Diabetes is one of the biggest health issues facing Americans today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. That’s one in 10 Americans. And one in four of those who have it don’t know they have it. These are troubling statistics, particularly because diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.
"I live eight minutes from the hospital, and in the instance I needed to get here or she was coming...I didn't want to chance traffic or driving elsewhere. The convenience of course is great, but at least it's also a really good facility to go and great people."
"My sister just recently had her baby at Haywood Regional, I like it better here. I liked Haywood Women's Medical Center, because I was able to see everyone during my prenatal care, which allowed me to get to know the doctor's really well. Devin (RN on the Women's Care Center) was a great nurse! After I delivered, she actually took Kingston for me for a while so I could rest. I had a great experience here and would absolutely recommend Haywood Regional for delivery services".
Twenty years ago, a program that would change the lives of many Haywood County mothers and babies was started by caring Lactation Consultants who were determined to give mothers the support they needed to meet their parenting goals.
Haywood Regional Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Haywood Regional’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Join Dr. Scott Skibo, pulmonologist with Haywood Regional Medical Center, for a presentation on “Lung Cancer: Improving outcomes through early detection, diagnosis and treatment" on Thursday Nov. 15 6 PM at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center.
November 1 marked the beginning of open enrollment for 2019 health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Since debuting in 2013, the Health Insurance Marketplace has provided access to low-cost healthcare coverage for millions who would otherwise be without health insurance or who are interested in taking advantage of more cost-effective alternatives to their current coverage.
Haywood Regional announced today the launch of a toll-free helpline designed to help Medicare beneficiaries select a health plan that fits their needs and budget while also keeping in-network access to the doctors and hospital services they trust.
"As soon as we got here, it has been the best hospital experience I have ever had. Every person, the nurses, the staff, the CEO, the director, the lactation consultant, have all been cheerful and good moods. Very attentive. That was not always experience in the past and this time it was very much so a teamwork effort. It was like we were very much just adopted into this family."
Haywood Regional will experience a PHONE SYSTEM DOWNTIME for routine maintenance on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 3 AM – 5 AM. During this timeframe, the temporary number you may use to reach our hospital will be 828-452-1501. This number will be the main line of use and will be able to route your call accordingly. If at any time you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1. We will let you know as soon as the phone system is back up and the main hospital phone number is available again. We appreciate your patience.
Haywood Regional’s mission is Making Communities Healthier. We are proud to partner with the communities of western North Carolina to achieve this mission. Our physicians, employees, volunteers, and board members work hard every day to provide the highest quality care possible for our community, collaborating with patients and family members, employers, community leaders and others to create a legacy of care that will last for generations to come.
National PA Week takes place each year from Oct. 6–12 to celebrate the profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. A PA is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional. They practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of the U.S. territories and the uniformed services.
While autumn brings with it a variety of pleasant changes – including cooler weather, colorful fall foliage and more – it also marks the beginning of flu season, a period which typically peaks between December and February but can last as late as May. The influenza virus can cause mild to severe illness and, in some situations, can lead to death. Individuals with a greater risk of developing flu-related complications include children younger than five years old, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, women up to two weeks postpartum, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and those with certain medical conditions like asthma, heart disease and blood disorders.
According to the American Cancer Society, by the end of 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will have been diagnosed in women, and about 63,960 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS – non-invasive and the earliest form of breast cancer) will have been diagnosed. With these estimates in mind, a woman currently has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime. These statistics continue to make breast cancer the most common cancer among women, second only to skin cancer.
Dr. Allison Johnson, General Surgeon with Haywood Regional Medical Center, will be presenting the Talk with a Doc dinner seminar “Breast Cancer Screening and Prevention” on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 PM at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center (located adjacent to the hospital). Dr. Johnson will speak while patrons enjoy a healthy meal. Afterward, she will circulate and allow guests to ask questions. RSVP is required, and seats are limited.
Whether you are a cancer patient, survivor, newly diagnosed, in treatment, gathering strength or thriving, yoga can support active physical and mental health self-care. Haywood Regional is pleased to announce a new program available at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center for the cancer community, Yoga for Cancer Survivorship. This program is evidence-based and complements ongoing medical cancer care.
Effective immediately, Haywood Regional has initiated its emergency response plan and is proactively taking steps to prepare for the potential impact of Hurricane Florence. The facility’s top priority is to continue providing the highest quality care possible while ensuring the safety of patients and their families, employees and providers – especially in a potentially emergent situation.
Haywood Regional Medical Center has awarded $4,000 in scholarships to the top band and football students at each area hospital who held the highest GPA among their peers. They were selected by the band directions and athletic directors from each school, and honored for their achievements at the 50 yard line at the County Clash football game on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Marty Stamey, Senior Operations Director of Haywood Regional Medical Center, presented the scholarships to each student and their family members. Haywood Regional congratulates all four of these students’ academic and athletic achievements!
The issue of suicide is a very difficult and concerning topic to address – and, unfortunately, it is on the rise. In fact, a recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows suicide rates increasing by 25 percent over nearly two decades through the end of 2016. Data from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention further underscores the importance and urgency of raising awareness of suicide, as suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. – with nearly 45,000 Americans taking their own lives each year.
Cholesterol. You probably know that it’s an important factor when it comes to your overall health and wellness, but what is it, exactly? September marks National Cholesterol Education Month, making it a perfect time to refresh our knowledge on the ins and outs of cholesterol and understand how it affects your health.
Filiberto Colón, MD, gastroenterologist with Haywood Regional Medical Center will be presenting the Talk with a Doc dinner seminar “Colon Cancer: Prevention and Screening” on Thurs. Aug. 16 6pm at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. Colón will speak while patrons enjoy a healthy meal. Afterward, he will circulate to visit with guests and answer questions.
With summer drawing to a close, it will soon be time to focus on getting back into more “normal” routines. After-school practices, homework, carpool duties and the like become the order of the day once more. But there’s another routine that shouldn’t be ignored amid all of the excitement of a new school year – immunizations. August is National Immunization Awareness Month and serves as a great reminder of the important role that regular immunizations play in making communities healthier.
The pools are splashing. Campgrounds and ball fields are hopping. And the highways are filled with families heading out to spend quality time at beaches, mountains and other fun destinations across the country. All of this outdoor activity can only mean one thing – summer has officially arrived! And while now can be the perfect time to enjoy fun in the sun and fill up on vitamin D, it’s important to take the proper precautions against getting overheated as the temperatures climb this time of year.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) has recently released updated guidelines that lower the recommended age for colon cancer screening. According to the new ACS recommendations, those at average risk for colon cancer should begin screening at age 45 instead of 50. The new guidelines were put in place following a major data review that showed a rising rate of colon cancer in adults younger than 50.
Kate Queen, MD, Rheumatologist with Haywood Regional Medical Center will be presenting the Talk with a Doc seminar “Osteo: What is it? Do I have it? What can I do?” on Thursday July 19 at 6pm at the Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. Queen will speak about osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, osteopenia and include topics of improving balance, nutrition for bone and muscle health, safe movement and more. Patrons can enjoy a meal during, and afterward will be given the opportunity to ask questions. To attend this complimentary dinner seminar, please call 800.424.DOCS (3627). RSVP required to attend.
Need to see a pediatrician? Mountain Pediatric Group is now seeing patients in Canton on Fridays in new location at 119 Park Street, Canton NC 28716 (located within Haywood Family Practice – Canton or behind Kobe Express). Friday office hours are 8 am – 4 pm.
June is Men’s Health Month, a great time for men to evaluate their current level of wellness and recommit to a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity is one of the best tools you have to improve or maintain good physical and mental health. Regular exercise can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight; help reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers; enhance your bone and muscle strength; and help improve your mood and decrease feelings of stress and anxiety. Of course, this goes for both men and women.
If you're having a baby, planning to have a baby or have children, don't miss this event!
