Harris Regional Hospital is the exclusive healthcare provider for Catamount Athletics at Western Carolina University, covering all sports, athletes, and seasons.

The Ascent Partnership is the formal collaboration between Western Carolina University, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital focused on ensuring access to quality health care in North Carolina's westernmost counties.

Partnership initiatives include training the next generation of health care workers and supporting educational and outreach activities that benefit the health of those living in the region.

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital will cover the total educational costs for nurse practitioner students selected for The Ascent Partnership program. Upon graduation the nurse practitioner(s) will commit to three years of employment with the hospitals. 

Apply for The Ascent Partnership funding program.


Welcoming Our Newest Graduates!

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are pleased to introduce the newest graduates of The Ascent Partnership's educational award program.

Meet Our Newest Grads