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Internal Medicine of EC to open next month

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By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Drs. Samantha Furia and Lynn Butler are the first physicians of Internal Medicine of Elizabeth City, a new practice opening here next month.

The practice is part of the Chesapeake Regional Medical Group and it seeks to offer “quality, consistent primary care” to the area, Furia explained in an interview Friday.

Furia said both she and Butler know the area needs more primary-care physicians, based on their years working with Sentara Albemarle Medical Center.

Furia has worked as the emergency medical physician at Sentara Albemarle and also continues to work as the Emergency Medical Services medical director for Pasquotank and surrounding counties. Furia explained that, as medical director, she works through EmCare to help make care more consistent from one county's EMS agency to another.

Working in emergency medicine, Furia explained she's seen that many local residents need more regular, consistent care. In opening an internal medicine practice, she said she and Butler will focus on treating health issues for patients 18 and older, including colds and coughs, sprained ankles, lacerations and more. She expects many walk-in patients and the practice is ready to accept both Medicare and Medicaid recipients, she added.

The N.C. Medical Board website shows that Furia attended the Drexel University of Medicine for medical school, graduating in 2007. She completed her post-graduate training at Thomas Jefferson University. She has been board-certified in emergency medicine since 2012.

A Chesapeake Regional spokeswoman said Butler was unavailable for comment Friday because of her medical duties. A news release notes she previously served as chief hospitalist for Sentara Albemarle. She also ahs worked as a hospitalist for Vidant Medical Group, providing primary care to patients through Tarheel Internal Medicine.

The N.C. Medical Board website shows Butler attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for medical school, graduating in 2001. She completed her post-graduate training at the University of Connecticut.

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