Haywood Regional Medical Center and Haywood Regional Sports Medicine are proudly hosting the annual Free Sports Physicals session on Thursday May 24, 2018 at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center located at 75 Leroy George Drive, Clyde. Students may arrive according to the following schedule:
Haywood Regional Medical Center physicians, leaders and clinicians celebrate receiving the Center of Distinction Award, which was given to Haywood Wound Care by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for twelve consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal. There were 635 Centers eligible for the Center of Distinction award, but only 427 achieved the honor.
When it comes to our health, it can be easy to focus exclusively on physical health – making sure we are staying up to date on annual exams and screenings, committing to a regular exercise routine, eating nutritious foods and the like. But there is another important facet of our health that we should not ignore – our mental health. National Mental Health Month is observed each May to provide a platform for discussing mental health and raising awareness of the important role it plays in our lives.
Jenny Van Winkle, OBGYN with Haywood Regional Medical Center, will be hosting the next Walk with a Doc program on Sat. May 5 10 am at Lake Junaluska Kern Center (adjacent to the pool). Come meet and greet the newest OBGYN and discuss cervical cancer screenings.
David Peterson, MD, Cardiologist with Haywood Regional Medical Center will be presenting the Talk with a Doc seminar “Advancements in Heart Care at Haywood Regional” on Thursday May 17 at 6pm at the Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. Peterson will speak about heart health while patrons enjoy a meal. Afterward, he will circulate among the tables to visit with guests and answer questions. To attend this complimentary dinner seminar, call 800.424.DOCS (3627).
Question: Are we getting raises?
Question: When will CSR get new instruments to make more sets that we have to turn over, or One Tray. It will make for a much smoother day and we could add more surgeries.
Haywood Regional Medical Center would like to extend a welcome to their newest provider Dr. Kelly McAlvany, Urology. McAlvany will join the medical staff on April 16, 2018.
The Mountaineer and Haywood Regional Medical Center are teaming up to provide a Health & Wellness Expo from 9 am - 2 pm on Saturday April 21 at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center at 75 Leroy George Drive, Clyde NC.
Haywood Regional Medical Center, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital Earn Top Honor from LifePoint Health
LifePoint Health® (NASDAQ: LPNT), a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®, recently awarded Haywood Regional Medical Center, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital a 2017 High Five Award as a market for demonstrating excellence across all aspects of their operations. LifePoint is the operating partner of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, of which these hospitals are a part. Together, the facilities were one of three honorees within LifePoint’s network of more than 70 hospitals across the country to receive the prestigious honor. Each year, the High Five Award is awarded to three of LifePoint’s hospitals that have demonstrated exceptional achievements in fulfilling the company’s High Five Guiding Principles, which include:
Haywood Regional Medical Center will host the first of their 2018 Walk With a Doc walking program on Sat. April 7 10am at Lake Junaluska Kern Center featuring David Peterson, cardiologist, speaking on “Risk Factors for Heart Attacks”.
Lung Direct, an enterprise software for customizable support to lung screenings, announces a free webinar “Improving Lung Cancer Survival in the Community Setting: Nodule Management, Screening and Program Development” featuring Scott Skibo, pulmonologist with Haywood Regional Medical Center, on Friday March 23 at 1 p.m.
Do you remember when you used to put on your favorite bell bottoms and disco dance the night away? If you do, then it’s probably time to think about a routine colonoscopy screening. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women, excluding skin cancers. And the vast majority of these cases occur in people 50 and older.
“You are what you eat.” We’ve all heard it, and many of us have jokingly used the common saying amongst one another. But there really is a kernel of truth there. Eating healthy can help us be healthy. There’s never a bad time to talk about healthy eating, but March is an especially good opportunity because it’s National Nutrition Month® – a time to focus on making smart food choices, establishing healthy eating habits and ensuring that we are doing what we can to reduce food waste. Did you know that it’s estimated that an average 300 pounds of food per person is thrown away each year? This year’s theme from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is “Go Further with Food” – a reminder for all of us to get the most out of what we eat while wasting the least. Here are a few simple ways you can help make your food go further.
Your heart is one of the hardest working muscles you’ve got. It ticks around the clock to keep you alive and only gets a break when you’re relaxing or sleeping. With so much riding on this essential muscle, it’s important to treat it smart. According to the American Heart Association, one in four people die of heart disease every year. And it’s not playing favorites – heart disease is the number one killer of men and women. In fact, more women die of heart disease than from most cancers combined.
Haywood Regional Medical Center is hosting the series “Know Your Numbers - Heart Month Screening” to promote awareness of signs and symptoms of a heart attack, heart health, survive – don’t drive, hands only CPR, and more. These events are free of charge and open to the public.
Due to high levels of respiratory viruses in the community, Haywood Regional Medical Center is implementing seasonal influenza precautions with visitation restrictions.
Birth Defects Month is a worldwide health observance during January and Haywood Regional Medical Center wants to shed light on ways you can lower your chances of having a baby with a birth defect. “Although many birth defects are not preventable, due to unknown risks - there are steps you can take to decrease the ones that are identified,” said David Kirk, MD, Haywood Women’s Medical Center.
Fresh Year, Fresh Start: Give your health a jumpstart in 2018 with a fresh approach to healthy eating
Ask anyone what their New Year’s resolution is and chances are they’ll mention a determination to eat healthier. While many of us may consider a renewed focus on healthy eating as a way to make up for the rich indulgences of the holiday season or as a pathway to fit more comfortably into that favorite pair of jeans, healthy eating comes with even greater rewards. It can reduce our risk of illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and cancer; and it can help boost our energy, sharpen our memories and stabilize our mood, leading to a noticeable improvement in our overall health.
Haywood Regional is ringing in 2018 with the year’s first bundle of joy. Weighing 7 pounds and 12 ounces and measuring 20 inches, Baby Donna was born Monday, Jan. 1, at 6:22 a.m.
When Anna and Michael first met, on their first date they found out that they had the same birthday which was Dec. 20. When they found out they were expecting their first child, they were even more surprised when their babies due date was also Dec. 20. (Read More)
Baby Selena made her appearance on Nov 4, 2017 weighing 5lb 11 oz and measuring 19.75 inches. (Read More)
Western Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists Offers New Walk-in Clinic for Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Care
Haywood Regional Medical Center is proud to announce employed practice Western Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists (WCOS) now offers a walk-in orthopaedic clinic.
The holidays are a favorite time of the year for many. From sparkling decorations and festive gatherings to scrumptious holiday food and savored time with family, December is often full of joy and celebration. But amid the hustle and bustle of the season, it can be easy to forget to take care of ourselves. The busyness and stress that often accompanies the fun and frivolity makes it all the more important that we stay focused on maintaining our health and safety.
Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center (HRHFC) will run their annual Holiday Wellness Special through Friday Dec. 1 – Sunday Dec. 31. The center will waive all initiation fees on six-month membership contracts. This includes individual, couple or family rates. In order to take advantage of this special promotion, individuals must sign up for automatic payment or electronic draft of their membership dues (discounted rates are excluded from the promotion).
The holidays are a great time for celebration and enjoying friends and family, but it also can bring stress and heart related issues. With the new year coming, Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) want to offer their advice on how to get a healthier heart for the holidays and New Year.
It’s no secret that being sick is the pits, whether it’s a nasty virus that clears up after a few days or a long-term condition like cancer or diabetes. And while illness obviously takes a big toll on the patient, it can have just as big of an impact on the primary caregivers, particularly when the illness extends over a long period of time.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and if you want to help make profound change for lung cancer – the time is now!
On November 1, open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace will begin. As you may recall, the Health Insurance Marketplace has been offering expanded access to low-cost healthcare coverage for people without health insurance, or for those who are interested in exploring more cost-effective alternatives to their current coverage, since its inception in 2013. Last year alone, more than 12 million people obtained health coverage through the Marketplace.
November is National Diabetes Month. This month we will bring awareness to this growing chronic disease. The theme for this 2017 is “You Are the Center of Your Diabetes Care Team.” It is important to remember that as a patient with diabetes, you are the most important member of your diabetes care team. You are in charge of managing your diabetes but you should also enlist expert help and advice from your doctors, dietitians, diabetes educators, pharmacists, family and friends to successfully manage your diabetes. This year the National Institute of Diabetes has developed four simple steps to managing diabetes for life.
