Smoky Mountain News, May 3, 2012
When a team of moving men showed up in the surgery suite of MedWest-Harris two years ago and rolled a specialized spinal surgery table out the door, news that Harris' equipment was being raided by its sister hospital on the other side of the mountain spread like wildfire through the halls of doctors' offices in Jackson County. The hospitals in Haywood and Jackson were a mere three months in to a joint venture at the time. The premise: working together the two hospitals would be stronger than going it alone. But, stripping the spine table from Harris' operating room quickly became a large-than-life symbol of the struggle for Jackson County doctors to hang on to their autonomy under the new MedWest banner.