Hospital welcomes female OB-GYN provider to Sampson Women’s Center

Lauren Williams Staff Writer

September 26, 2013

The staff at Sampson Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is excited to welcome a new member to its team in October. Dr. S. LaShawn Strayhorn will join the hospital’s three-year-old Sampson Women’s Center as an OB-GYN provider and will start seeing patients as early as next week.

“We think we have wonderful providers,” said Amber Cava, director of Marketing and Community Relations/Foundation for the hospital, noting the excellent services and care offered by Dr. Scott Augustine with the Sampson Women’s Center as well as that also provided by Dr. Henry T. Hyman with Goshen and Dr. John M. Roberts. “But we’ve been searching for a female OB-GYN for a while so we’re excited to have her here.”

Hailing from New Bern, Strayhorn received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earned her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, and did her OB-GYN training at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, now known as Vidant Medical Center. She is currently board eligible and is planning to sit for her oral boards this December to become certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG).

Strayhorn comes to SRMC from Elizabeth City where she worked in a group practice for two and a half years.

“I’m from eastern North Carolina and I just love it. It’s where I wanted to stay so location was a big thing,” shared Strayhorn of her decision to come to Sampson County. “There’s also a need here for a female OB-GYN.”

“She’ll help us provide more options for OB-GYN care,” said Cava of Strayhorn being the hospital’s first female OB-GYN in a number of years. “She’ll also bring a different service that we can offer at the hospital which adds to our ability to provide what the community needs and wants.”

That different service is laparoscopic surgeries.

“I’m trained to do laparoscopic surgery including total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH),” Strayhorn noted, explaining that laparoscopic surgery is “minimal invasive surgery.”

“It means a small scar instead of a large scar,” she added.

Aware of her training, Sampson Women’s Center OB-GYN provider Augustine is looking forward to inviting the talented Strayhorn into his practice.

“I’m very excited to have Dr. Strayhorn joining us. Because of how successful and busy my practice has become, having her here will allow us to see more patients. She is also bringing the capabilities to do laproscopic hysterectomies which is great for our patients,” he said, “because that’s been something that we’ve had to refer out to other hospitals.”

And Strayhorn is just as excited to work with Augustine. “He has toured me around and we’ve had conversations over lunch and dinner. He’s a great guy. I’m definitely looking forward to working with him.”

“I think that our personalities will complement each other well and that my patients will be very happy to see her as well,” Augustine added. “We have been looking for someone (a female OB-GYN) for the last year or so and we’re very happy to have her coming to the community now.”

In addition to working with a new medical staff, Strayhorn is also looking forward to getting to know new patients but acknowledged that the transition from one practice to another is bittersweet.

“It’s sad to leave patients behind,” she said, describing the doctor-patient relationship as a “very intimate” one, “but I’m looking forward to getting to know new ones. So far, the people in the community have been very friendly and I like the small town feel here.”

One of the reasons Strayhorn is excited to meet her new Sampson County patients is because she knows that she’ll go on a journey with each one.

“I enjoy working with the patients through all their life phases,” she shared, describing how an OB-GYN doctor can be with a patient from a first pregnancy through menopause. “As a physician, I like to operate and fix things but it’s definitely the patients and the journey you can take with them that makes it a great job.”

When Strayhorn begins seeing patients next week, she will see them in Dr. Robert’s offices on the fifth floor of the Woodside Building. She will join Dr. Augustine in the Sampson Women’s Center offices, located on the first floor of the Woodside Building, at a later date once the center undergoes an expansion.

Leading up to her starting work next week, Strayhorn is busy settling into a home in Clinton with her husband and two children.

For more information about Dr. Strayhorn or to inquire about appointments with her, please contact the Sampson Women’s Center at 910-590-8050.

Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email