LAURINBURG — Women’s Health Center of the Carolinas marked its official opening on Tuesday with an open house and ribbon cutting.
The event was hosted by Scotland Health Care System and Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce.
“This health care system has made a long-term investment in the community and the health care industry,” said Guy McCook, chairman of the Scotland County Commissioners. “This is the economic engine of our community.”
McCook added that the local health care system is the single largest industry in the community. More people have been employed through the hospital or other health care affiliated facilities than anywhere else, he said.
About 40 people attended the 90-minute celebration at the center operated by Dr. Linda Mitchell-Frye and Kim Morgan, a women’s health nurse practitioner. The center employs 10 people.
The Women’s Health Center of the Carolinas, formerly known as the Carolinas Women’s Center, became a part of the Scotland Physicians Network last month. The center is the ninth medical practice affiliated with their network.
“I’m excited about the resources and the potential for growth that this association will allow us,” Mitchell-Frye said. “I know that within the next 20 years things are changing and I’m hoping this partnership with the hospital will ensure that women in this community will be able to continue to get quality and compassionate heath care that I know they deserve.”
Scotland Physicians Network is operated by the Scotland Health Care System and in association with a variety of healthcare centers within Scotland County.
“We’re still here and now much stronger with the support and expertise of Scotland Physicians Network,” said Mitchell-Frye, who first began working in women’s health care in Laurinburg 23 years ago. “Joining the Network provides our practice with the necessary resources in order to offer more excellent care and a greater patient experience.
The facility is at 105 McAlpine Lane. It can be reached at 910-277-3331.