Scotland Health Care System Trustee Receives Award

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May 5, 2010

On Saturday, May 1st, James W. Mason, III Scotland Health Care System's Board Chairman, received the prestigious 2010 North Carolina Hospital Association Trustee Service Award at a ceremony in Greensboro.


Jim Mason, Chairman of Scotland Health Care System's Board of Trustees, with wife Lynn, and Greg Wood, System President and CEO, receive the Trustee of the Year award at the North Carolina Hospital Assocation Banquet

A Laurinburg native and a professional real estate appraiser who operates his own business, Mr. Mason has for many years served in a number of leadership capacities in our community and in fact won the Dunbar/McCoy Quality of Life Award from the Chamber for Outstanding Community Service in 1999 and the NC Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service for his service to Hospice of Scotland County in 2005.

Greg Wood, Scotland Health Care System's President and CEO, was delighted to learn of the NCHA's selection of Mason for this award. "Having been the CEO of Scotland Health Care System for 20 years, I have served ten different Chairmen, all of whom have been excellent. What makes Jim special, however, is his insistence that personal relationships drive success, a complete commitment to openness in all we do, and his unwavering willingness to do what is right, regardless of the implications."

Mason has a ten-year career in the System's governance roles. He chaired the Building Committee for many years and became a member of the Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee in 2004. His professional passion is his commitment to the appearance of the System's facilities and grounds.

He was selected for the award for his selfless service, his collaborative and transparent leadership style, and his commitment to the community's best interest.

"I was honored by this award but I haven't really done anything more than other trustee leaders have done in the past," Mason commented. "Scotland Health Care System has had strong governance in place for 60+ years. I appreciate the award but it's not about me, it's really about the things we do right at this system. Governing the Health Care System is a team effort and thankfully we have outstanding physicians along with a strong board, management team, and front line staff."

A genuine interest in people's lives is the primary theme of Mason's tenure. "No matter how busy he or a meeting agenda is, Jim finds time to ask new trustees or management staff how they and their family are doing," Mr. Wood stated. "Professionally, Jim insists that all key stakeholders are always involved and fully informed of major decisions. He practiced "transparency" long before it became the latest leadership fad. As a result, our Board remains extremely unified and informed and our medical staff relationships are as strong as they've ever been. These values were critical as he led the system collaboratively through the extensive affiliation process that ended with the partnership with Carolinas HealthCare System last March."

Mason follows in his father's footsteps, a highly successful lawyer who chaired Scotland Health Care System from 1975-1976. From his father, Jim learned that community service is a requirement of living in a community, a lesson he learned very well. Mason is now in his third year of chairmanship.

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 2009, the Health Care System contributed more than $8 million in charity care to the community.

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