Swain Community Hospital welcomes Arielle Lankford, CPNP to Swain Family Care

September 24, 2019

Swain Community Hospital is pleased to welcome Arielle Lankford, a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, to Swain Family Care located at Swain Community Hospital, 45 Plateau St. in Bryson City, beginning September 30. Lankford will provide pediatric care and joins Benjamin Gans, DO, David Johnston, MD, Tammy Johnston, MD, and Angela Struna, PA-C. Appointments may be made by calling 828.488.4205.

Lankford received a Master of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emory University Nell Hodgson School of Nursing after earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Lankford has practiced pediatrics and primary care in western North Carolina, specifically in Sylva, Bryson City and Franklin, since 2013.

“My whole life I have gotten so much joy from helping people. I realized I wanted to practice medicine while I was on a mission trip in the Dominican Republic. I recognized that there is so much need, not just abroad but at home, and medicine is a great way to help people and show people love. Specifically, in the pediatric world, I really am grateful for the opportunity to have a positive influence on kids- not just their physical well-being but also their emotional and spiritual well-being,” said Lankford.

“Arielle is known in the region for being an excellent and compassionate pediatric provider,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. “We are excited to welcome her to Swain Family Care, providing outstanding care to the children of western North Carolina alongside the expert team at our practice in Bryson City.”

Swain Family Care accepts adult and pediatric walk-in patients Monday through Friday in addition to scheduled appointments.

For more information, visit MySwainCommunity.com

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.