"The nurses and doctors were all so nice. They helped me handle the pain and I truly don’t believe my birthing experience could’ve been any better. .."(Read More)
"I loved everybody here. Devin, Jamie and Kristen really stood out for me. They always came to make sure I had what I needed. Dr. Kirk was so nice and made sure I was comfortable..." (Read More)
The Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers are hosting a book and gift sale “Books R Fun” at Haywood Regional Medical Center on Mon. Oct. 30, 2017 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and Tues. Oct. 31st from 7:00 am – 2:00 pm in the 2nd floor classroom at the hospital at 262 Leroy George Drive in Clyde, NC. All proceeds benefit the Haywood Regional Hospital Auxiliary. The volunteer organization raises funds for worthwhile causes in Haywood County such as Haywood Community College Scholarships, Power of Pink (mammogram funding), and Haywood Healthcare Foundation.
The Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers are hosting a book and gift sale “Books R Fun” at Haywood Regional Medical Center on Mon. Oct. 30, 2017 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and Tues. Oct. 31st from 7:00 am – 2:00 pm in the 2nd floor classroom at the hospital at 262 Leroy George Drive in Clyde, NC. All proceeds benefit the Haywood Regional Hospital Auxiliary. The volunteer organization raises funds for worthwhile causes in Haywood County such as Haywood Community College Scholarships, Power of Pink (mammogram funding), and Haywood Healthcare Foundation.
Dr. Allison Johnson, medical director of the Haywood Breast Center, will be presenting the Talk with the Doc seminar “Breast Care at Haywood Regional” on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Haywood Regional Medical Center – Café. Dr. Johnson will speak while patrons enjoy a healthy meal. Afterward, she will circulate to visit with guests and answer questions. To attend this complimentary dinner, reservations are required – please call toll-free 800.424.DOCS (3627) to RSVP in advance.
The Haywood Breast Center at Haywood Regional Medical Center is hosting a free educational open house event on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the Outpatient Care Center – 2nd floor on the Haywood Regional Medical Center campus. The event includes tours of the Haywood Breast Center, meeting the team including physicians, breast cancer education, after hours mammograms (by appointment), massages, refreshments, and local vendors including the Clyde Fire Department in pink, and more. Reservations are not required – bring your mother or daughter and learn about the latest guidelines for breast screening and advances in treatment options for breast cancer.
A healthy lifestyle and early detection are a great first line of defense in the fight against breast cancer.
After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. In fact, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. With October designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this is a great time to bring attention to this disease. At Haywood Regional Medical Center, we want all of the women in our community to understand their risk, to be alert to the signs and symptoms and to recognize the crucial role that healthy lifestyles and early detection play in fighting breast cancer.
World Heart Day is celebrated on 29 September each year. Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day informs people around the globe that CVD (cardiovascular disease), including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 17.5 million lives each year, and highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control heart disease. It aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.
Dr. Daniel Gwan-Nulla of Haywood Regional Medical Center will giving a free presentation about his medical mission work in Africa on Sunday, October 22nd, from 4:15pm – 5:30pm. He will share the joys and challenges of performing and teaching surgery in African mission hospitals. The new venue will be at the Haywood Regional Health and Fitness Center classrooms at 75 Leroy George Drive in Clyde adjacent to Haywood Regional Medical Center. This presentation is open to the public and free of charge.
Question: I had to go to the Urgent Care recently and I was told that hospital employees no longer get the 20 % discount if paid at time of service. I was wondering why this was eliminated. As an employee I thought saving money by using our own facilities was a great benefit and it's very disappointing this was taken away.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. Protect your child on the roads and drop in for free car seat check event at Mountain Pediatric Group on Thursday Sept. 21 from 2-4 p.m. hosted by Waynesville Fire Department and Clyde Fire Department.
Haywood Regional Medical Center has awarded $1,000 scholarships to the top band student at each area high school for students who hold the highest GPA among their peers. They were selected by the band directors from each school, and honored for their achievement at the County Clash football game on Friday, September 1, 2017. Rod Harkleroad, Chief Executive Officer of Haywood Regional Medical Center, presented the scholarships to each student while family members and thousands of Pisgah and Tuscola High School fans looked on.
In recognition of the vital role that environmental service workers play, Haywood Regional Medical Center recognizes their EVS team during the week of Sept 10 – 16th, 2017 – National Healthcare Environmental Services Week. Our environmental services team is responsible for caring for the patient environment across all care settings; including the hospital, outpatient care center, urgent care centers, and physician practices.
Flu season is officially here and the CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. You should try to get your flu vaccine anytime between now and the end of October, if possible. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses and prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Flu vaccines have been updated for the 2017-2018 season.
Home Care Services of Haywood Regional Medical Center named Premier Performer by SHPBest™ awards program
Home Care Services of Haywood Regional Medical Center has been named a “Premier Performer” in the recently released “2016 SHPBest™” results – ranking in the top 5 percent of providers. The program is administered by Strategic Health Programs (SHP) to recognize home health agencies that consistently provide high quality service to their patients.
It’s a taboo topic; one many of us don’t like to even think about. But suicide is a real problem, and every year, it claims the life of 41,000 people. At Haywood Regional Medical center, we want to help. We want to raise awareness of the dangers of mental illness and help erase the stigma. And it starts with talking about the signs and who’s at risk.
Blue Mountain Urology and Haywood Regional Medical Center will be offering prostate screenings on Saturday September 16, 2017 for a cost of $20. If you are 50 and older, or if you are over 40 with an immediate family history of prostate cancer, it's time to schedule your annual screening. To make an appointment, call 828-452-9700 to schedule your PSA (blood test) and exam with Dr. Steele. Appointments are required in advance.
Question: Why do we not have an endocrinologist at Haywood? I'm having to take PTO time and days to go to Asheville for myself and my step daughter to see an endocrinologist. I know there is a lot of people in Haywood that are diabetic and would benefit from have an endocrinologists here and not have to make the trip to Asheville.
Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) is announcing that Dr. Randall Towne has joined the medical staff. “We are very pleased with the addition of an experienced interventional cardiologist like Dr. Towne to our cardiology team.” said Rod Harkleroad, CEO of Haywood Regional Medical Center. “With Dr. Towne on board, we are expanding the comprehensive heart care services available at our hospital to meet the needs of Western North Carolina so more patients can get care closer to home. With the addition of Dr. Towne, Haywood Regional offers an integrated approach to heart care that spans the spectrum from prevention and diagnostic care to the latest in interventional treatments and rehabilitation.”
Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) is announcing that obstetrician Dr. Jenny Van Winkle joined the medical staff on August 1, 2017. Van Winkle is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology. She received her medical degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center – College of Medicine and completed her residency at The Methodist Hospital – Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology in Houston, TX.
Dr. Daniel Gwan-Nulla of Haywood Regional Medical Center, recently presented his video of a leading edge procedure which he performed at Haywood Regional Medical Center, at the 2017 Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas.
For months, news streams across the country have been filled with commentary about The Great American Solar Eclipse that will cross over 14 states in August. And for good reason. The natural phenomenon is rare in and of itself, requiring perfect alignment of the earth, moon and sun, and, according to scientists, often occurs over water sources or other locations uninhabited by humans. This occurrence is particularly rare since it is the first to cover the continental U.S. in 99 years, and the first to stay completely in the U.S. since 1776. Its path of totality will stretch 70 miles wide and ripple through the skies from, you guessed it, Oregon to South Carolina.
Haywood Regional Medical Center was recently presented the Golden Bow Award by the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition (NCBC) in recognition of outstanding efforts to support breastfeeding. The Golden Bow Award was launched in 2008 by the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition (NCBC) to honor hospitals that implement policies to promote breastfeeding, specifically discouraging the distribution of infant formula companies' bags to new mothers.
