Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital announce multi-year partnership extension with Western Carolina University to remain exclusive healthcare provider for Catamount Athletics Sylva/Bryson City/Cullowhee, NC (September 23, 2021): Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are pleased to announce a three-year partnership extension with Western Carolina University to remain the exclusive healthcare provider for Catamount Athletics through The Ascent Partnership.
For decades, the hospitals’ support for Catamount Athletics has included physician-led game and injury coverage for WCU student-athletes, physical therapy and sports medicine services on the sidelines and on the court, and clinical rotations for students training in musculoskeletal disciplines. The Ascent Partnership formalized the relationship in 2015 featuring an exclusive corporate sponsorship for all WCU sports.
“Western Carolina University and Catamount Athletics are essential to our region,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. “We are proud to always support the university and to continue to strengthen our commitment to our role as the exclusive healthcare provider for WCU student athletes, their coaches, trainers, and everyone who supports the teams and players.”
“We are thrilled to continue our extensive partnership with Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital,” said Alex Gary, WCU Director of Athletics. “This relationship positively impacts Catamount Athletics in so many ways and is a vital component to our student-athlete experience.”
The partnership features significantly greater visibility for Harris Regional Hospital and Swain
Community Hospital including signage on the Jordan-Phillips Field House overlooking Paws Porch on the north end of E.J. Whitmire Stadium and new hospital signage in the main concourse of the Ramsey Center. The Harris and Swain medical team will evaluate and treat injuries in a new Harris/Swain triage tent at all home and away football games.
In addition to high visibility within Catamount Athletics, the hospitals have a permanent presence on the WCU campus in the Health and Human Sciences Building on Little Savannah Road including both a primary care clinic and Harris Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy. Team physicians are practicing providers at Harris Orthopedics and Sports Medicine on the campus of Harris Regional Hospital.