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Harris Regional Hospital held a lunch and ceremony to honor 28 employees for their years of service on the Harris, Swain and Franklin campuses. The employees were recognized for milestones ranging from five to 40 years. Each employee’s manager shared brief words of praise for the staff member before awarding a framed certificate.

Don Ridley (Information Technology) was recognized for 40 years of service; Carol Buchanan (Labor and Delivery), Lisa Cochran (Finance) and Becky Wilkes (Human Resources) for 30 years; Diane Beck (Nursing), Kim Faust (Mother-Baby), Cynthia Grant (Home Health), Vicky Henson (Food & Nutrition), Mary Sitton (Home Health) and Sandy Wykle (Home Health) for 20 years; Dale Davis (Environmental Services), Jo Ann Palmer (Human Resources), Mary Parris (Human Resources) and Sara Parton (Imaging) for 15 years; Edward Estes (Laboratory), Jennifer Kelly (Good Samaritan Clinic), Lisa Patton (Hospice), Connie Pryor (Emergency Department), Annie Reinert (Nursing) and Abbie Wilkins (Surgery) for 10 years; and Patti Almond (Emergency Department), Jason Beck (Respiratory Therapy), Shelby Blanton (Corporate Relations), James Brown (Maintenance), Lisa Buchanan (WNC Pediatric & Adolescent Care), Janet Griffin (Patient Financial Services), Kimberly Sanders (Rehabilitation Services) and Gina West (Swain Respiratory Therapy) for five years. Service awards luncheons are held quarterly at Harris Regional Hospital.

Support group for those affected by Essential Tremor will meet in Sylva. James M. Patton, MD Board Certified Neurologist will speak at the IETF Support Group Meeting.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Alliance Bible Church, 501 North River Rd., Sylva. The group serves individuals in Jackson, Macon, Swain and Haywood counties. Individuals interested in attending should RSVP to Ted Kubit at (828)631-5543 or tkubit@ frontier.com. All interested in movement disorders are welcome.

A respected hospice care provider in North Carolina for almost a decade, Four Seasons Compassion for Life leads the western region of the state for its significant percentage of patients served.

Over the last five years, Four Seasons has maintained the highest death service ratio in western N.C., according to figures in an annual statewide Death Service Ratio (DSR) report released last month.

A simple, practical measure for monitoring hospice use by patients and families, the Death Service Ratio is an annual record of how many individuals at end of life received hospice care. Four Seasons serves an average of 1,000 persons daily, providing care to a significant percentage of regional patients at their end of life through its hospice and palliative care programs.


The WestCare Board of Trustees has decided to pursue a relationship with a healthcare partner that will provide significant clinical, quality, operational, and financial resources and expertise to position Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital to “realize their full potential, meeting and exceeding community expectations for high quality, local healthcare.”

After a thoughtful and deliberate process that began in the summer of 2012, the WestCare Board has chosen to partner with Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System and LifePoint Hospitals. Among the significant benefits offered by the relationship with Duke LifePoint, WestCare would have access to needed capital to fund strategic projects developed in collaboration with hospital leadership and physicians in Sylva and Bryson City. This process was initiated by the MedWest Health System board with the support of both the WestCare and Haywood Regional Medical Center boards.


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