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Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital Initiate Emergency Response Plan in Preparation for Hurricane Florence

SYLVA, BRYSON CITY, NC -- September 12, 2018 -- Effective immediately, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital has initiated its emergency response plan and is proactively taking steps to prepare for the potential impact of Hurricane Florence. The facility's top priority is to continue providing the highest quality care possible while ensuring the safety of patients and their families, employees and providers -- especially in a potentially emergent situation.

As part of its emergency response plan, Harris Regional and Swain Community Hospitals are diligently preparing employees and providers to ensure they are well-equipped to serve the community during this critical time of need. Extra staff will be available to accommodate higher patient volumes and to support the transfer of patients to neighboring facilities, as needed. Hospital leaders are working around the clock to ensure that the facility will have the appropriate capacity and supplies to continue caring for patients and supporting staff in the days ahead. 

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital is closely collaborating with the Emergency Management office in Jackson and Swain counties to stay abreast of the latest storm developments, collaborate on appropriate response protocols and provide updates to the community. Both facilities intend to share regular updates via media alerts, its website and social media platforms regarding potential facility challenges that may impact certain patient care services in the immediate days ahead. The community should be advised that in the event of a widespread power outage, the hospitals have the ability to generate their own power, as needed.

At this time, both hospitals and their Emergency Departments remain open and are fully operational. If you have an appointment scheduled this week with a provider in one of the hospital's clinics, please call that office directly to confirm if they will be open. 

Please be sure to check the hospital websites at and and Facebook page and frequently for updates throughout the duration of the storm. 

September 14, 2018

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