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December 19, 2009

Residents can breath easier now. Dr. John Atkins, pulmonologist, has opened a private practice at Laurinburg Internal Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonology, and critical care and board eligible in sleep medicine. Dr. Atkins is a member of Scotland Health Care System's medical staff.


Dr. Atkins is excited about being in Laurinburg. He is originally from Raleigh, where most of his family, including his father and three of his siblings, still live. His mother and a sister reside in Fayetteville and other family members in Anson County. "I haven't lived this close to home in over 20 years," he stated.

After serving as the medical director of the ICU, pulmonary function lab, and the bronchoscopy suite at Brooke Army Medical Center, Dr. Atkins worked as the Chief of Medical Services of the 41st Combat Support Hospital for one year and as the medical director of the pulmonary disease clinic at Camp Eagle Base in Bosnia.

Following the completion of his 15-year military career as the Chief of the Pulmonary Disease Service at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Ft. Gordon, Georgia, Dr. Atkins joined Acute Care consultants, Inc/CSRA Pulmonary Associates, a large private practice in Augusta, where he practiced for the past four years.

Dr. Atkins treats patients suffering from breathing problems associated with lung and respiratory conditions, including:
Cystic Fibrosis
Pulmonary Edema
Sleep Apnea

Dr. Atkins earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. Following an internship at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, he completed a residency in internal medicine at The Presidio of San Francisco and the Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. A fellowship in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine was completed at Brooke Army Medical Center.

"I absolutely love being in North Carolina," continued Dr. Atkins. "I love to golf and it's so nice to be close to the great golf courses in the area. Years ago my grandfather worked as a waiter and caddied at the old Pinehurst hotel. My uncle worked there as the chef and my grandmother as a waitress and in housekeeping. So it will be fun to complete the circle and go back to play golf where my family once worked."

For appointments with Dr. Atkins, call Laurinburg Internal Medicine at 910-276-7727.

Scotland Health Care System is a community owned, not-for-profit health care system located in Laurinburg, North Carolina. The 154-bed system is comprised of the 104-bed Scotland Memorial Hospital, The 50-bed Edwin Morgan Center, Scotland Memorial Foundation, and Hospice of Scotland County. The Health Care System also owns and operates four primary care facilities, a general surgery practice and an ob/gyn practice.

With more than 1,000 employees, Scotland Health Care System is Scotland County's largest, non-governmental, private employer. Its medical staff includes 71 physicians representing many medical specialties. Scotland Memorial Hospital is ranked in the top ten percent in North Carolina for Surgical Care. In 2008, the Health Care System contributed more than $8 million in charity care to the community.

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