Healthy behaviors for new moms and babies take the spotlight August 1 – 7 during World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), an opportunity for health-related groups across the world to focus their efforts on the benefits of breastfeeding. Launched in 1991 by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), WBW aims to “protect, promote and support breastfeeding.” This year, the organization is placing particular emphasis on working together for the common good.
Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) announced that Chad Lott, PA-C will join Waynesville Family Practice beginning July 10.
Summer. School’s out, and so is the sun. With the days at their longest and brightest, many of us are taking advantage of the season, soaking up vitamin D and spending as much time in the fresh summer air as we can – whether that means planning a vacation to the beach, getting out on the water, organizing pick-up games in the park or embarking on early evening walks with the family.
Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center (HRHFC) will be holding an event on Wed. July 12 at 9:30 a.m. in honor of a new program at Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC), Walk with a Doc. Community members and HRHFC members are encouraged to join in on the movement. Event will be held at the HRHFC main entrance, located at 75 Leroy George Drive, Clyde (adjacent to HRMC).
It’s probably no secret to anyone that, on average, women take a more proactive approach to their health than men do. That historic imbalance reveals its sobering effects in the facts. According to studies noted by the Men’s Health Network, men die an average of almost five years earlier than women, and at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death.
AHCA and the negative impact it will have on our community - By Rod Harkleroad, CEO, Haywood Regional Medical Center and Maurice Phillips, Board Chair, Haywood Regional Medical Center
Our country’s healthcare system is in the midst of a massive upheaval. Never before have we witnessed such challenges that will impact both the type of care our community receives and the ability of our local hospital to continue providing the high-quality care that we know each of you have come to expect from our physicians, nurses and staff. As you may be aware, politicians in Washington, DC are considering a healthcare reform bill called the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This bill seeks to completely transform how we deliver care to you, but unfortunately, as it is currently being considered, not for the better. If passed in its current form, our local economy, as well as that of our state and country, will suffer. And our hospital, a bedrock of our community, will see severe negative effects.
Haywood Regional Medical Center received the prestigious Business of the Year award for its growth, excellent business practices and commitment to serving the community.
Haywood Regional Medical Center invites all residents of Haywood County and neighboring communities to its annual Hospice and Palliative Care event celebrating and remembering loved ones on Thursday June 22nd, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will include live music, activities for children and adults, guest speakers and more.
Expectant Balsam mother, Caitlin Austin never imagined giving birth to her second child in a car. Caitlin began having active labor contractions at around 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday March 30. She called her sister immediately to take her to the hospital as she knew the baby was coming quickly.
The Wound Care Center® at Haywood Regional Medical Center, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds. The fourth annual Wound Care Awareness Week is being held from June 5 to June 9. One of nearly 800 Healogics-managed Centers; the Wound Care Center® at Haywood Regional offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds. Program Directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to educating physicians, patients and the general public about the chronic wound epidemic and the advanced wound care solutions.
Caitlin Austin never imagined giving birth to her second child in a car. Caitlin began having active labor contractions at around 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday May 30, 2017. (Read More)
Haywood Regional Medical Center, which is part of LifePoint Health, recently announced that Valerie Newkirk has been recognized as the hospital’s 2017 Mercy Award winner. Newkirk is one of roughly 70 other individuals across LifePoint Health, a leading healthcare company that employs more than 46,000 individuals, to receive this award. Newkirk works in the women’s imaging department.
Question: What are the chances of having an employee only daycare center on campus? It would be very convenient to have them close by. There are several daycare facilities in the area but most of them have waiting lists. An after-school program and summer program for older children would make the center just about perfect.
Thursday, May 25, 2017 – Free Sports Physicals at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. Schedule - 3:30pm: Bethel Middle, 4:15pm: Canton Middle, 5pm-Waynesville Middle, 5:45pm Tuscola/Pisgah High School. Registration packets to be picked up at school – bring completed packet with you. Parent Lounge with health information, refreshments and meet the CEO. Visit myhaywoodregional.com or call 828.452.8080 with questions.
Wash your hands. How many times have we heard that oft-repeated refrain over our lifetimes? Since we were children, we’ve been encouraged to wash our hands after playing outside, before eating, after using the restroom and any one of a number of other occasions.
In honor of National Osteoporosis Month, Haywood Regional Osteoporosis Center will be offering a free educational event “Strong Bones for Life” on Thurs. May 11 from 5 -7 p.m. at the Outpatient Care Center – 2nd floor. Space is limited – RSVP by calling 800.424.DOCS (3627).
The Breast Care Center at Haywood Regional Medical Center is hosting a free educational open house event on Thurs. May 18, 2017 from 5 -7 pm at the Outpatient Care Center – 2nd floor on the Haywood Regional Medical Center campus. The event includes tours of the Breast Care Center, meeting the team including physicians, breast cancer education, Moonlight Mammograms (by appointment), a ribbon cutting, massages, refreshments, and local vendors including Pink Regalia, Our Daily Bread and more. Reservations are not required – bring your mother or daughter and learn about the latest guidelines for breast screening and advances in treatment options for breast cancer.
Haywood Regional Medical Center Receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Haywood Regional was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.
During the month of April, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) celebrates Occupational Therapy Month and the more than 213,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students who work nationwide to create fuller lives for clients and their families.
Haywood Regional Medical Center will host the first of Haywood County’s Walk With a Doc walking program on Saturday April 29, 20 17 at 10am – starting at Lake Junaluska – Kern Center porch. Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with healthcare professionals, who will provide support to the walkers and answer questions during the walk. Dr. David Peterson (Cardiology) will be speaking on the topic of “Exercise and Eating right” on Saturday April 29.
Question: First, I would like to say the staff in the cafeteria are very nice and courteous. What I would like to ask about is healthier options? I have recently noticed there are very limited health options for a hot meal. Some days your choices are limited to tacos or fried food. I recently had 3 patients comment on the food during their stay. They didn't say it taste bad but told me they were glad to be discharged so they could go home and eat healthier. If you do not eat red meat it is very hard to order something hot that is also healthy. I wonder if it would be possible to add in a healthy option hot meal to the daily menu? Maybe arrange a program working with the dietician and cardiologist suggested items?
Question: Why has CNN been dropped off the TV cable package in the ER waiting room and presumably for the whole hospital, leaving only Fox as the only cable news channel? There always used to be CNN AND Fox, now only Fox. CNN disappeared over a month or more ago, just says "No Signal" for the CNN channel. Several patients have asked about it, since Fox is so biased. Now Fox is the only option for news apparently in the hospital. None of the other channels appear to have been removed, just CNN. CNN was always there until recently, as well as Fox News. Not sure if this is just in the ER Waiting Room or the whole hospital inpatient rooms. Patients want choices for their news and I get complaints and questions.
In recent years, there has been continued debate about the risks and benefits of vaccination, but despite the noise, one thing remains clear: vaccines help prevent infectious diseases and save lives. And if that isn’t reason enough, childhood vaccinations are recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention there have been 1,455 cases in the United States and the District of Columbia where there has been laboratory evidence of possible Zika Virus Infection confirmed as of Feb. 22, 2017.
The old adage “let nature takes its course” is sound advice for expecting mothers. But it’s easier said than done when society is constantly urging us to hurry up. Sometimes, expectant mothers want to schedule their deliveries on or before their actual due date. At Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC), as part of our efforts to provide the highest quality and safest care to our patients, we discourage early elective deliveries and want to educate moms-to-be about the associated risks.
Spring forward, fall back – either way, it not only can affect children and their daily sleep routines, it can also take a big toll on adults. Even though the clocks change by only an hour during Daylight Savings Time, the effects are noticeable. This can be especially true for the spring change, due to losing that one hour, which typically is subtracted from time spent sleeping.
Having a baby is an exciting event and the Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) parent education program aims to educate and prepare expectant parents, family members, and even siblings on how to welcome a new baby into a family.
“That’s the thing about colon cancer. Many do not realize that colon cancer can begin and have zero symptoms associated with it,” said Filberto Colon, MD, Gastroenterologist of Mountain Medical Associates. “When discovered early, it is highly treatable.”
