New Generations Newborns

Anna LeFiles | 

 The New Generations Family Birthing Center at Harris Regional Hospital is excited to announce the birth of Anna LeFiles, born October 29th, weighing seven pounds, two ounces as the newest New Generations Newborn! Proud parents, Jessi and Brice from Balsam, were thankful to have been able to celebrate the birth of Anna in Harris Regional Hospital’s newly renovated birthing center and couldn’t thank the staff and providers enough for the excellent care they both received, as well as baby Anna.

“Everyone here from the nurses to the providers took the time to answer every question we had and made sure we felt comfortable every step of the way. I would highly recommend the New Generations Family Birthing Center to any family that was expecting. We can’t say enough great things about this hospital and the staff.”

Congratulations to the LeFiles family and thank you for allowing
us to join you in the celebration of Anna’s very first birthday.


Orin Peed 

Physicians and staff delivered the first baby in the new C-section suite on May 31, 2018 and Jennifer and James Peed of Sylva welcomed Orin Zachary Peed to their family surrounded by a dedicated team of experienced physicians, nurses and operating room technicians. The new suite is co-located on the third floor providing more efficient access to Labor and Delivery and the Mother-Baby unit of New Generations Family Birthing Center.

“It’s so great to see the hospital that I was born in making such remarkable steps towards caring for the community and creating an environment where mothers feel like every detail was thought of” said mother Jennifer Peed. “Knowing the C-section suite was in the birthing center  and on the same floor helped ease any nervousness my husband and I were experiencing about the upcoming delivery – we knew that everything we did need and would need would be all right there in one place”

Orin's birth marked the completion for the final phase of construction on the New Generations Family Birthing Center at Harris Regional Hospital after a $5.5 million renovation made possible through the Duke LifePoint Healthcare partnership. 

The New Generations Family Birthing Center is located on the hospital’s third floor where babies have been delivered to families from across the region for decades. The initial renovation began in 2013 with $600,000 in funding provided by the hospital’s legacy foundation with donations from the community, sponsors, and proceeds from fundraisers. Renovations have included a new Labor and Delivery area, updated patient rooms and nursing stations, and the addition of an operating room for Caesarean-section deliveries. 

“It’s exciting to serve families with the completion of our new birthing center. This project demonstrates the commitment Duke LifePoint Healthcare made to our region when Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital joined the organization four years ago,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. “Harris Regional Hospital, with a strong commitment to women’s and children’s services, is a hub for healthcare in western North Carolina and it is our privilege to serve families with the highest quality care in a beautiful, updated environment.”

Physicians and staff at the New Generations Family Birthing Center have access to the most up-to-date technology for delivering and caring for babies, and taking care of mothers. Nurses have attained national certifications in mother-baby care and continue to pursue additional education through Duke University Health System and the Association of Women’s Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Sabine Kelischek, MD, Megan Metcalf, MD, Alvin Strasburger, MD, certified nurse midwives Sally Inglesby-Schaefer, Rani Khan, and Judi Layton, all of Harris Women’s Care provide OB/GYN care. Charles Toledo, MD, Nicholas Jernigan, MD, Joshua Alweiss, MD, Ryan Wade, MD, and Brittany Rogers, NP all of Harris Pediatric Care, and Brooke Budde, DO of Swain Family Care are the pediatricians serving babies and families. Kathy Walsh, NP with Harris Women’s Care provides care to mothers.

Child-birthing classes, breastfeeding education and unit tours are offered in addition to certified lactation consultants in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. 

Congratulations to the Peed family on their newest bundle of joy. We are honored to have been able to celebrate Orin's very first birthday with you and your family!

Aiden James

The New Generations Family Birthing Center at Harris Regional Hospital is excited to introduce Aiden James, born May 21, weighing seven pounds, two ounces as the newest New Generations Newborn! Aiden's parents Rachel and Austin and proud big sister, Karsyn are excited to all share one thing in common, they were all delivered by the same provider, Harris Regional Hospital's Sally Schaefer, CNM. 

Sally delivered both parents as well as big sister Karsyn and had the privilege of also delivering baby Aiden. When visiting with the family after Aiden's birth the family talked of how Sally could recall the birth of each family member, "There is no other place that you could expect this level of care from. Sally knows each of us intimately and it was apparent through our whole pregnancy and delivery and making sure we understood everything that was going on with our baby, delivery and after the birth."

"We wouldn't have had our baby anywhere else or with any other provider. Sally is a member of our family now and has celebrated some of our biggest moments alongside us". 

Working alongside Sally and the other expert women's care providers at Harris Regional Hospital is a professional team of clinical staff that made sure Rachel, Aiden and her family were well cared for while in the New Generations Family Birthing Center, "I felt like I was a priority to everyone here. They accommodated each of our needs and when we made a request, they were quick to take care of whatever we needed. The transition of care is unmatched from pregnancy care to delivery and post-partum"

Congratulations to Rachel and Austin on the newest bundle of joy! 

Adeline Reed  

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.

 “This is definitely an exciting way for our family to ring in the New Year” said Kimberly “The physicians and especially the nurses at Harris took such great care of us and we are so grateful to them for making us feel so comfortable.”

Judi Layton, CNM, women’s care provider at Harris Regional Hospital delivered Adeline who will now join her big brother completing the happy family of four. 

Dad Robert noted that the care provided was definitely a family approach and he felt like an active part to the care provided to his wife and daughter, “The nurses here made us feel like we were their top priority, they went above and beyond what was required of them. They are really great at their job and by the way they treat their patients, you can tell they enjoy what they do. We had the best experience here and for that we are so thankful”.

Madison Anne Williams  

Proud parents Susan and James Williams, along with the providers and staff with the New Generations Family Birthing Center at Harris Regional Hospital, are excited to announce the most recent New Generations Newborn, Madison Anne Williams born December 18, 2017

The Williams family is thankful for the care they received from each staff member and provider, “We really feel like everyone cares about us here and that our family and our child was top priority’. Harris Regional Hospital’s Dr. Alvin Strasburger delivered Madison. Mom and dad were happy to report that ‘the delivery was better than we could have ever expected.”

The Williams family now looks forward to life at home with their family of four and getting big brother Mason used to the thought of another sibling in the home. We know he and mom and dad will adjust well!

Congratulations to the Williams family and with sincerest appreciation, thank you for allowing us the privilege of celebrating the birth of your child with you and your family.  

Olivia Blankenship 

The New Generations Family Birthing Center at Harris Regional Hospital is excited to introduce miss Olivia Blankenship born December 11, 2017 weighing nine pounds, 15 ounces as the newest New Generations Newborn. Mother Stephanie, Father Jeremy and proud big brother, Grayson are excited to begin 2018 with their loving family of four.

Mom, Stephanie, was a familiar face to the nursing staff and providers of the New Generations Family Birthing and it was an honor to be her choice for labor, delivery and post-partum care when planning for the arrival of her daughter. Stephanie is an integral part of the healthcare team at Cherokee Indian Hospital aiding in the transfer of records and continued care of mothers that will be delivering in the New Generations Family Birthing Center at Harris Regional Hospital and have received care at the Cherokee Prenatal Clinic. Stephanie’s passion is caring for the mothers in our community so the opportunity to care for her and her family was rewarding, to say the least.

Congratulations to the Blankenship family and thank you for the privilege of caring for your growing family!