Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital provide nutrition therapy and diabetes education to patients in physician office setting

August 16, 2016

SYLVA, N.C.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 service, which was previously provided in the hospital, is now conveniently offered at the patient’s physician practice. For those who are not patients at one of the designated primary care practices, the service is also available.

The service is provided by Melanie Batchelor, a registered dietitian, licensed dietitian nutritionist, and certified diabetes educator, and Krystle Holt, a registered dietitian and licensed dietitian nutritionist.

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is helpful in many areas including weight management, vascular conditions, food allergies, gastrointestinal conditions, COPD, unintentional weight loss, home supplemental tube feeding, diabetes and more. This services is for all ages.

Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) services are for those with a diagnosis of diabetes and includes both individual and group classes. The Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital program is accredited by the American Diabetes Association. 

Medical Nutrition Therapy and Diabetes Self-Management Education have been proven to lower blood glucose, blood pressure, weight and a1c, a critical measure in diabetes management. For participants who have completed the diabetes program through Harris and Swain, a1c levels have decreased in 100% of patients.

“Being located in the physician practice setting and seeing patients in conjunction with their primary care doctor visit gives us an opportunity to ensure we’re meeting all of our patients’ needs and that we’re answering all of their questions as it relates to following the nutrition and diabetes education we have provided,” said Batchelor. “We believe the setting is more convenient and will ensure the best outcomes in treating the whole patient.”

A physician referral is required. To schedule an appointment contact Melinda Talley at 631-8817. 

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.

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