Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital celebrate community, employees, and physicians with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month events

September 26, 2016

SYLVA and BRYSON CITY – In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital will host events for the community and staff to celebrate the care the hospitals and outpatient facilities provide to the region.

  • The annual Tree of Hope celebration will be held 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, October 7 on the first floor of Harris Medical Park, 98 Doctors Drive in Sylva. Speakers Eric Reitz, MD with Harris Surgical Associates, breast cancer survivors, and the breast care nurse navigator Carol Van Cleve, RN. Everyone is invited to place a card on the tree in memory or in honor of someone facing cancer of any kind. The tree will be on display through the end of October. The opportunity to place a card on the tree will be available throughout the month.
  • Patients can conveniently schedule a mammogram during special events at Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. Van Cleve, the hospitals’ breast care nurse navigator, will be stationed 8 a.m. to noon in the front lobby of Harris on October 4th and Swain on October 11th to schedule anyone for a mammogram
  • Community outreach during the month of October will include breast care presentations by Van Cleve and Dr. Reitz.

Also throughout the month, employees working at Harris Regional Hospital, Swain Community Hospital, Harris Regional Hospital Medical Park of Franklin, and all ancillary facilities will be encouraged to wear pink each Friday in October. ‘Pink Fridays’ are a way for staff to connect with the hospitals’ mission of Making Communities Healthier as it relates to breast care.

Harris Regional Hospital, Swain Community Hospital, and Harris Regional Hospital Medical Park of Franklin provide the latest in breast diagnostic technology, performing more than 600 mammograms per year. A team of surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, and oncologists, in addition to the breast care nurse navigator, provide focused and collaborative care to each patient experiencing a breast health issue.