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August 17, 2022

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Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital Names 2022 Orchid Award Winner

Pictured from left to right first row: Miranda Partington, Chris Munton, Jason Godfrey, LaCrystal Gordon, Tiffany Brackett, Lori McDougall
Pictured from left to right second row: Douglas Gates, Kerri Nye

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital recently announced Douglas Gates, MD, has been recognized as the facility’s 2022 Orchid Award winner. The Orchid Award was created by Harris Regional Hospital to award physicians for outstanding leadership and care. The Orchid Award is presented to a physician who consistently demonstrates transparency, responsiveness, accountability, compassion, engagement, and supportive teamwork.

The orchid is one of the most highly coveted of ornamental plants, it is delicate, exotic, and graceful. The orchid represents both love and strength in all manners of being. The Orchid Award embodies the love and strength demonstrated by physicians who leave behind the best part of themselves with their patients.

Over the last several months and years, there have been a multitude of stories shared about how often Dr. Gates went above and beyond for patients. Words shared by patients of Dr. Gates have been of the likes of kind, passionate, caring, persistent, and an advocate.

Dr. Gates is an orthopedic surgeon that practices at Harris Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine. Dr. Gates is accompanied by John Songer, MD, Joshua Wu, DO, Lawrence Supik, MD, Ryan Slechta, MD, Jarod Schoeberl, PA-C, and Alexis Wiley, PA-C.

“At Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, we share LifePoint’s commitment to making communities healthier, and we recognize this is supported by the good work and service of our employees on and off the job,” said Chris Munton, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. “We are extremely proud to recognize Dr. Gates for his efforts on behalf of our patients and our community. Dr. Gates has been described as kind, passionate, caring, persistent, and an advocate for his patients. We are honored to have him as a part of the Harris Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group.”

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