The Fall Fight 2013 at Harris, Swain and Franklin…
Throughout the year we’re honored to care for patients and families faced with breast cancer. We’re pleased to provide an excellent team of physicians, a breast care nurse navigator, the latest in imaging and diagnostic technology and compassionate techs and staff in beautiful, convenient surroundings. Each October, as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month we take a moment to celebrate the care we’re privileged to provide close to home and the ways in which we honor and remember those who come through our doors valiantly battling breast cancer and coping with the impacts it has on the patient and family.  Click Here to Register Now

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  Our breast care services are provided at Harris Medical Park, 98 Doctors Drive in Sylva. 

  We also have the latest technology in breast imaging and diagnostics at Swain County Hospital. Thanks to our volunteers at Swain and a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, we are able to provide the community with digital mammography as well as bone densitometry.     
    “We are so fortunate to in this area to have a nurse navigator to guide us in our journey through breast cancer treatment. Mary Mahon, in this role, does so much more than hold our hand during this stressful period of adjustment. Mary laughs with us, cries with us, supports us, hugs us, listens to us, loves us, and always says the right thing to cheer us onward. She gives us hope, strength and courage when we need it the most.” – Darbi Walkup, Breast Cancer Survivor 

This is Mary Mahon, RN and Nurse Navigator. She’s a nurse with more than 40 years of experience. Mary is the Breast Care Nurse Navigator for MedWest-Harris/Swain/Franklin. In her role she is the point person for patients beginning their potential journey with breast cancer. Mary works with a team of radiologists, oncologists, pathologists and surgeons as well as with our state-of-the-art imaging department and dedicated radiology staff in navigating patients through their appointments and follow-ups. Most importantly Mary provides compassionate support for her patients around the clock. She leads five support groups for patients and families dealing with breast cancer, prostate cancer and all types of cancer.
"I started in oncology and have been involved in this aspect of nursing throughout my career. Being a Nurse Navigator has allowed  me to use my knowledge, experience and caring to make a difference." -- Mary Mahon, RN

 Nurse Navigator Mary Mahon is the guest on the 540 FOCUS Tuesday, September 24th. Listen at 8:15 a.m. on 540-AM WRGC

How Mary serves patients…and what they’ve said about her:

The Medical Team

See our compassionate staff at work


Thanks to the WestCare Foundation for presenting the 15th Annual Smoky Streak! It’s a 5K run/walk and 10K run to support mammograms and other women’s health services through our partnership with the Jackson County Health Department, benefiting underserved women in our community. Click here for more information on the Smoky Streak and to register.
Mark your calendar…

Every Friday in October: As part of the Fall Fight at Harris, Swain and Franklin staff are asked to wear pink every Friday during October! Send your pictures to for use on the hospitals' Facebook page and website.

Wear your Fall Fight t-shirt from years past or purchase one with the new design. A portion of the proceeds will benefit our partnership with the Jackson County Health Department that provides funding for mammograms for underserved women in our community. 

If you'd like a new t-shirt send an email to T-shirts are $10 each and can be payroll deducted. **Dress code rules still apply.

Saturday, October 5th: WestCare Foundation presents the 15th Annual Smoky Streak
Tuesday, October 8th: Tree of Hope dedication at noon in the first floor lobby of the breast center at Harris Medical Park, 98 Doctors Drive, Sylva
    Darbi Walkup, breast cancer survivor, is coordinating the 2013 Tree of Hope dedication ceremony at the breast center at Harris Medical Park, 98 Doctors Drive, Sylva at noon on Tuesday, October 8th.

Check out Darbi’s story on Health Alert with Jay Siltzer on WLOS


Tuesday, October 15th: Open House at the breast center at Harris Medical Park, 98 Doctors Drive, Sylva, from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Monday, October 21st: Open House at Swain County Hospital highlighting women’s imaging services, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Ongoing Breast Cancer Support Groups:
2nd Tuesdays – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Swain Cafeteria Private Dining Room
4th Tuesdays – 7 to 8 p.m. Harris Medical Park First Floor Lobby
‘Look Good, Feel Better’ in partnership with the American Cancer Society:
1st Monday every other month – 10 a.m. to noon Harris Medical Park (next one is October 7th)
4th Tuesdays -- A to Z group for all types of cancer 4th Tuesdays (starting October 22nd) 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Harris Medical Park
2nd Mondays -- Prostate Survivors Alliance (PSA)  group for prostate cancer survivors and their families 7 to 8 p.m. Harris Medical Park
Call Nurse Navigator Mary Mahon, RN at 631-8100 for information