natural. We want to provide you with essential information outlining what we are doing to stay prepared and offer you guidance on what you can do to help protect yourself, your family and our community.
Harris Regional Hospital EMS is sponsoring a free health fair at the Savannah Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday, March 11 from 2 to 7 pm. The health fair is designed to provide information and medical screenings to the members of Jackson County.
It’s a scene many of us can recall. You arrive home from school, rush to your bedroom and tune your boombox to your favorite radio station. You pop in a blank cassette tape, or one you’ve recorded over so many times before, to capture the songs you love – or the songs you hope someone else will love, too.
Have you made any resolutions yet? As the calendar turns to a fresh page, many of us make a fresh resolve to eat better, do better and be better. Have you ever thought about making a resolution to sleep better? It’s one you may want to consider.
In 2019, more than a dozen new physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners began practicing in Jackson, Swain, and Macon counties. Specialties include pulmonology and sleep medicine, cardiology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, primary care, and wound care. Eight additional physicians and providers are scheduled to start in 2020. Specialties include cardiology, orthopaedics, primary care, general surgery, vascular surgery, and women’s care.
Due to high levels of respiratory viruses in the community, Harris Regional Hospital has implemented seasonal influenza precautions. Visitation restrictions will be in place during peak flu season, which generally lasts through the first of April.
Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to share that Joshua Wu, DO, has joined its staff and will be offering orthopaedic services to patients in Sylva, Franklin and the WNC region. Dr. Wu is the second orthopaedic physician to join Harris Regional Hospital this year as the hospital continues to grow its orthopaedic and sports medicine program.
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.
As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Harris Breast Care is hosting a reception on Friday, October 3 from 12 – 1 pm in the first-floor lobby at Harris Medical Park at 98 Doctors Drive in Sylva to dedicate the Tree of Hope to honor and remember breast cancer patients.
Harris Regional Hospital and Appalachian Mountain Community Health Centers (AMCHC) have partnered to provide physical therapy onsite at the AMCHC Tallulah Community Health Center in Robbinsville beginning October 21.
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.”
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.
Harris Regional Hospital will offer a free educational event entitled Running 101: Essentials for Success at noon on Monday, April 22 in the Harris Regional Hospital boardroom on the first floor of the hospital. Physical therapist Jared Sonnier will present the session. Lunch will be served. Please call 844.414.DOCS (3627) to register.
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.
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.
Due to high levels of respiratory viruses in the community, Harris Regional Hospital is implementing seasonal influenza precautions. Visitation restrictions will be in place during peak flu season, which generally lasts through the first of April.
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 2019 fall semester start.
Harris Regional Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Harris Regional Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.
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.
Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital announced today the launch of a toll-free helpline designed to help Medicare beneficiaries select a health plan that fits their needs and budget while also keeping in-network access to the doctors and hospital services they trust.
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.
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.
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 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.
Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are pleased to join Southwestern Community College in announcing a new program designed to support the clinical education of nurses and certified nursing aides in the region, and to develop the local economy by retaining talent to serve patients in the hospitals.
For the second consecutive year Harris Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center earned a nationally-measured award for clinical performance and patient satisfaction. The recognition accompanies the center’s participation in the fifth annual Wound Care Awareness Week through June 8.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
SYLVA and BRYSON CITY – Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are pleased to welcome Crystal Gordon as Chief Nursing Officer, serving as the hospitals’ executive level nurse leader. In the role, Gordon is responsible for all aspects of nursing leadership to ensure the highest quality care in the safest environment.
Your heart is one of the hardest working muscles you’ve got. It ticks around the clock to keep you alive and only gets a break when you’re relaxing or sleeping. With so much riding on this essential muscle, it’s important to treat it smart.
SYLVA – Harris Regional Hospital, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will hold a blood drive 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 30. The blood drive will be held outside the hospital’s main lobby.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Staff caring for patients on Harris Regional Hospital’s medical-surgical and orthopaedic units have won the quarterly Blue Ribbon Award presented to departments receiving the highest scores on patient satisfaction surveys.
Harris Regional Hospital, a Duke LifePoint hospital, is pleased to welcome Alvin Strasburger, MD to Harris Women’s Care, a Duke LifePoint physician practice located at 70 The Village Overlook across the street from the hospital.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
SYLVA, NC - Harris Regional Hospital has announced that the New Generations Family Birthing Center at Harris Regional Hospital has received the North Carolina Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation from the North Carolina Division of Public Health.
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.
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 has been recognized by the March of Dimes for its work to give babies a healthier start in life. Harris Regional Hospital earned the recognition after successfully reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy to less than one percent (1%)
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.
Through its longstanding partnership with Jackson County, Harris Regional Hospital has purchased five new ambulances to serve the county Emergency Medical Services (EMS) which have been operated by the hospital as Harris EMS for the past 20 years.
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 is pleased to announce its participation in the national ‘Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment’ program in collaboration with The Wellness Community and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to announce its partnership with Mark’s HealthMart Pharmacy of Sylva to provide bedside prescription delivery to patients before they are discharged from the hospital.
Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are pleased to provide outpatient nutrition therapy and diabetes education at Harris Medical Associates, Swain Family Care, and Harris Family Care – Franklin.
Harris Regional Hospital has provided a new scoreboard for the Carr Hooper Stadium and Babe Howell Field at Smoky Mountain High School as part of its longstanding commitment to Mustangs athletes, families and fans.
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.
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.
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.
Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital have successfully earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for hospital accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
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’.