LAURINBURG — Scotland County’s hospice will lose its chief executive officer at the end of this month when Jane Murray begins her new position as director of the Iredell County Health Department.
Murray has been CEO of Hospice of Scotland County since 2007, a job she took after spending five years as director of Scotland County’s health department. She will leave that office on Sept. 28. for one she says will provide her with an opportunity to return to her true passion.
“I always knew that at some point I wanted to get back into public health and this looked like a wonderful opportunity to be able to do that,” she said. “It just kind of all worked out.”
Murray will also be leaving her position as vice-chair of the Scotland County Board of Health.
“I’ve established 28 years of service to the community and I love Scotland County,” she said. “I’ll certainly miss the relationships, family, and friends here and look to get very involved in Iredell County.”
During her tenure as health director in Scotland County, Murray led the development of the health department’s bioterrorism and smallpox response plans as well as regulations for well water, mosquito and animal control.
Herself a registered nurse, Murray held various public health nursing positions at the health department before becoming its director. As well as her service to the health department and hospice, she also previously worked as director of student support for Scotland County Schools.
“From the very beginning we were impressed with Mrs. Murray’s energy and enthusiasm,” said Sylvia Chapman, chair of the Iredell County Board of Health. “It was evident from the moment we met her that she is a hard worker and very dedicated to public health. She knows how to work with people and get things accomplished.”
Murray said Iredell County’s large health department, which offers several services as well as a dental clinic, “will be an opportunity for some new challenges.”
“Hospice of Scotland County has benefited tremendously from Jane’s leadership over the past six years,” said Stewart Thomas, chair of Hospice’s board of trustees. “Our reputation as an organization committed to excellent end-of-life care for patients and families has been enhanced because of her efforts. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank Jane for her hard work and dedication, and we wish her the best as she takes on this new professional opportunity.”
Taking over as Hospice’s acting CEO will be Tammie Slaughter, who currently serves as chief clinical officer. Slaughter joined Hospice in 1999 as director of patient care services.
Slaughter completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UNC-Greensboro, and earlier this year received a master’s degree in nursing with a concentration in nursing administration. She is a member of the Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association.
“Tammie brings a wealth of knowledge, training, and experience at Hospice of Scotland County to the role of acting CEO,” Thomas said. “As Chief Clinical Officer, Tammie has provided leadership for the daily clinical operations of the agency, ensuring our patients and families receive excellent care.”
The Hospice board of trustees has appointed a search committee to begin the process of finding and hiring a new permanent CEO.
“We hope to have someone as soon as possible,” Thomas said. “A search committee has been approved by the board and has authorization to move forward with a search as quickly as possible.”