Longtime Scotland Health employees retire


Sarah Cook recently retired from Scotland Health with 41 years of service.

Sarah Cook recently retired from Scotland Health with 41 years of service.

Connie Lamb retired after 34 years as the Materials Management department’s buyer.

Connie Lamb retired after 34 years as the Materials Management department’s buyer.

LAURINBURG — Two longtime associates of Scotland Health Care System closed out a chapter in their lives last week, retiring after a combined 75 years of service.

Sarah Cook and Connie Lamb began their careers in the former Scotland Memorial Hospital facility on McLean St., moving to the current hospital when it opened in 1982.

Cook says she plans to visit family members and friends she hasn’t seen in many years, travel a bit and relax a lot more.

“I started at Scotland Memorial Hospital in 1974 as a ward secretary and worked at that job until 1987,” she said. “Then I transitioned to the Medical Records Department. At that time nothing in the department was computerized; everything was handwritten. Now it’s called Health Information Management and everything is computerized.”

Lamb started her hospital career in 1981 as a secretary in Materials Management. She retired last Friday, after 34 years, as the department’s buyer.

“Now, I’m going to spend more time with my grandchildren, travel a bit, and enjoy my leisure time, “she said.

Both retirees were honored last week at going away parties hosted by their departments.

“Retirement is similar to graduating from high school — you’re glad to get out of school but you will miss all your friends,” Cook said.

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