Director of Emergency Center Announced

Contact: Karen Gainey, Marketing Coordinator
Phone: 910-291-7550 FAX: 910-291-7996

March 2, 2011

Karen Carlisle, RN, BSN, of Red Springs, has been named Director of Scotland Memorial Hospital's Emergency Center.


Ms. Carlisle began her career in emergency medical care as an EMT on the Robeson County ambulance service. "After several years in that role, I decided to pursue a career in nursing," she stated. "While continuing to work as an EMT I earned my RN degree from Robeson Community College and then a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with a minor in Business Administration, from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. I love nursing and the impact I have on my patients and their health."

After working for several years in the Emergency Center at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, in 2002 she joined the Scotland Memorial Hospital family as a Nursing Supervisor.

Lori Dove, Scotland Health Care System's Vice President of Quality and Resource Management, is excited about the addition of Ms. Carlisle to the EC staff. "Karen has many years of emergency medicine experience. She's highly qualified for the position and a very energetic individual. She's on the ball and ready to go."

"I love working at Scotland Memorial Hospital," Carlisle stated. "It's such a personable place to work. Everyone knows each other and staff members are very willing to help each other. And, while I loved being a nursing supervisor and helping to support the entire nursing staff, emergency nursing is truly my passion. I enjoy directing the staff of the Emergency Center and love the fast pace of the Emergency Center and making a difference in the lives of the patients."

While her role as the EC Director includes a great deal of administrative duties Carlisle says she is still able to provide some hands-on nursing care. "When the EC gets busy, it takes all of us pulling together to care for the patients."

Carlisle added that in addition to the EC security and protocol changes made in the past year, the team continues to work on improving services. "Currently we are working on continuing to decrease the number of patients who leave without being seen as well as decreasing our wait times. Our goal is to get patients who present with chest pains out of the waiting room and into the treatment area for an EKG within ten minutes."

Scotland Memorial Hospital's Emergency Center treated close to 36,000 patients last year and, for many, serves as the front door of the hospital. For additional information about Scotland Memorial's Emergency Center, or Scotland Urgent Care Center, which often offers a more timely and less costly visit for a non-life threatening illness or injury, call 910-291-7550.

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