Swain Specialty Clinic will hold an open house 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 11.Swain Specialty Clinic includes Harris GI Associates, Harris Women’s Care, and Harris Surgical Associates and recently expanded to a new space in the medical office building on the hospital campus on Hospital Hill.
Wash your hands. How many times have we heard that oft-repeated refrain over our lifetimes? Since we were children, we’ve been encouraged to wash our hands after playing outside, before eating, after using the restroom and any one of a number of other occasions.
Swain Community Hospital and Harris Regional Hospital have announced the spring sports physicals schedule in which physicians and staff provide free physicals to student athletes from around the region.
Swain Community Hospital, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will host a blood drive 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, April 10. The blood drive will be held in the American Red Cross blood bus at the east end of the hospital.
Contrary to recent reports, Swain Community Hospital has no plans to discontinue 24-hour emergency services. We know that these are vital services for our community, and ending them has never been a consideration for us.
Swain Community and Harris Regional Hospitals have received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), the accrediting arm of the American College of Cardiology. This comes as great news to our communities as Harris and Swain continue to stay committed to the needs of our community and having the education, skill set and awareness to care for higher acuity cardiac events.
Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, one in four people die of heart disease every year. That’s why it’s important to play smart with your heart. And there are a couple of simple, practical things you can do to stay on top of your heart game.
BRYSON CITY – Swain Specialty Clinic, the longstanding group of specialty physician practices at Swain Community Hospital, has expanded to a new space in the medical office building on the hospital campus on Hospital Hill. Swain Specialty Clinic is located next to Senior Life Solutions and the outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation office and Swain Pain Center.
FRANKLIN and BRYSON CITY – Harris Surgical Associates, a Duke LifePoint physician practice owned and operated by Harris Regional Hospital, is pleased to announce an expansion to Harris Regional Hospital Medical Park of Franklin and Swain Community Hospital, The expansion will provide patients access to pre-operative and post-operative appointments close to home.
The staff of Senior Life Solutions, an intensive outpatient program providing psychiatric services at Swain Community Hospital, will provide education to the community 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, December 15 in the main lobby of Harris Regional Hospital and Thursday, December 22 in the main lobby of Swain Community Hospital.
Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, both of which are part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, were honored to host an October visit by Eugene Washington, MD, Chancellor for Health Affairs for Duke University and President and CEO of Duke University Health System.
The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) recently recognized Tiffany Brackett, Director of Quality and Regulatory for Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS).
Swain Community Hospital is committed to delivering high-quality care close to home for the people of western North Carolina. To do this, we regularly evaluate our services to ensure that we are providing access to the care our community members need, when and where they need it.
From the turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving to the delicious desserts, treats for Santa and eggnog at Christmas, the holidays are one of the hardest times of year to eat healthy.
Swain Family Care is pleased to welcome certified physician assistant Angela Struna who began seeing patients this month. She joins Tammy Johnston, MD, David Johnston, MD, pediatrician Brooke Budde, DO, and certified physician assistant Vicki McCormack.
In 2016, more than 246,000 American women will develop invasive breast cancer – that’s one in eight women. They will become part of more than 2.8 million people who are living with a history of breast cancer, whether that means they are currently in treatment or have completed treatment. While breast cancer incidence rates have been declining since the year 2000, those numbers remain too high.
In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital will host events for the community and staff to celebrate the care the hospitals and outpatient facilities provide to the region.
The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) recently recognized Anetra Jones, chief nurse executive for Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS).
Western Carolina University, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital today announced a five-year partnership for athletics stemming from The Ascent Partnership created last fall. With the agreement the hospitals become the exclusive healthcare provider for Catamount Athletics, covering all sports, athletes, and seasons.
Across the U.S., nearly 30 percent of children are overweight or obese – that’s one in every three kids. Here in western North Carolina we are slightly above the national average, and frankly, that’s way too high.
Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are pleased to provide outpatient nutrition therapy and diabetes education at Harris Medical Associates, Swain Family Care, and Harris Family Care – Franklin.
The dog days of summer are coming to a close, and that means it’s time to get ready for the hustle and bustle of another school year – trading in Saturday afternoons at the pool for homework, ballgames and that seemingly never-ending to-do list around the house. As we countdown to the start of the new school year, Harris Regional and Swain Community Hospital’s want to offer five quick tips to help keep your family healthy and happy.
The summer season is in full swing, and that means camps, outdoor workouts and athletic practices, trips to parks or local waterways, and dozens of other fun outdoor activities for you and your family. It also means you need to watch out for one of Mother Nature’s most dangerous elements: HEAT.
Asheville Cardiology Associates to close Sylva office - Harris Regional Hospital, a Duke LifePoint hospital, has announced plans to significantly expand cardiology services in Sylva, Jackson County, and the surrounding region with the addition of needed diagnostic, treatment, and monitoring services, as well as stress testing and echocardiography, seven days a week.
Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are pleased to recognize National EMS Week May 15-21. The week was first set aside by President Gerald Ford in 1973 to honor the lifesaving work of EMS professionals around the country.
