Harris Regional Hospital welcomes cardiologist; opening new cardiology practice

October 20, 2016

SYLVA – (October 17, 2016) – Harris Regional Hospital, a Duke LifePoint hospital, is pleased to welcome board-certified cardiologist Francis Nullet, MD, to the medical staff. Dr. Nullet has practiced cardiology for more than 30 years, most recently at Piedmont Heart Institute, a large cardiology practice headquartered in Atlanta. He will be available to inpatients at Harris Regional Hospital beginning December 1 and will join the hospital’s newly-established outpatient practice Harris Cardiology, which is set to open in January 2017.

Dr. Nullet completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases, and a residency in internal medicine, at West Virginia University after receiving his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York, N.Y.

“Dr. Nullet brings a lot of experience to our hospital and our new practice, Harris Cardiology. He has held academic and leadership positions throughout his career, caring for patients in the hospital and in the outpatient setting; and teaching medical students at West Virginia University,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. “Dr. Nullet is the first of several cardiologists we are recruiting to Harris Cardiology which will serve patients in the region with an array of cardiology services close to home provided in the practice and in the hospital in collaboration with our hospital medicine physicians.”

In June, Harris Regional Hospital announced plans to significantly expand cardiology services in Sylva, Jackson County, and the surrounding region with the addition of needed diagnostic, treatment, and monitoring services, as well as stress testing and echocardiography, seven days a week.  The hospital also plans to establish cardiac catheterization services, in partnership with Duke LifePoint Cardiac Partners, LLP, as well as offer a pacemaker implantation and monitoring clinic as part of the cardiology expansion.