Food can mean a number of things to us. It can be a source of delight, a means to gather friends and loved ones around a common table, even an instrument of comfort at the end of a long day. But most importantly, food is fuel. The bonds between good food and good health are strong, and it’s crucial to fuel our body with the proper nutrients to stay healthy.
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. at the Senior Resource Center at 81 Elmwood Way, Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care will hold its fifth in an ongoing series of workshops focusing on Advance Directives. This is a no-cost event which is open to the public.
Haywood Regional celebrated becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center on Thurs Feb. 23 with a celebratory and educational event open to the public. Activities at this event included Hands only CPR education with demos and mannequins, educational booths, signs and symptoms of a heart attack education, heart health, Don’t Drive – Stay Alive, representatives of Western Carolina Cardiology, health screenings (BMI, BP) and refreshments
Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) is announcing that Jody Schmit, CNM has joined Haywood Women’s Medical Center. “We are very pleased with the addition of an experienced nurse-midwife like Jody to Haywood Women’s Medical Center,” said Rod Harkleroad, CEO of Haywood Regional Medical Center. “With Jody on board, we plan to expand upon the services of Haywood Women’s Medical Center to meet the needs of Western North Carolina so more patients can get care closer to home.”
Come be a part of one of the largest healthcare companies in the country. Haywood Regional has outstanding careers opportunities looking to be filled.
Has your child had a sports physical this year? You can get it done – no appointment necessary at our Urgent Care Clinics in Waynesville and Canton – 7 days a week from 8:00am-6:30pm for $31.50 (cash only).
According to The American Heart Association, cardiac arrest occurs suddenly and often without warning and also is a leading cause of death in the United States. Death can occur within minutes if the victim does not receive treatment, which is why knowledge of hands-only CPR is so vital in saving someone’s life until emergency personnel can arrive. Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center (HRHFC) will be hosting an American Heart Association Hands-Only CPR course on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.
Question: As we are in the window for JCAHO, we have been through multiple changes with management and had interims as well , can we keep a current list on the intranet of the different administrators and their roles? As JCAHO always seems to ask who is the CNO, CFO, who is over quality, risk management, etc...
Heart health is one of the most important factors that can affect wound healing. Chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the United States, and these wounds cost more than $50 billion annually. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to a diminished quality of life and possible amputation of the affected limb.
Super Bowl weekend is here! Have big plans? or, big worries about all the tempting and unhealthy treats you may come across? Keep your heart pumping for those big plays, and also for Heart Month! Our registered dietitian and nutritionist provided a few healthy alternatives to your game day eats!
Haywood Regional Medical Center is hosting a chest pain educational event and accreditation celebration on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 3pm – 5pm at the Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center in the classrooms. The event will be celebrating the recent accreditation of Haywood Regional as a Chest Pain Center and offering educational activities to promote awareness of signs and symptoms of a heart attack, screenings, CPR education, and more. This event is free of charge and open to the public.
As the New Year has started many look forward to accomplishing their resolutions. The most common New Year’s resolutions is, of course, geared towards some type of ubiquitous nutrition or fitness related goal. According to University of Scranton, research suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year's goals. Why is this?
February is National Heart Month. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. So, why go red exactly?
Haywood Regional Medical Center is currently seeking volunteers of all ages for ongoing support at the hospital, outpatient care center and The Homestead. Volunteering for Haywood Regional will offer you an opportunity to utilize your special talents, learn new skills, and make new friends.
Come be a part of one of the largest healthcare companies in the country. Haywood Regional has outstanding careers opportunities looking to be filled. HRMC will be recruiting talent along with other employers at the following regional job fairs.
The wildfires that ravaged Gatlinburg in November of last year are still months away from a full recovery for many. Haywood Regional chef Derek Sword and Shane Danner, pastor of Cullowhee Valley Baptist and purchasing agent of Haywood Regional, donated kitchen supplies to a Gatlinburg church and members that lost homes and property. Items donated included coffee mugs, a microwave, and food serving platters.
Question: Will the CEO be emailing the information presented in the forums earlier in the week? Some of us were unable to attend for various reasons.
Haywood Regional Medical Center is partnering with Mountain Projects to educate our community with a Marketplace Enrollment Event on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00p.m. at Haywood Community College at 185 Freedlander Drive in the Student Center/Auditorium building, Clyde, NC.
It’s the New Year, and you know what that means – resolutions! But this year, there’s an easy resolution you can make that will have a significant impact on your health for the upcoming year – visit the Health Insurance Marketplace and enroll in an affordable health insurance plan. It will allow you to see a doctor long before you actually need one.
Caitlin and her husband had looked into options for delivery but quickly made up their mind to deliver at Haywood Regional after touring the Women’s Care Unit and also participating in HRMC’s parent education classes. (Read More)
"All the doctors and nurses went above and beyond during my delivery..." (Read More)
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. And seasonal obstacles like busy holiday schedules, blood drives canceled due to inclement winter weather, and illnesses like the flu sidelining potential donors can hamper efforts to maintain a healthy blood supply. That’s why, since 1970, January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month – a month dedicated to shining a spotlight on the generosity of those who give their blood to save the lives of others, while also raising awareness of the continued need for donations.
Folic acid is a B-Vitamin recommended to be taken before and during a pregnancy and is necessary for proper cell growth for babies. Jan. 8-12 is a national observance to raise the awareness on the importance of the vitamin.
As the world welcomed in a new year Ashly and Michael welcomed a new baby girl. Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) celebrated the year’s first bundle of joy on Monday, Jan. 2nd, at 9:24 p.m. weighing in at eight pounds and one ounce and measuring 22 inches. Baby Adalynn made a healthy and celebratory entrance.
Due to Rising Cases of Flu-like Illness, Haywood Regional Announces Limited Visitation at its Medical Center
Effective immediately, Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) will begin “limited visitation” at the hospital due to the increased number of positive flu cases in our area and increased number of admissions. The rates of influenza-like illness have risen above the two percent mark in our region and the flu has been responsible for the deaths of four people in the state already. Visitor limitations is a precaution often taken during flu season when flu activity reaches a certain level. Should the flu activity level increase further, greater restrictions may be recommended or implemented.
he and her husband live in Nigeria and have family in Haywood County. Due to the high-risk nature of her multiple gestation pregnancy, they decided to stay local and deliver at Haywood Regional Medical Center. (Read More)
As the world welcomed in a new year Ashly and Michael welcomed a new baby girl. (Read More)
Haywood Regional Medical Center has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), the accrediting arm of the American College of Cardiology. SCPC is an international not-for-profit organization focused on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.
Having a baby is an exciting event and the Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) parent education program aims to educate and prepare expecting parents, family members, and even siblings on how to welcome a new baby into a family. While every class subject varies, the overall goal is to provide you and your loved ones with information on how to prepare for childbirth, make informed decisions, and aid in education and support before and after a delivery.
Haywood Regional Health and Fitness Center will hold an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certification course beginning in January. The dates of the course will be Jan. 17, 19, 21, 24 and 26. The Saturday, Jan. 21 class will be from 9-4 p.m. and all other dates will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Offers leading edge treatments using state-of-the-art technology - Through a partnership with Healogics, Haywood Regional Medical Center is able to offer a new and comprehensive center offering specialized wound care. Services include wound consultation / evaluation / diagnostic / treatment, non-invasive vascular studies, specialty wound dressings, bio-engineered skin grafts/substitutes, compression therapy, treatment of wound, skin and bone infections including antibiotic therapy, negative pressure wound therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (coming soon).
Question: Is there any way we can get a baseboard heater put under the ER Greeter desk? It is extremely cold in the ER Waiting Room at night. Patient family members are constantly complaining.
Haywood Regional Health and Fitness Center (HRHFC) is excited to announce the addition of tai chi fitness classes. Tai chi is available every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:45-11:45 a.m., and also on Thursday from 1-2 p.m.
