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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Harris Regional Hospital has announced the opening of Harris Vein Center in Sylva. The center provides vein services led by Dr. Eric Reitz and Kate Mosley, FNP-C ,and is now open and scheduling appointments.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

HIGHTS (Helping Inspire Gifts of Hope, Trust and Service) received an award of $500 from America’s Home Place – Franklin Office to build a tiny home on a trailer this spring.

Harris Regional Hospital has established a Community Response Team providing coordinated testing for educational and workplace sites across Jackson, Swain, Macon and Graham counties to rule out presumptive cluster activity of COVID-19.

With the beginning of the fall season right around the corner, this is a good time to think about how we can improve our balance. The Department on Aging Senior Center will offer a Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention program beginning in October. 

The current COVID-19 pandemic has been in the forefront of our minds for the majority of 2020, and while rightfully so, it is important to remember we were already in the midst of a nationwide opioid epidemic.

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital have partnered with PT Solutions Physical Therapy, a national provider of physical, occupational and speech therapy, and sports medicine services including athletic training.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Harris Regional Hospital is now offering a low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening program to help detect lung cancer in patients who meet specific criteria.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how people think about and access healthcare these days. For families, that includes well and sick care for children. Below, Dr. Nick Jernigan of Harris Regional Hospital talks about the importance of getting appropriate care for your children and answers so…

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital provide comprehensive pain services in Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. Harris Pain Center, with locations in Sylva and Franklin, is now open and scheduling appointments. 

Vaya Health is encouraging conversations on the impact of racism on mental health and spreading the word about local treatment resources in recognition of Black, Indigenous and People of Color Mental Health Awareness Month.

In recent weeks, I have been reflecting on the unprecedented challenges that our community and our team at Harris Regional Hospital have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, I’ve been intentionally looking for every possible silver lining in a time when – let’s face…

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Harris Regional Hospital is urging community members to wear face masks or cloth face coverings in public areas where social distancing is not easily achieved in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Post traumatic stress disorder – known as PTSD – can affect anyone, at any age. Commonly associated with combat veterans, PTSD can result from experiencing or witnessing any traumatic event, such as a physical or sexual assault, a serious accident or a natural disaster.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020
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Dr. Ja’Pel Sumpter has joined the staff at Harris Women’s Care. She will be providing obstetrics and gynecology services to women in Jackson, Swain, Graham and Macon counties and the surrounding region.

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The Community Table Director Paige Christie displays a grant check from the Great Smokies Health Foundation for equipment, operational needs and the purchase of additional food. GSHF seeks to improve the health of residents of Jackson, Swain, Macon and Graham counties through investment and …

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According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, which is a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s makes up 60-80 percent of dementia cases.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

In June 2014, a dream and a desire to help people became reality with the opening of the Southwestern Child Development Commission’s Nurse-Family Partnership.

The Rotary Club of Sylva recently donated $1,400 to Vecinos Farmworker Health for medical supplies to be used in two mobile medical clinics in the case of emergencies while serving migrant farm workers in local fields and migrant camps.

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital joined the American Hospital Association and health care organizations around the country in celebrating National Hospital Week, observed May 10-15.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

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. While the world continues to focus on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is still th…

For nursing students, an important part of instruction is the hands-on, face-to face interaction with patients known as clinicals, typically performed at hospitals and other care facilities.

While Jackson County kids can’t gather to celebrate Bike at/to School Day as they typically would this year, they can still take time to recognize the importance of community connection, safety and health.

A homemade sign of the times leans on the mailbox of Gail and Calvin Maye of East Fork. “I’m hoping that people will see it and get inspired and put out their own signs,” Gail Maye said. “On the other side of it, my husband couldn’t stand that it was just plywood so he painted it, and I pain…

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed Rhonda Cox, chief population health officer at Vaya Health, to the N.C. Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Evergreen Foundation will be hosting information sessions in each of the seven westernmost counties for nonprofit organizations and agencies interested in submitting a grant proposal. The Foundation will be accepting 2020-21 grant proposals from nonprofit organizations through 5 p.m. May 31.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease doesn’t just happen to older adults. With our hectic lifestyle, heart disease is happening to younger adults more and more often.

Students at Blue Ridge School and Blue Ridge Early College concluded a week-long focus on health and wellness with a community health fair and blood drive on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. 

We are all too aware of the effects substance dependency and untreated addiction have on our communities. Whether you have personally experienced the pain of addiction, lost a loved one to it, or simply witnessed its effects on our neighbors and their children, this national crisis affects a…

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Sylva native Tracy Arnold, a four-time nursing alumna of Gardner-Webb University, has been appointed as the new dean of the Hunt School of Nursing (HSON) at the Boiling Springs college. She replaces Nicole Waters, who will continue to serve GWU as the associate provost of the College of Heal…

Harris Home Health has been named to the top 500 of the 2019 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 14 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

We have all heard of the many benefits of a regular exercise program and the positive impact it can make on our health. As we age, exercise becomes essential to maintain our range of motion and physical ability.