For one week every year, the nation’s healthcare leaders pause to celebrate and recognize the millions of healthcare professionals – from dieticians to physicians, administrative support to engineers – who make safe, high quality, compassionate healthcare available in communities across the country
During the month of May, the spring season is in full bloom, and summer is just around the corner. This time of year, many people begin to spend more time outside, enjoying longer daylight hours and abundant sunshine. While this might seem harmless, it’s important to take care of the skin you’re in and protect it from the sun’s damaging rays.
Swain Family Care is pleased to announce a walk-in clinic for pediatric patients 8 to 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday at the practice, located inside Swain Community Hospital, at 45 Plateau St. on Hospital Hill.
Across the country, there are millions of nurses united by a deep desire to care for others in their greatest times of need. They are the compassionate faces at the bedside and the healing hands that work tirelessly to ensure that each patient receives safe, quality care.
You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers. But they also bring pollen, ragweed and a slew of other wheeze-, sneeze-, and sniffle-inducing allergens. At Harris Regional Hospital we’re committed to making communities healthier, and one way we do that is by helping you manage your springtime allergies.
According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancers are the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the U.S. While more than 130,000 new cases of colon and rectal cancers are expected to be diagnosed in 2016, the overall incidence and death rates associated with this disease have been on the decline for more than a decade. Effective screening in the form of colonoscopies is the primary driver of these declines, which is why it is recommended that all men and women begin routine testing at the age of 50.
Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika.
Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital have successfully earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for hospital accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
Swain Family Care is pleased to welcome certified physician assistant Vicki McCormack who will begin seeing patients in mid-March joining Tammy Johnston, MD, David Johnston, MD, pediatrician Brooke Budde, DO, and certified physician assistant Danny Mingus.
When a heart attack strikes, every minute matters. In fact, the first few minutes are critical in determining the short-term and long-term outcome for the patient. According to the National Institutes of Health, of the people who die from heart attacks, about half will die within an hour of their first symptoms.
Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are pleased to announce that pediatrician Brooke Budde, DO will join the physicians of Swain Family Care in serving the community with pediatric care for children ages 0 to 20.
On October 21, 2015 at around 16:14 Jackson County 911 Center received a call for a cardiac arrest at Ingles in Sylva. Upon EMS’ arrival they found a male subject lying on the floor in the care of a young lady.
Harris Regional Hospital will again this year provide resources for patients enrolling in the health insurance marketplaces by holding an Open Enrollment Event available to all members of the community looking to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace as mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
Take it one day at a time. Often, the anticipation of the holiday is worse than the actual holiday. Instead of spending the days leading up to the holiday worrying about how you will manage, find ways to keep your mind busy. Pick up a new book, try out a new hobby or take that painting class you’ve always wanted to try.
Sylva and Bryson City, North Carolina (July 22, 2015) – Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, both Duke LifePoint hospitals, announced that their employed physician practices will feature new names that highlight their association with the hospitals. The name changes will also reflect their affiliation with Duke LifePoint Healthcare, as each practice will be labeled ‘A Duke LifePoint Physician Practice’.
Sylva, N.C. – LifePath Palliative Care and Hospice, which serves the communities of Harris Regional and Swain Community Hospitals, will hold a special memorial celebration entitled “Tree of Remembrance” on Friday, December 5 in the main lobby of Harris Regional Hospital at 6pm.
Bryson City – Swain Community Hospital and Swain County Health Department are partnering to promote health and wellness in our communities by beginning a monthly Lunch and Learn Series. The first one will be held Thursday, December 18th from noon to 12:30 pm.
Sylva, NC – Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are continuing to remind individuals without health insurance coverage that the national Health Insurance Marketplace is currently open for enrollment and re-enrollment. For those wishing to have coverage begin or continue starting January 1, 2015, the enrollment or re-enrollment deadline is Monday, December 15.
Sylva, NC – Harris Regional Hospital will host a wellness education event centered around healthy eating and living a fit lifestyle on Tuesday, January 6 from 6-7pm in the main lobby at Harris Regional Hospital. The event is part of a year-long series of wellness events held in partnership with Jackson County Department of Public Health the first Tuesday of each month.
Sylva, NC – The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the laboratories at Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.
Sylva & Bryson City, NC – Due to the rising number of flu cases in our surrounding communities and facilities, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital have begun limiting visitors to the hospitals in order to reduce the risk of transmitting the flu to our patients, visitors, and staff. Restrictions will apply to visitors 12 years old and under and any visitor with symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, cough, sore throat, etc.).
Sylva & Bryson City, NC – Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital will host free events in Sylva and Bryson City in January providing education on the National Health Insurance Marketplace and offering free assistance to those wishing to sign up for coverage through the Marketplace.
The physicians of Mountain Regional OB/GYN are pleased to expand services to Bryson City and Franklin, providing a convenient option for women seeking obstetrical and gynecological care in the communities where they live.