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October 16, 2019

Centenarian celebrates 101st Birthday Exercising

In true healthy living style, Richard Renfro celebrated his 101 birthday with his Cardiopulmonary Rehab group that he attends regularly and has done so for the past 10 years. Renfro attributes his health to exercising regularly. The Missouri native joined the Western Carolina University Music Department Faculty in 1950 and served both as a professor and the head of the department. He retired in 1980 and now participates in the cardiac rehab program, weekly. Harris Regional Hospital was honored to celebrate with Mr. Renfro in this momentous milestone.


Cardiac Rehabilitation Services at Harris Regional Hospital are designed to help participants learn to modify and control risk factors and maintain optimal health by achieving a personal level of physical, psychological, vocational, and social health through three phases of rehabilitation: inpatient, outpatient, and maintenance.


To continue serving the members of the community, Harris Regional and Swain Community Hospitals are actively working towards achieving chest pain accreditation, a national certification for early heart attack care. In doing so, Harris and Swain will be able to evaluate and improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack allowing our hospitals to care for patients in their own communities. By committing to achieve Chest Pain accreditation, “It means that we are constantly looking for ways to improve the care delivered for patients experiencing Acute Coronary Syndrome symptoms. It involves looking at everything from community education to EMS care, ED care, inpatient care, and how we get patients to our tertiary care center” Emergency Department Director Stephen Plemmons commented. For more information on Cardiac Rehab or Chest Pain accreditation, you can visitwww.myharrisregional.com, www.myswaincommunity.com or call (828) 586-7100.

About The Author

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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