Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital Name 2016 Mercy Award Winner

April 21, 2016

Sylva, NC (April 21, 2016) – Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, which are part of LifePoint Health, recently announced that Sherri Watterson has been recognized as the hospitals’ 2016 Mercy Award winner. Watterson is one of roughly 70 other recipients across LifePoint Health, a leading healthcare company that employs more than 46,000 individuals.

The annual Mercy Award program was established in 2002 to honor the life of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer (CEO). It recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint’s 72 healthcare facilities, and the Health Support Center based in Brentwood, Tenn., who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded. The Mercy Award is considered the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.

“At Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital we share LifePoint’s commitment to making communities healthier, and we realize that the hard work and dedication of our employees is critical to our success,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. “Every day, Sherri goes above and beyond to demonstrate a level of care and compassion that we want every person who enters our facilities to experience. We are extremely proud to recognize Sherri for her efforts on behalf of our patients and our community.”

Sherri is a physical therapy assistant and certified lymphedema therapist working in the Rehabilitation Services department at Harris Regional Hospital. Nominated by her peers, she was selected as the hospitals’ winner for her commitment to helping her patients and others in the community remove barriers to attaining their best health. She does this in the hospital by advocating for patients and families within a patient’s care plan, and in the community by coaching young runners in the sport of cross-country.

Each hospital winner, including Sherri will be considered for LifePoint’s 2016 company-wide Mercy Award. The company-wide winner will be announced this summer and honored during a special ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., in August, to which Sherri and all hospital winners are invited to attend.

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.