North Carolina hospital expands cardiology services

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A Duke LifePoint hospital in Sylva, N.C., is expanding its cardiology services by taking over an existing cardiology center in the community and hiring two new physicians as it works to provide more specialty care.

Harris Regional Hospital, an 86-bed acute and specialty care facility, will open a hospital-owned practice once a nearby cardiology clinic, branded Sylva Cardiology, closes at the end of the year, the hospital said in a statement.

With the new center, Harris Regional will be adding diagnostic treatment, monitoring services, stress testing and echocardiology to its services. Additionally, they plan to establish cardiac catheterization services and a pacemaker implantation clinic.

“We are excited to grow our local cardiology program by providing additional services close to home for residents who shouldn’t have to travel outside of their community for healthcare that we can provide,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, in a statement.

As it continues to expand, Harris Regional is seeking chest pain center accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, the accrediting subsidiary of the American College of Cardiology, so that it can provide adequate early heart attack care.