Harris Regional Hospital Readies to Open New Emergency Department
Date Posted: Dec 13, 2017
Author: Rex Hodge, WLOS News 13
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SYLVA, N.C. (WLOS) — Sylva’s Harris Regional Hospital is about to open its new emergency department. It will treat patients in 15 private rooms, three times the number in its current emergency room.

“I think the overall flow of patient care is going to improve significantly,” emergency department Dr. Marvin Williams said.

Hospital officials gave the community an open house Monday afternoon.

“For the citizens to have faster, quicker access to emergency care and having an updated facility to come to is remarkable,” said N.C. Congressman Mike Clampitt, who represents Swain, Jackson and Haywood counties.

Hospital leaders say the current facility is too congested and lacks privacy and proper lighting -- all issues solved with the new $11 million emergency department that has quadruple the space at 17,000 square feet. Some of the treatment rooms include safety features dedicated to patients with behavioral health issues -- something missing in the existing emergency area.

“This gives our staff and physicians an opportunity to be in the environment where the care they deliver on a daily basis is matched by the facility,” Harris CEO Steve Heatherly said.

The new emergency department features state of the art equipment expected to increase safety for patients and staff.

“I would think that overall should be safer for patients, too,” Williams said. “It should be a win for everybody.”

Funding to finish the project that's been on the books for more than a decade came from Duke Lifepoint, which acquired the hospital in 2014.

The new emergency department opens to patients at 7 a.m. Nov. 6.