LAURINBURG — Hospice of Scotland County has named Dr. Valeriana Esteves-Jute as its new medical director.
Esteves-Jute moved to the area with her husband, local ophthalmologist Dr. Kurt Jute, in 1998. She joined the Scotland Heath Care System team working for their family practice center in McColl, South Carolina and later in Maxton. She took a short hiatus from practicing medicine to care for her two daughters.
In 2013, she joined the Hospice of Scotland County team as medical director of palliative care. She will retain that role along with overseeing the medical care of the organization’s hospice patients.
“Dr. Esteves-Jute has been with us for several years now and has done a wonderful job,” Hospice of Scotland County CEO Camille Utter said in a statement. “She sees hospice as a calling and a mission for her and we are blessed to have her working with us.”
Founded in 1986, Hospice of Scotland County also serves families in Richmond, Hoke and Robeson counties and Marlboro, Chesterfield and Dillon counties in South Carolina.
Hospice provides services not only to its patients, but to their families. Social workers, grief counselors and chaplains provide emotional and spiritual support to both patients and their loved ones.
“I feel honored and privileged to have been given the opportunity to be the medical director of such a compassionate and dedicated organization,” Esteves-Jute said. “I am committed to continue making Hospice of Scotland County a beacon of hope and love to the families we serve.”