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August 17, 2009

Dr. Cheryl Davis, board certified internal medicine physician, has joined the staff of Scotland Memorial Hospital as a member of the Hospitalist team, effective August 18th.


While growing up in Pembroke and attending Purnell Swett High School, Dr. Davis had plans to become a physician. However, her life and future career took a sharp turn during college when her mother passed away after a brief fight with cancer.

"Throughout my mother's illness her doctor was there for our family and made house calls whenever we needed him," commented Dr. Davis. "My mother's illness was a life-altering experience which helped shaped my career path to being a physician. My experience with my mother enlightened me to the role that a physician can play during a family illness."

Upon earning her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Davis completed a residency there and spent a year serving as Chief Resident. She and her husband, Thad, and eight year old Alyssa and one year old Addison, have settled in Shannon, close to their family. Her husband founded Primary Health Choice, a mental health/case management company with offices in Maxton, Lumberton and Red Springs.

Dr. Davis enjoys focusing on the treatment of sick, hospitalized patients. "There's a lot to be said for good outpatient physicians who pay attention to health maintenance and who keep patients out of the hospital. However, I enjoy working with critically ill patients and the challenges they present. It's often very intense and that fits my personality. My interest in cardiology and nephrology often also aids in the treatment of hospitalized patients.

"I feel that good healthcare in this area is so important," continued Dr. Davis. "It's necessary that we physicians understand the dynamics and culture of the community and the health care decisions people face. Also, I believe it's true that patients are more apt to do what a physician recommends or prescribes when patients trust their physicians. This trust is earned by true physician empathy.

Dr. Davis' arrival brings to four the number of fulltime hospitalists on Scotland Memorial Hospital's Hospitalist team. She joins Doctors Lori Heim, Jeff Moore, Gerald Parker, and Nurse Practitioners Recci Rock and Jill Pearce. For more information about the Hospitalist program, contact Recci Rock, FNP, program coordinator, at 910-291-6904.

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 67 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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