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February 9, 2013

Hospice’s Murkin earns board certification

Saturday, February 10, 2013 — Hospice of Randolph County has announced that its medical director, Dr. Scott Murkin, has completed a successful performance on the 2012 Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Examination. He joins Dr. Christine McCarty, board chair for Hospice of Randolph, in this specialized recognition. 

Certification in hospice and palliative medicine is designed to recognize the qualifications of physicians who are specialists in the care of the seriously ill and dying patients with life-limiting illnesses. Certification encompasses the expanding scientific knowledge and skills required for symptom management when a cure isn’t possible and appropriate care is needed to aid in the quality of life for the patient.

Considered the model for quality compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness, Hospice of Randolph County provides expert medical care, pain management, as well as emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. An emphasis is also placed on providing support to the patient’s loved ones and caregivers.

The hospice philosophy focuses on caring, not curing. Hospice care is available to patients with any terminal diagnosis, regardless of age, religion or race. In most cases, hospice care is provided at home, in hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities. The newest locations that provide these services are hospice inpatient care facilities such as the new state-of-the-art Hospice House here. 

Murkin completed his premedical education at Illinois Wesleyan University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in biology. Upon finishing his medical education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., he was named family practice “Student of the Year” before graduating. After completing medical school, Dr. Murkin did his internship and residency in family medicine through Duke University’s community health program at Cape Fear Valley Hospital, Fayetteville, where he served as chief resident his final year. He has maintained his board certification in family medicine.

Murkin and his family moved to Asheboro in 1995 when he joined White Oak Family Physicians, where he practiced medicine for all ages, from delivering babies to following senior patients into local nursing homes. In 1998, he became medical director of White Oak Urgent Care. In 2010, Murkin left White Oak and assisted in founding a new urgent care clinic in High Point known as Doctors Express. 

He is active in the local arts community, having served on the board of directors of Randolph Arts Guild and the Randolph Quilters Guild as well as supporting local community theatre, the N.C. Zoo Society and the Friends of the Randolph County Libraries. Many know him as an artist in his own right. He exhibits his textile art locally, nationally and internationally. He has also traveled the country judging quilt shows as a nationally-certified quilt judge.

Murkin is excited to be part of a world-class hospice team.

“While our commitment to home care remains as strong as ever, the opening of Randolph Hospice House in 2011 was another piece in the puzzle of being able to meet the community needs of having as many options as possible for end-of-life care,” said Murkin. “It is an honor to be invited into people’s lives at this important time and help them navigate an often difficult road.” 

Murkin is the only physician in Randolph County working full-time in hospice and palliative medicine.

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