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Phone: 910-291-7550 FAX: 910-291-7996
August 18, 2009
Dr. Scott Luneau, internal medicine physician, is the fifth physician to join Scotland Memorial Hospital's Hospitalist team. He starts his new position on August 18, 2009.
In college Dr. Luneau never gave a thought to a medical career. "I was originally a Political Science major," he commented. 'My first job out of college was as a legislative assistant in the United States House of Representatives. During my four-year career there I worked for a California congressman from Long Beach and then for an Oklahoma congressman. During that time I also attended the United States Naval War College in the National Security Studies program."
Dr. Luneau states he met a lot of important and interesting people during his four years in Washington - from Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth to Presidents, Vice Presidents, Senators and Congressmen. But what he was more interested in were the conversations he had with the lobbying doctors and nurses. "The issues I covered in my job were health care laws and administrative health care issues. I found myself fascinated with the clinical and science side of medicine. Whenever the nurses and doctors would come to Washington, inevitably the conversation would turn to some latest finding, a new drug, or how they enjoyed working with patients. Eventually, I decided I was young enough to change careers and made plans to study medicine."
Dr. Luneau was a non-traditional medical school applicant, and, on the recommendation of a friend, applied to and was accepted at the Medical School at the University of Debrecen Medical and Health Science Centre in Debrecen, Hungary, European Union. Upon earning his medical degree Cum Laude, Dr. Luneau returned to the United States with his wife, Henrietta, and their two children. He then completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Carilion Health System/University of Virginia, Roanoke/Salem program, in Roanoke. Dr. Luneau commented on his six years in Hungary, "I loved living in Hungary. I met my wife there and both of my children were born there. But now I'm excited about starting my new chapter here in North Carolina at Scotland Memorial Hospital."
Dr. Luneau finds that his maturity adds strength to his role as a Hospitalist. "I believe this helps make me a good physician. I knew early in my residency that I wanted to do inpatient care. The acuity is sometimes very challenging but this is what I enjoy. The whole process of admitting, working up and discharging the patient is very rewarding. I feel that I bring all my experiences to this new role at Scotland Memorial Hospital."
Laurinburg's location is very attractive to the Luneau family. "I love that we are centrally located to the coast, Raleigh, Charlotte, and the mountains," said Dr. Luneau. "There are so many things for us as a family to experience, which was important to us when relocating. It's a small town environment but close enough to all these other things to reach quickly. I'm originally from Arkansas and still have family in Little Rock. But I love this part of the country."
Dr. Luneau's arrival brings to five the number of fulltime hospitalists on Scotland Memorial Hospital's Hospitalist team. He joins Doctors Cheryl Davis, 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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