Harris Regional Hospital participates in new program for cancer survivors

August 23, 2016

SYLVA, N.C. – 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. The program is built on a series of four free classes that help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care.

Studies conducted over the last decade indicate cancer survivors can experience a physical and psychological burden in making the transition from cancer patient to cancer survivor. Sherri Watterson, physical therapy assistant and certified lymphedema therapist at Harris Regional Hospital, recently achieved certification in becoming a trainer for the program which is made possible by grant support from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Duke Endowment, and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

The free classes will begin on Friday, September 30 and run Fridays weekly through October. The classes will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the private dining room at Harris Regional Hospital and will cover topics such as the importance of exercise after treatment, the need for emotional and social support, and specialized nutrition needs. Classes are open to participants who have completed treatment within the past 12 months. Classes are limited to 15 participants and are also open to caregivers.  To register call 1-844-414-DOCS. Class leaders will contact participants to confirm a few weeks before the meetings begin.

“We are excited to provide the Cancer Transitions program locally. Sherri Watterson has a passion for helping patients celebrate survivorship by learning strategies to help them thrive during this important time of healing and in the years ahead,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital.

Management and monitoring of other health conditions cancer patients experienced before and during treatment, such as diabetes and heart disease are also important and will be covered in a special class on medical management.

About Harris Regional Hospital & Swain Community Hospital

Harris Regional Hospital, established in 1925, is an 86-bed acute and specialty care facility serving Western North Carolina with more than 100 physicians practicing in locations throughout a multi-county region, including Harris Regional Hospital Medical Park of Franklin, an outpatient facility in Macon County.

Swain Community Hospital, established in 1950, is a 48-bed Critical Access Hospital serving a multi-county region with primary care, emergency medicine and subspecialty care including a pain clinic and a transitional care unit. Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital began an affiliation in 1997 and joined Duke LifePoint Healthcare in 2014.

About Duke LifePoint Healthcare

Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System, Inc. and LifePoint Health® (NASDAQ: LPNT), was established to build a dynamic network of hospitals and healthcare providers. The joint venture, which brings together LifePoint's experience in community-based hospital management and Duke's world-renowned leadership in patient safety and clinical quality systems, is strengthening and improving healthcare delivery by providing community hospitals the clinical, quality and operational resources they need to grow and prosper.