Few things are more fun than buying toys for the children we love during the holidays, and often, shopping for our little ones brings us as much joy as it does them. But before you plunge into toy-buying this holiday season, Haywood Regional Medical Center urges you to keep safety top-of-mind and consider the following facts and shopping tips before you spend.
Haywood Regional Medical Center has been recognized by the March of Dimes for its work to give babies a healthier start in life. HRMC earned the recognition after successfully reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy to less than one percent (1%). This is a tremendous accomplishment, and one that will give more babies the right start in life, the March of Dimes says.
Haywood Regional Medical Center volunteers invite you to their holiday bake sale Dec 2, starting at 7 a.m. in the second floor cafeteria.
The Homestead and Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care announce that they are hosting a Memory Tree for the holiday season. Coworkers, family members, and friends who have lost a loved one are welcome to bring a special ornament to add to the tree in memory of or in honor of someone special. They may also come in and write a special message or sign an ornament on the tree.
According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States – a whopping 8.3 percent of the population – have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, specifically, is increasingly considered a national epidemic – a health crisis that has hit working class and poor communities with powerful punch. As November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, let’s take a closer look at the disease and the steps you can take today to help prevent it.
From the turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving to the delicious desserts, treats for Santa and eggnog at Christmas, the holidays are one of the hardest times of year to eat healthy. In fact, studies show that the average adult gains one to two pounds every year during Thanksgiving and Christmas. While this is a small increase, over the course of 10, 20 and 30 years, an individual’s weight gain could be as much as 60 pounds.
Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) wants to urge everyone to take precautions while Haywood County is labeled as having unhealthy air quality due to WNC forest fires.
The role of the nurse practitioner (NP) will be showcased Nov. 13 - 19, as NPs across the country celebrate more than 50 years of practice during National NP Week. In the United States, this distinguished group of health care professionals number approximately 222,000 strong with an additional 20,000 NP students graduating each year.
Get Smart about Antibiotic Week, an annual one-week observance starting on Nov. 14, raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of improving antibiotic use. Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) wants to make sure you understand the proper use of antibiotics for this flu season.
Mountain Pediatric Group announces winter hours effective November 1, 2016 – the practice is open for appointments Monday through Friday - 8am to 5pm. In addition, Mountain Pediatric Group is offering a walk-in clinic on Saturdays from 8am to 10am. New pediatric patients are accepted from age birth to 18 years old. Services include well child checks, pre-natal visits, immunizations, sports physicals, sick visits, ADHD and newborn nursery coverage at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
National Radiologic Technology Week is celebrated annually to recognize the vital work of Radiologic Technicians across the nation. The celebration takes place each year during the week of Nov. 6 thru 12, which celebrates the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on Nov. 8, 1895.
Haywood Regional Medical Center has awarded $1,000 scholarships to the top band student at each area high school for students who hold the highest GPA among their peers. They were selected by the band directors from each school, and honored for their achievement at the County Clash football game on Friday October 14, 2016. Rod Harkleroad, RN, MMHC, Chief Executive Officer of Haywood Regional Medical Center, presented the scholarships to each student while family members and thousands of Pisgah and Tuscola High School fans looked on.
Respiratory therapists all across the nation will be recognized for the important contributions they make to the nation’s health care system Oct. 23-29, 2016 as hospitals and other facilities celebrate National Respiratory Care Week. Sponsored every year by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), Respiratory Care Week was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 and has been scheduled for the last full week in October ever since to turn the spotlight on respiratory therapists and the work they do to bring compassionate care to those with breathing problems.
Question: As a part timer why can't we buy into the Health Insurance the hospital offers? It is extremely hard to get coverage on our own.
Dinner with the Doc – "Winning the War on Lung Cancer: The Present and the Future" Dr. Scott Skibo - Nov 14 (new date!)
Dr. Scott Skibo, a physician with Pulmonary Specialists of WNC will present "Winning the War on Lung Cancer: The Present and the Future" on Monday, November 14th, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Haywood Regional Medical Center Café. Reservations are required – please call toll free 800.424.DOCS (3627) to RSVP in advance.
Question: The hospital is always telling us if we want to learn more to continue our education. Does the hospital still reimburse people for certificates earned or classes completed towards degrees?
Question: With the Cafe closed at 2 our 2nd and 3rd shift employees are unable to get food obviously but also the free 16 0z drink. Is there a way for the hospital to include other shifts in promotions like this when they close the cafe If not should we look at doing different types of promotion so all the staff can be included?
Question: Gluten Free is becoming more known in the community. Not as a fad diet but as a real medical issue for those suffering Gluten intolerance. Will the Caf? ever start labeling and or making Gluten Free options? Considering Gluten Free items have special handling requirements to be sure they are not contaminated.
Dr. Allison Johnson, a physician with Haywood Surgical Associates will be presenting the Dinner with the Doc seminar “Breast Cancer: Where Are We Now and What’s Next?” on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Haywood Regional Medical Center – Café. Dr. Johnson and Breast Care Nurse Navigator, Johanna Dewees, RN will speak while patrons enjoy a healthy meal.
Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) is announcing that Dr. David Kirk joined Haywood Women’s Care on September 12, 2016. Dr. Kirk is accepting new patients. Appointments can be made by calling Haywood Women’s Medical Center at 828.452.5042.
Waynesville Family Practice is now offering same day appointments with the expansion of their team to include Dr. Leslie Koretz, Brian Taylor-PA-C, and Emily Watson PA-C. The practice also includes Michael Pass, MD, John Stringfield, MD, Judy Stringfield, MD, Thomas Ward, MD, and David Wangerin-Lile, PA-C. The practice is located at 1272 East Street in Waynesville, NC. As a part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, Waynesville Family Practice is supported by Duke University Health System’s world-renowned leadership in clinical excellence and quality care and LifePoint Health’s extensive resources, knowledge, and experience in operating community hospitals. Visit us at http://www.waynesvillefamilypractice.com/. Call 828.456.3511 to make an appointment.
This year’s Power of Pink Event took place place on Saturday, September 24th, beginning at the Haywood Regional Fitness Center. The event was a tremendous success! See results and photos here!
Join us for Haywood Heart to Heart 5K (self-timed event) on Saturday September 17, 2016 at Lake Junaluska to help support a local family. Jacob is a nurse on the cardiac floor at Haywood Regional Medical Center who underwent a life-threatening illness and open heart surgery in July. He and his wife, Kalane have a one year old little girl, and another baby on the way. The walk/run begins at 9am – you may pre-register via links below or sign up the day of the event.
Dinner with a Doc – "Live Stronger Longer – Panel for Seniors and Caregivers" with Dr. Michael Pass and Panel
Dr. Michael Pass, a physician with Waynesville Family Practice and the Homestead Hospice and Palliative Care will be presenting the Dinner with a Doc seminar “Live Stronger Longer – Panel for Seniors & Caregivers” on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Haywood Regional Medical Center – Café. Topics will include: Palliative Care/Homestead, Home Care, Silver Sneakers, Safety in the Home/Falls Prevention, Optimal Nutrition for Seniors, and Depression/Dementia.
Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) announced today that pediatrician Dr. Anna Mooney will join Mountain Pediatric Group on September 1, 2016. Dr. Mooney is accepting new patients. Appointments can be made by calling Mountain Pediatric Group at 828.452.8878 –appointments are frequently available on a same day basis.
Haywood Regional Medical Center will be offering A Matter of Balance as an eight-week program beginning Wednesday, September 7, 2016 for FREE to eligible participants. A Matter of Balance classes will be held at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center each Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – October 26, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. A workbook and refreshments will be provided.
Blue Mountain Urology and Haywood Regional Medical Center will be offering prostate screenings on Saturday September 24, 2016 for a cost of $20. If you are 50 and older, or if you are over 40 with an immediate family history of prostate cancer, it's time to schedule your annual screening. To make an appointment, call 828-452-9700 to schedule your PSA (blood test) and exam with Dr. Hooper or Dr. Steele.
