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’.

A native of Swain County, Burrell received a master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro after completing undergraduate studies at North Carolina State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, minoring in Spanish. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in health and human performance from Concordia University Chicago. Burrell is a certified health coach.

For the past two years Burrell has served as an adjunct professor in the College of Education and Allied Professions at Western Carolina University, teaching health and wellness and stress management. She has also been an instructor in general psychology and health at Southwestern Community College.

“We are excited to welcome Chelsea to our hospitals as we connect with individuals and groups focused on improving personal and organizational health,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. “Chelsea’s experience in providing education that motivates each of us to get healthier will be important in serving our communities in Jackson, Swain, Graham, and Macon counties, and the surrounding area.”

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital have served local school systems and employers with customized wellness programs over the last several years resulting in measurable improvements for those enrolled in the programs.

To contact Burrell or for more information call 828.586.7391