Harris Regional Hospital holds Open House for new Emergency Department

October 7, 2017

SYLVA, N.C. – The community will get its first look at the new emergency department at Harris Regional Hospital at an open house 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, October 30th. The new facility is nearing completion and will begin serving patients in mid-November. The open house will feature tours, a ribbon-cutting, and light refreshments.

Construction on the project began in October 2015. The facility is positioned on the east end of the hospital and will feature nearly 17,000 sq. ft., more than quadrupling the size of the current emergency department. The new space will have 15 private treatment rooms. Four of the rooms can be used for patients with psychiatric illnesses awaiting transfer to behavioral health facilities. All of the rooms are designed to become easily expandable to accommodate procedures requiring additional space. One of the rooms is dedicated to receiving patients arriving by ambulance.

“We’re excited to be completing our new emergency department and thrilled to invite the community in to see it before it opens,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. “Our state-of-the-art emergency department represents our continued commitment to taking care of our community during emergent situations and beyond with acute, post-acute, primary and subspecialty care.”

Plans for a new emergency department have been in existence for more than a decade. Prior to the acquisition of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital by Duke LifePoint Healthcare in 2014, the hospitals’ foundation raised funds generously donated by the community to develop plans for the project. The agreement with Duke LifePoint included $11 million to kick-off construction and complete the emergency department.

“It was very important to our Board that we build a new emergency department for our community. We had simply outgrown the space we had been using for nearly 30 years. What we have now is what our community deserves, and we are grateful to so many who kept this vision central to our hospitals’ development,” Heatherly said.

The emergency department opening is part of an overall expansion for Harris Regional Hospital which includes the purchase of five new ambulances to serve Jackson County, the completion of the New Generations Family Birthing Center in November, diagnostic cardiac catheterization which began in August, a new CT scanner for Swain Community Hospital, and the addition of 15 physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners serving patients in a number of specialties.

For more information visit www.myharrisregional.com or call 828.586-7000.