Davis named chief medical officer for Scotland Health

First Posted: 8/21/2013

LAURINBURG — A Pembroke native has been named to the chief medical officer for Scotland Health Care system.

Dr. Cheryl Davis, who lives in Shannon, assumed the position on July 1. She joined Scotland Health Care System as a hospitalist in 2009, and soon afterward became medical director of the Hospitalist Program.

“This role is evolving,” Davis said. “My primary responsibility is to make sure the care we provide to our patients is as excellent as it can be. We have a goal of being in the top 10 percent of the nation’s hospitals … and I will be working with other physician and staff leaders to get us there.”

Davis said her medical residency at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine helped prepare her for the new responsibility.

“As a chief resident I developed leadership skills that are valuable to health care management,” she said. “I’ve found many leadership opportunities here … and feel that I’ve helped to make many positive changes. In addition, Carolinas HealthCare System has a clinical pathway for physician executives that provides education and development in this role.”

Davis said she is ready for the challenges that await her in her new job.

“I come into this CMO position with a positive attitude and the determination to find the most cost-effective ways to provide patient care and to provide the best patient results,” she said.

Greg Wood, the chief executive officer fro Scotland Health Care System, said that “Dr. Davis’ leadership abilities and interests were evident to all of us from the day she started with us four years ago, and we are excited about her new role.”

Davis is the fifth woman to assume a top leadership position in the Scotland system, joining board Chair Nancy Walker, Chief of Staff Dr. Donna Richardson, board Treasurer Jane Rogers, and new Senior Vice President Sheila McNulty. Davis replaces Dr. Brian Parkes, who will assist Davis and the system in a more limited role.

Davis graduated from Purnell Swett High School in 1997. She and her husband Thad have three children, lyssa, Addison and Adyan.