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December 18, 2009

There were tears, laughter, and stories of friendship and camaraderie at Scotland Memorial Hospital Thursday as Linda Lowe and Madeline Young retired following their long-running careers in the Health Information Management Department.

Greg Wood, President and CEO of Scotland Health Care System, with new retirees Linda Lowe (left) and Madeline Young (right)

With a combined total of 52 years of service the two have spent their entire hospital service in the HIM department, formerly known as Medical Records.

Linda Lowe has served under three HIM directors in her 33 years at Scotland Memorial. Her career began under the leadership of Theresa Allen, continued under Ed Horton, and for the past 20 years she has worked for Director Tracey Page.

"This is a special place and we are a special family," stated Greg Wood at a retirement celebration for the two women. "Our people serve our patients day in and day. Some people, such as Linda and Madeline, choose to give many years to this institution. Thankfully, their families allow them to do so. Our HIM Department has a wonderful reputation, much of that due to Linda and Madeline."

Mr. Wood pointed out that both retiring women have twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild, both have November birthdays, and appropriately, they are both retiring from the hospital at the same time.

Struggling to keep the tears from her voice Tracey Page, HIM Director, thanked the retirees for their years of dedication and service. "Coding is not easy and these two are excellent in their job. I have researched the amount of revenue generated over the years as a result of the medical coding of just these two people. It totaled $855,719,219 during their careers. I, and this health care system, will miss them tremendously, not just for their diligence, but for their friendship."

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 69 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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