Breast cancer is a group of diseases that affects breast tissue. Though this disease can affect both men and women, breast cancer is much more common in women, affecting more than 270,000 women in the United States annually. This cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women.

The Sylva Police Department’s annual Walk for Hope to support breast cancer survivors and raise awareness ran as a week-long event between Oct. 5-9. The department brought out Hope, the pink Crown Victoria cruiser, and Sylva Public Works dyed the Courthouse fountain pink. 

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The paths of two ladies who have served the Jackson County community for many years in the field of nursing have crossed in a very special and caring way.

Wednesday, November 04, 2020
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Harris Regional Hospital has announced the completion of an $8 million expansion at Harris Regional Cancer Center featuring state-of-the-art radiation therapy technology to benefit patients and families across Western North Carolina. The center is located at 14 Medical Park Loop on the hospi…

Vecinos Farmworker Health Program received a $10,000 grant from Nantahala Health Foundation, which partners and collaborates with local organizations to improve the health and well-being of Western North Carolinians, to fund a new vehicle to safely transport farmworkers to-and-from medical a…

The Board of Directors for Dogwood Health Trust has named Susan Mims, MD, MPH, to be interim chief executive officer of the region’s largest foundation focused on the health of all people and communities of Western North Carolina. Mims will join Dogwood Health Trust in December.

Health needs can often change from year to year, just as the benefits and costs of   health plan may change as well. That is why it is important to evaluate Medicare plans during Open Enrollment each year.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Breast cancer is a group of diseases that affects breast tissue. Though this disease can affect both men and women, breast cancer is much more common in women, affecting more than 270,000 women in the United States annually. This cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women.

The Sylva Police Department’s annual Walk for Hope to support breast cancer survivors and raise awareness ran as a week-long event between Oct. 5-9. The department brought out Hope, the pink Crown Victoria cruiser, and Sylva Public Works dyed the Courthouse fountain pink. 

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

The Board of Directors for the Dogwood Health Trust approved $1 million for Racial Equity Community Grants to benefit historically underfunded organizations serving Black, indigenous and communities of color.

April Perry, an associate professor in the College of Education and Allied Professions at Western Carolina University, has been named to the Standout Blue Ridge Class of 2020 by the Carolinas’ chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Harris Regional Hospital has added Dr. Bernd Holler, a board certified neonatologist, to the New Generations Family Birthing Center at Harris, where he will lead inpatient neonatal and pediatric patient care.

Dr. Jarred Tanksley is the newest addition to Harris Regional Cancer Center. Tanksley joins Dr. David Thomas in providing radiation oncology services to Western North Carolina.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

In order to turn the curve on the opioid epidemic, preventing opioid misuse is key. Many people live with chronic pain that is debilitating in their daily lives, and they may be prescribed opioid pain relievers to help manage this pain.

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