Swain Community Hospital: 24-hour Emergency Access (Media Statement)

November 11, 2016

Swain Community Hospital is committed to delivering high-quality care close to home for the people of western North Carolina. To do this, we regularly evaluate our services to ensure that we are providing access to the care our community members need, when and where they need it.

The hospital continues to provide 24-hour emergency services through a new model which will include full emergency department operations with providers and nursing staff for 16 hours per day (8 am – midnight). The remaining eight (8) hours in each day will be staffed with an in-house provider who will be able to triage and manage care for patients and take any necessary steps for additional care, such as admission to Swain Community Hospital or transfer to another facility.

This new model of emergency services will enable us to appropriately respond to our communities’ needs while further strengthening our commitment to Swain and Graham counties through the expansion of multiple other services including endoscopy, sleep, imaging, and the addition of physicians providing primary and subspecialty care. It is important to note that as an acute care hospital, we will always provide access to 24-hour emergency care to those we serve.

Swain Community Hospital considers it a privilege to care for the communities we serve, and we look forward to continuing our legacy of delivering high-quality care close to home.

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