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News Community WestCare honors employees for service milestones

Vicki Lewis, MBA, BSN, RN, CPAN, Director of Comprehensive Family Services (L) and Dr. Charles Toledo with WNC Pediatric and Adolescent Care, were both honored for their years of service – Lewis for 30 years, and Toledo for 25 years.WestCare recently held a lunch and ceremony to honor 26 employees for their years of service on the Harris, Swain and Franklin campuses.

The employees were recognized for milestones ranging from five to 30 years and collectively represented 345 years of service to West- Care. Each employee’s manager provided brief words of praise for the staff member before awarding them with a framed certificate.

Vicki Lewis, MBA, BSN, RN, CPAN, Director of Comprehensive Family Services, was recognized for 30 years of service.

Recognized for 25 years of service were Dr. Randall Provost with Sylva Medical Center and Dr. Charles Toledo with WNC Pediatric and Adolescent Care. Recognized for 20 years of service was Michelle Roland, RN (Swain Med/Surg Nursing Unit).

Recognized for 15 years of service were Jill Cobb, RN (Swain Emergency Department), Sandy Davis, PT (Rehabilitation), Sandra Gibson (Mountain Surgical), Malinda Lapuglia (Sylva Medical Center), Ginny Middleton, RN (3 East), Brenda Patton, CNA (Endoscopy), Marvellia Ross (Home Health), and Misty Stiltner (Laboratory).

Recognized for 10 years of service were Lynn Bingham (Surgical Services), Kevin Burrell (Surgical Services), Kelly Daniels (Sleep Services), Kristen Daniels (Swain Respiratory Therapy), Melissa Henry (Medical Records), Carrie Powell (Sports Medicine), Eugene Schweizer (Home Health/Hospice), Vaughn Shepherd (Maintenance), Elizabeth Sistare, RN (Clinical Coordinator), Cara Tari (Sylva Orthopaedics), and Tori Trost, RN (Mother/Baby).

Recognized for five years of service were John Sutton (Respiratory Therapy), Kristen Wells (Emergency Department Registration), and Heather Wilkes (Pharmacy).

“It’s an honor to recognize the dedication and longstanding service of our staff members who have chosen to work at WestCare. These awards exemplify the commitment of our employees, including our department directors and outstanding physicians,” said Steve Heatherly, WestCare President and CEO. “We thank each of them for providing excellent care for patients and for supporting each other in their roles.”

Service awards luncheons are held quarterly at Harris Regional Hospital.

WestCare Health System was formed through a partnership of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital in 1997 and serves Jackson, Swain, Macon and Graham counties with primary and subspecialty care, outpatient facilities and urgent care.


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