Gray Erlacher, MD joins Harris Medical Associates

February 4, 2016

Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome board certified family physician Gray Erlacher, MD to Harris Medical Associates located at Harris Medical Park, 98 Doctors Drive. Dr. Erlacher joins Lee Ann Manthorne, DO, Steven Queen, MD, Randall Provost, MD, Elizabeth Dixon, MD and Ana Maria Gonzalez, MD in providing primary care to the community. Dr. Erlacher is taking appointments now and will begin seeing patients on February 24. To reach Harris Medical Associates call (828) 586-8971.

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 has practiced in the region for years, most recently at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital and the Cherokee Indian Hospital. He also cared for native populations in Alaska in addition to practicing in the North Carolina triad and Wisconsin. As a pre-med student Dr. Erlacher volunteered in the emergency department and observed operating room cases at C.J. Harris Hospital. Both of his children were born at Harris Regional Hospital.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Erlacher home to Harris Regional Hospital and Harris Medical Associates,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. “Dr. Erlacher has a longstanding commitment to this community and has obtained a breadth of relevant experience through his practice in other parts of the country. Harris Medical Associates is a vibrant physician practice in Sylva and Dr. Erlacher will be a great fit.”

Harris Medical Associates is located on the second floor of Harris Medical Park.

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.

About Duke LifePoint Healthcare

Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System, Inc. and LifePoint Health® (NASDAQ: LPNT), was established to build a dynamic network of hospitals and healthcare providers. The joint venture, which brings together LifePoint's experience in community-based hospital management and Duke's world-renowned leadership in clinical service, is strengthening and improving healthcare delivery by providing community hospitals the clinical, quality and operational resources they need to grow and prosper.