Gray Erlacher, MD expanding practice to Harris Family Care – Cullowhee at Western Carolina University Health and Human Sciences building

August 9, 2016

CullowheeHarris Regional Hospital is pleased to announce the expansion of Dr. Gray Erlacher’s practice to include Harris Family Care – Cullowhee at the Western Carolina University Health and Human Sciences building. Dr. Erlacher has practiced at Harris Medical Associates since February and has started seeing patients at both locations to maximize convenience for patients. He is board certified in family medicine.                                       

Harris Family Care – Cullowhee opened in 2013 in the 95,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Health and Human Sciences building on Millennial Initiative property on the West Campus of Western Carolina University. The clinic serves as a family practice for the community and as a training site for nursing and nurse practitioner students at WCU. At Harris Medical Associates, located at 98 Doctors Drive in Sylva, Dr. Erlacher practices alongside Lee Ann Manthorne, DO, Steve Queen, MD, Randall Provost, MD, Beth Dixon, MD, Ana Gonzalez, MD and Connie Borgerding, DO.

Dr. Erlacher completed a residency in family practice at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee after an internship at the University of Wisconsin St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. Originally from North Carolina and a graduate of Western Carolina University, Dr. Erlacher received his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University after completing post-graduate courses in pre-med at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

“Dr. Erlacher began his education at Western Carolina University and now he is not only caring for the community but also serving as a clinical leader for students following in his footsteps,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. “We are excited for Dr. Erlacher to be our physician at Harris Family Care – Cullowhee while maintaining his practice at Harris Medical Associates.”

For appointments at Harris Family Care – Cullowhee call (828) 631-8800. For Harris Medical Associates call (828) 586-8971.

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.

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