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Harris Regional and Swain Community Hospital grow interventional pain service

 SYLVA, FRANKLIN, BRYSON CITY – Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are pleased to continue to expand pain services across western North Carolina by welcoming Austin Albright, MD, Priscilla Agbenyefia, MD, and Widad Alami, PA-C. Dr. Albright, Dr. Agbenyefia, and Alami join Ed Lewis, MD and Leland Berkwits, MD in providing pain services at the hospitals’ three locations: Harris Pain Center in Sylva, Swain Pain Center in Bryson City, and Harris Pain Center – Franklin.

Services include diagnosis and treatment of chronic conditions, including neck and back pain, headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, cancer pain, diabetic and joint pain, arthritis, neuropathic pain, sciatica, and complex regional pain syndrome. Treatments include interventional pain procedures such as spinal cord stimulator implantation and management. 

Dr. Albright is a board-certified pain management physician and physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist). He received his medical degree from East Tennessee State Quillen College of Medicine and completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency and pain management fellowship at the University of Virginia. 

Dr. Agbenyefia is a fellowship-trained pain physician and anesthesiologist. She completed her fellowship training at Oregon Health and Science University, serving as chief fellow, and residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center where she also completed medical school. During residency, Dr. Agbenyefia served as Secretary of the Ohio Society of Anesthesiology-Resident Component. 

Alami is a board-certified physician assistant through the National Commission of Physician Assistants. She received a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree from D’Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y. 

“Our interventional pain service continues to grow, serving more people in western North Carolina in the communities they call home,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. “Dr. Albright and Widad Alami join an outstanding team of providers serving patients with the most advanced care.” 

The Harris Pain Center is located at 81 Medical Park Loop, Suite 202 in Sylva on the campus of Harris Regional Hospital adjacent to the Harris Regional Cancer Center. The Harris Pain Center – Franklin is located at 55 Holly Springs Drive at the Harris Regional Hospital Medical Park of Franklin. The Swain Pain Center is located at 45 Plateau St. in Bryson City on the campus of Swain Community Hospital. To make an appointment call (828) 586-7366 (Sylva), (828) 349-5057 (Franklin), or (828) 488-4247. Visit or for more information. 

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.

About LifePoint Health® 

LifePoint Health® (NASDAQ: LPNT) is a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®.  Through its subsidiaries, it provides quality inpatient, outpatient and post-acute services close to home. LifePoint owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers, and post-acute facilities in 22 states. It is the sole community healthcare provider in the majority of the non-urban communities it serves. More information about the company can be found at All references to “LifePoint,” “LifePoint Health” or the “Company” used in this release refer to affiliates or subsidiaries of LifePoint Health, Inc.

About Duke LifePoint Healthcare

Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System, Inc. and LifePoint Health (NASDAQ: LPNT), was established to build a dynamic network of hospitals and healthcare providers. The joint venture, which brings together LifePoint’s experience in community-based hospital management and Duke’s world-renowned leadership in patient safety and clinical quality systems, is strengthening and improving healthcare delivery by providing community hospitals the clinical, quality and operational resources they need to grow and prosper.

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