January 16, 2003

Hospital Adds Physician Assistant To Medical Staff

Scotland County Memorial Hospital's motto is "Caring for you, when you need us," and the local health care provider has taken yet another step to build on this slogan.

SCMH C.E.O. Marcia Dial announced the addition of Physician Assistant Teresa J. Lee, to the hospital staff. Lee will be working with physicians in the emergency department as well as in the Memphis Medical Services clinic.

She joined the hospital staff in January after relocating to Memphis from Ohio. Prior to the move Lee was at Holzer Clinics, Inc., in Jackson, OH, a town of approximately 30,000. She was assigned primarily to the emergent care department at that facility.

Lee got her start in medicine after a career in the U.S. Air Force where her job duties include operations manager, F-15 crew chief, controller and crash recovery technician from 1980-88. She received promotions as well as numerous awards during her service including the Air Force Achievement Medal, Outstanding Unit award and the Good Conduct Medal. She remains an active VFW and DAV member.

After leaving the service, Lee completed her physician assistant studies, graduating Cum Laude AS Physician Assistant and Magna Cum Laude BS health professions in the physician assistant class of 1998 at KCMA in Dayton, OH. During that time she was a clinical student on rotations in family practice, rural health care, pediatrics, orthopedic surgery, emergency medicine, and internal medicine while completing an NHSC fellowship.

Lee is NCCPA Board Certified and licensed by the Missouri Board of Healing Arts and the Ohio State Medical Board. She served with the Greater Cincinnati Gastro-enterology Associates, Inc., in Cincinnati, OH and was one of two physicians assistants working for a 13-doctor gastroenterology/ endoscopy practice.

My focus has always been on rural health and in particular in emergency medicine," Lee stated. "That is exactly what I will be doing here as I will often be covering the emergency room at the hospital while also backing up in the clinics and also assisting on surgeries and other procedures."

Physicians assistants are licensed health professionals who practice medicine with physician supervision. PA's are educated to use the same medical procedures as their physician counterparts. For example, PA's take medical histories, perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret laboratory tests, perform minor surgery, and in most states can prescribe medicine. PA's practice in virtually every kind of medical specialty, from family medicine to surgery.

Lee comes to Memphis from Jackson, OH, where her son Thomas is in operation with his grandfather in the family-owned business. She has moved to Memphis and began working at SCMH on January 5. She enjoys a lengthy list of hobbies including, water rafting, kayaking, golf, skiing, bowling, sewing and quilting.

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