Dr. Benjamin Debelak, an orthopedic surgeon with Western Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists, will be presenting the Dinner with a Doc seminar “Rotator Cuff Tears and Repairs” on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Haywood Regional Medical Center – Café. Dr. Debelak will speak while patrons enjoy a healthy meal.
Get off the couch and get running with our Couch to 5K program starting Aug 4th, 2016 at the Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. Join the team every Thursday at 6pm for specialized sessions to prepare you to finish your fist 5K (3.1 mile) race! This will be in preparation for the Power of Pink 5K on Saturday September 24th at 9am. If you want to make changes in your fitness level, but have no idea how to start, this program can help! If you want to get fit, get more exercise in your life, and get on track for a more active, healthier lifestyle – take the next step and call to sign up at 828.452.8080. These sessions are complimentary – and fitness center membership is not required.
Health issues don’t take nights and weekends off. Whether it’s a late-night migraine or a sprained ankle on your morning jog, minor illnesses and injuries can happen at any time. Be sure to choose the proper care facility for your medical situation.
Health issues don’t take nights and weekends off. Whether it’s a late-night migraine or a sprained ankle on your morning jog, minor illnesses and injuries can happen at any time. Be sure to choose the proper care facility for your medical situation.
Question: What is Duke Lifepoint's long range vision/plan for Haywood Regional?
Question: You have such a great group of people working here. They are dedicated and bring their best to their jobs every day to provide excellent patient care in spite of this facility. Most have been working here for many, many years....by choice....none of whom have ever had even a cost of living increase. When does Duke Lifepoint plan to begin recognizing all their employees with yearly cost-of-living salary increases and yearly merit increases in salary?
Question: Patient safety and satisfaction are very important. Employee safety and satisfaction is at least equally as important...after all, if we don't take care of ourselves, we will become our own patients! This urgent care facility, quite frankly, looks like something out of a war zone. The building itself is a health hazard. I know there are plans to eventually move into a new building....but, in the mean time, this facility needs a LOT of attention. What can be done with the limited finances available to improve the safety (air quality, elimination of pests and vermin, general cleanliness, etc) of this facility while we wait?
Question: Why do we have EIB if we cannot use it? I do not think that we should have to use 24 hrs. of PTO before we can use EIB. If there are people who are abusing sick time then the office manager should take care of that and there should be a policy where you are warned and written up after so many occurrences. Then after so many occurrences you should be dismissed. Employees who come to work and do their job should not be penalized for employees who do not. Good employees should be rewarded.
Question: What can I expect in terms of your involvement to actively promote Integrated Care practice (behavioral health clinician in primary care settings) into patient service delivery here at HRMC?
Question: How will HRMC ensure that leadership positions are filled by those qualified to hold them?
Question: Home Health is a fabulous community outreach department. We would love to grow but never seem to. Any plans for this?
Question: Why do we pay the men to mow our grass when it's so brown & dry?
What Are Those Crazy Weightlifting Techniques? by Jim Gregory PT, DPT, MTC,CSCS With the recent explosion of Crossfit into the Fitness world, terms such as “power clean”, “snatch”, and “clean and jerk” have become more commonplace amongst gym members. These types of lifts can look intimidating and cause novices to have a very negative view of these training techniques. To learn more about Olympic weightlifting...
Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) is announcing that Dr. Paul Levy joined Mountain Medical Associates on June 1, 2016. “We are very pleased with the addition of an experienced gastroenterologist like Dr. Levy to Mountain Medical Associates,” said Rod Harkelroad, CEO of Haywood Regional Medical Center. “With Dr. Levy on board, we will be able to expand the availability of services at Mountain Medical Associates to meet the needs of Western North Carolina so more patients can get care closer to home.”
Glenn Trent, MD, a spine surgeon with Mountain Spine Care, will be presenting the Dinner with a Doc seminar “Spinal Fractures: Is Kyphoplasty Right For You?”” on Thursday July 21st, 2016 at 6pm at the Haywood Regional Medical Center – Café. Dr. Trent will speak while patrons enjoy a healthy meal. Afterward, he will circulate to visit with guests and answer questions. To attend this complimentary dinner seminar, reservations are required - call 800.424.DOCS (3627).
Haywood Regional Medical Center, which is part of LifePoint Health, recently announced that Jennifer Stickle, LPCA, LCASA has been recognized as the hospital’s 2016 Mercy Award winner. Stickle is one of roughly 70 other individuals across LifePoint Health, a leading healthcare company that employs more than 46,000 individuals, to receive this award. Stickle works in the Behavioral Health Unit at HRMC.
Haywood Regional Medical Center invites all residents of Haywood County and neighboring communities to its annual Hospice and Palliative Care event celebrating and remembering loved ones. The event will include live music, activities for children and adults, guest speakers and more. Light refreshments will be served, and tours of the Homestead will be available. The event will be held on Saturday June 11, 2016 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Homestead – located at 127 Sunset Ridge Road, Clyde, NC (take Hospital Drive to Spicewood Drive to Sunset Ridge Road). This event is sponsored by the Haywood Healthcare Foundation and Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care.
Dinner with a Doc – “From Pain to Performance: Hip & Knee Replacement” Presented by Gerald King, MD (Orthopedic Surgeon) on June 16
Gerald King, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with Western Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists, will be presenting the Dinner with a Doc seminar “From Pain to Performance: Hip & Knee Replacement” on Thursday June 16th, 2016 at 6pm at the Haywood Regional Medical Center – Café. Dr. King will speak while patrons enjoy a healthy meal. Afterward, he will circulate to visit with guests and answer questions. To attend this complimentary dinner seminar, reservations are required - call 800.424.DOCS (3627). Topics to be covered include: basic hip and knee anatomy, arthritis, signs and symptoms of arthritis, conservative treatments for arthritis, and hip & knee replacement.
A family friendly open house event will be hosted by the Mountain Pediatric Group on Friday June 3rd, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the practice in Haywood Professional Park in Clyde near Coffee Cup Café. The open house will feature tours, meet the doctor, teddy bear and doll clinic, car set safety inspections, fire truck, smoke house demonstrations, children’s activities, entertainment, crafts, bubbles, refreshments, kid-friendly recipes, health information, and more!
Seasoned healthcare administrator to take the helm. Clyde, N.C. (May 13, 2016) – Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC), a Duke LifePoint hospital, announced today that Rod Harkleroad has been named chief executive officer (CEO), effective June 6. Harkleroad most recently served as CEO of Riverview Regional Medical Center (RRMC) and Trousdale Medical Center (TMC), both of which are part of a four-hospital regional healthcare system in Tennessee that is part of LifePoint Health.
Nursing staff were nominated by their peers for four awards and the winners were announced this week on the final day of Nurses Week 2016.
There will be a guided discussion of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande. This program will be held in the auditorium of the Waynesville branch of the Haywood County Public Library at 678 S Haywood St in Waynesville on Thursday May 26th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. There will be a refreshment break from 5:00 to 5:15, and ample time for questions. Leading the discussion will be Michael Pass, MD, Medical Director of Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care and the Homestead and William Everett, PhD, Ethics Professor Emeritus at Andover Newton Theological School.
Lunch and Learn – “Fortifying Your Framework – A Fall and Fracture Free Future” on Monday May 23, 2016
Kate Queen, MD, of Mountain Medical Associates and the hospital’s rehabilitation, nutrition and fitness center teams will be leading the presentation, will be leading the presentation, “Fortifying Your Framework: A Fall & Fracture Free Future” on Monday May 23, 2016 from noon to 1:30pm at the Haywood Regional Health and Fitness Center 2nd floor classroom. Presentation topics will include improving balance, nutrition for bone and muscle health, safe movement and more. Dr. Queen and the panel presenters will speak while patrons enjoy a healthy meal. Afterward there will be a question and answer session. To attend this complimentary lunch seminar, RSVP is required – call 800.424.DOCS (3627) to register.
