Harris Regional Hospital Welcomes First Baby of 2019

January 4, 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.

We were so excited to meet Owen.” said mom, Anna. “The physicians, nurses and staff at Harris Regional Hospital all helped to make this such a special and memorable experience for us as we welcomed our sixth child into the world. The family approach was so appreciated and we are grateful that we understood what was going on every stop of the way.


The New Generations Family Birthing Center at Harris Regional Hospital is committed to providing high quality, compassionate care close to home for new and expecting parents in the region. The birthing center offers a state-of-the-art labor and delivery unit, newly completed mother/baby rooms, infant level II nursery and caesarean suite that was built to better accommodate expecting mothers and their families.

Along with facility updates, the birthing center is nationally recognized from the March of Dimes for giving babies a healthier start to life by reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries to less than one percent (1%), the North Carolina Maternity Center by achieving the 4-star Breastfeeding-Friendly designation.

“It is our privilege to provide a safe, comforting and welcoming environment for our newest and littlest community members,” said Sally Schaefer at Harris Regional Hospital. “Our team of expert clinical and support staff are dedicated to ensuring that every patient and his or her family have a positive experience during this special time.”

The New Generations Family Birthing Center is located at on the third floor of Harris Regional Hospital located at 68 Hospital Road in Sylva. To learn more about the birthing center, classes and education available to expectant mothers and families, please call 828.586.7907, or visit MyHarrisRegional.com

About Harris Regional 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.