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Harris Regional Hospital Expands Cardiology Services to Macon County

Sylva, Franklin (March 19, 2021):  Harris Regional Hospital, a Duke LifePoint hospital, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office within Harris Medical Park of Franklin for Harris Cardiology. The practice opened its doors in Franklin on March 12, 2021 as a full-service cardiology practice to serve Macon County residents. This new office of Harris Cardiology is an additional step Harris has taken to expand cardiology with the promotion of needed diagnostic, treatment, and monitoring services, as well as stress testing and echocardiography.  The hospital also established cardiac catheterization and monitoring clinic as part of the hospital’s expansion. To accommodate this growth and expansion of services, Scott Westermeyer, MD will head the Franklin clinic.

Scott Westermeyer, MD, a board certified cardiologist, began caring for patients at Harris Regional Hospital since 2019. Dr. Westermeyer has practiced cardiology for almost 30 years. He completed a fellowship in cardiology and a residency in internal medicine at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn., after graduating from the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. His experience includes cardiac catheterization, cardiac pacing, echocardiography, exercise testing, and nuclear imaging. Dr. Westermeyer is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

“We are excited to grow our local cardiology program by providing additional services close to home for residents who shouldn’t have to travel outside of their community for healthcare that we can provide,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. “We consider it a privilege to serve the healthcare needs of our community and will continuously work to further enhance access to high-quality care, in Franklin, NC.”

 Harris Regional Hospital has received recognition by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States, as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, specifically the measure of heart failure. To receive this designation, an organization must demonstrate exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve certain conditions.

The hospital received Chest Pain Center accreditation from the American College of Cardiology. We are dedicated to providing our patients with the best heart care treatment available. As an accredited facility, we use the newest methods and best practices in heart care to ensure that our patients receive:

–       Right care at the right time to minimize or eliminate heart damage due to heart attack

–       Timely and accurate diagnoses to reduce the disruption to your life and get you back home as soon as possible

–       Help and communication to better understand how to respond to your heart emergencies

–       Improved quality of life after a heart episode

 The new office is located within Harris Medical Park of Franklin at 55 Holly Springs Dr. in Franklin, N.C. The office will be open on Fridays from 8:30 am – 5 pm and can be reached at (828) 586-7654.




About Harris Regional 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.


About Swain Community Hospital

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 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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