For one week every year, the nation’s healthcare leaders pause to celebrate and recognize the millions of healthcare professionals – from dieticians to physicians, administrative support to engineers – who make safe, high quality, compassionate healthcare available in communities across the country. From May 8 -14, Haywood Regional Medical Center is proud to join the American Hospital Association for National Hospital Week and honor the hard work, commitment and dedication of the men and women who are the heart of our hospital.
Celebrating Our Nurses during National Nurses Week By: Inna Makievsky, CNO, Haywood Regional Medical Center Across the country, there are millions of nurses united by a deep desire to care for others in their greatest times of need. They are the compassionate faces at the bedside and the healing hands that work tirelessly to ensure that each patient receives safe, quality care.
Come see the mobile book and gift sale with an incredible selection of products at Haywood Regional Medical Center. You can shop and get everything at great prices! Monday May 2 - 8am-4pm and Tuesday May 3 - 7am-2pm.
You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers. But they also bring pollen, ragweed and a slew of other wheeze-, sneeze-, and sniffle-inducing allergens. At Haywood Regional Medical Center, we’re committed to making communities healthier, and one way we do that is by helping you manage your springtime allergies. First of all, what causes springtime sniffling and sneezing?
A ribbon cutting event was hosted by the Haywood County of Chamber of Commerce for Mountain Pediatric Group recently at the practice in Haywood Professional Park in Clyde near Coffee Cup Café. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by medical staff, the Haywood Regional Medical Center leadership team including CEO Phillip Wright, Haywood county chamber ambassadors, members of the Chamber Board of Directors and the HRMC Board of Directors, many hospital employees, and most proudly, the wife and parents of Dr. James Guerriere.
The Haywood Regional Medical Center gift shop is hosting a Mother’s Day Sale event on Monday May 2nd, 2016 from 11am – 2:30pm. Proceeds from sales in the gift shop benefit scholarships for students in nursing or medical related fields of study at Haywood Community College
Haywood Regional Medical Center is offering a Freedom From Smoking Group Clinic starting on Tuesday March 29, 2016. The program runs March 29 – May 10, 2016 on Tuesdays from 6pm to 8pm (with one Thursday session on Apr 21st). The cost is only $25 and registration is open now – call 800.424.DOCS (3627) to enroll .
Haywood Regional Medical Center is encouraging everyone in the community to recognize their physicians during this year's National Doctors Day, which is held annually on March 30th. The special day gives us time to reflect on the hard work physicians do each and every day as they take care of the sick and injured and help others maintain good health. Haywood Regional Medical Center will be honoring its physicians with special activities, as all of the hospital’s staff makes it a point to celebrate their doctors during this week of appreciation.
The Homestead at Haywood Regional Medical Center is currently seeking interested hospice volunteers to register for upcoming orientation and patient care training. The new volunteer orientation session will be held on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 from 9:00 am till 12:30 pm at Haywood Regional Medical Center in the Clinical Learning Building (Old Urgent Care Building located behind the Hospital). Everyone interested in being a hospice volunteer must attend this orientation and the Patient Care Training session as well.
Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut out a favorite activity because you might fall? If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls is a program for you. Haywood Regional Medical Center will be offering A Matter of Balance as an eight-week program beginning Wednesday, April 20, 2016 for FREE to eligible participants.
Haywood Regional Medical Center is celebrating Certified Nurses Day, March 19th, by honoring its board certified nurses. We recognize all certified nurses for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care.
Haywood Regional Medical Center will be recruiting talent along with other employers at upcoming regional job fairs
According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancers are the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the U.S. While more than 130,000 new cases of colon and rectal cancers are expected to be diagnosed in 2016, the overall incidence and death rates associated with this disease have been on the decline for more than a decade. Effective screening in the form of colonoscopies is the primary driver of these declines, which is why it is recommended that all men and women begin routine testing at the age of 50.
Haywood Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the leap day baby birth of Rowan Elizabeth Reece – proud parents Johnny and Autumn Reece welcomed baby Rowan at 8:13am on Monday February 29th. She weighed 7lbs 7oz and is 19 ¾” long. She will be welcomed at home by big sisters Kaleigh and Carissa. Dr. Alyson Miletich of Haywood Women’s Medical Center delivered baby Rowan and shared, “It is a privilege to be involved in the pregnancies and deliveries of the women in western North Carolina.
Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center will be hosting a Community Wellness Day on Wednesday, February 24. This event will be held from 10am-2pm and is open to the public. Our professional exercise staff will perform free Starting Point fitness assessments, which evaluates an individual’s vitals, BMI (Body Mass Index) targeted heart rate and fitness needs.
Haywood Regional Medical is hosting a free Chest Pain Educational Session on Monday February 22, 2016 from 7-9pm at the Haywood Regional Health and Fitness Center 2nd floor Classrooms. Myocardial Infarction is the number 1 killer in the United States. Heart Attacks need not kill or destroy heart muscle. Half of these patients had signs & symptoms prior to the event but did not act upon them immediately & did not call 911. You can help prevent heart attacks by understanding the risk factors, learning signs and symptoms, learn hands only CPR, and becoming an active bystander who could help save a life!
Haywood Regional Medical Center announced today that Dr. James Guerriere will begin seeing patients at Mountain Pediatric Group.
Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) announces that Emily Watson, PA-C will join Haywood Family Practice Canton beginning February 2016.
Haywood Regional Medical Center is announcing that Dr. Glenn Trent joined Mountain Spine Care on February 1, 2016.
At the conclusion of Winter Storm Jonas, Haywood Regional Medical Center wishes to thank all of their employees and providers for their outstanding efforts.
Physicians on staff at Haywood Regional Medical Center customarily receive a small holiday gift from administration – this year they unanimously opted to “re-gift” the funds to various community charities. One selected charity is Open Door.
Haywood Regional Medical Center (a Duke LifePoint Hospital) will be hosting a Nursing Job Fair event on Wednesday February 3, 2016 from 3pm to 8pm at Haywood Community College. The job fair is specifically for RNs and CNAs to learn about current opportunities at HRMC. Nursing attendees will be able to apply on the spot as well as have the opportunity to interview that day with clinical administrators. The event will be held in the Student Services Building (1500) located at 185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde, NC.
Physicians on staff at Haywood Regional Medical Center customarily receive a small holiday gift from administration – this year they unanimously opted to “re-gift” the funds to various community charities.
This free walk-in event will include one-on-one assistance in health insurance enrollment and information about services available to the Haywood County community. This event will help those who wish to sign up for affordable health insurance before the final deadline of January 31, 2016, re-enroll or make changes to their coverage, and avoid the IRS fine for not being covered by insurance.
Become a member of the fitness center in January and initiation fee is waived. Also offering personal training discounted packages.
Monthly Grief Processing Support Group Meetings offered by Haywood Regional Hospice and Palliative Care
The Homestead Hospice and Palliative Care is offering monthly grief processing support groups to provide bereavement education and support for any adult who has experienced the loss of a loved one.
The Freedom from Smoking group clinic includes eight sessions over seven week and features a step by step plan for quitting smoking.
The Homestead and Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care announce that they are hosting a Memory Tree for the holiday season. Coworkers, family members, and friends who have lost a loved one are welcome to bring a special ornament to add to the tree in memory of or in honor of someone special
Update by Dr. Leslie Koretz - More is not necessarily better when it comes to cervical cancer screening.
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) have been providing primary, acute and specialty healthcare to patients of all ages and walks of life for nearly half a century. NPs assess patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests, make diagnoses, and initiate and manage treatment plans – including prescribing medications. They are the healthcare providers of choice for millions of patients. An NP is truly Your Partner in Health.
It's October! And we're Thinking Pink for breast cancer awareness. Do you know the signs, symptoms and risk factors? Learn more here.
National PA Week - October 6-10
If you are experiencing a life threatening event please call 911 or travel to the closest ER
Noted Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon brings new services to Haywood County
Margaret Woody recognized for demonstrating compassion and unwavering commitment To helping others
Dr. Charles C. Thomas, FACRO, a member of the Haywood Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, was recently elected to serve as Chancellor of the American College of Radiation Oncology Board of Chancellors.