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Moore Free Care Clinic to Provide $2 Million in Health Care Services to the
Moore County Community in its First Year of Operation
November 4, 2004 - Carthage, N.C. - Moore Free Care Clinic estimates it will
provide $2 million in health care value to the Moore County community within its
first year of operation. These benefits include over $1 million in prescription
medicines and medication assistance enrollments, and $915,280 in patient visits,
diagnostic tests, specialty care referrals, and volunteer assistance.
"We are clearly
stunned by the growing need and urgency of this situation in our community,"
says Dr. H. David Bruton, chairman of the clinic's board of directors. "These
are our neighbors. Many of the patients work but cannot afford health care or
do not have access to health care benefits through their workplace. Many others
are living below the poverty level and just can't get ahead."
The Moore Free
Care Clinic, which opened in April and operates two evenings a week, has recorded
over 500 patient visits in the first six months. "We plan to expand clinic
hours in the near future and estimate that we'll handle over 1,872 patient visits
in its first year," explains Bruton.
The clinic's patients
do not qualify for Medicare, Medicaid, or any other public health programs. When
they are faced with a health care crisis they often end up in the hospital emergency
room, where their treatment is much more costly both in terms of human suffering
as well as monetary expense. This financial burden is borne by paying patients
and others in the community who ultimately cover the cost through higher health
care fees and insurance premiums.
"It's imperative that the community realizes that it is the ultimate safety
net. This is not a problem that has an easy or fast answer. It's going to take
time to reshape our public health care system," Bruton says. "This clinic
opened thanks to the generosity of the community and it depends upon the community
for its continued existence."
The Moore Free
Care Clinic will launch is first public fundraising campaign later this month,
hoping to raise $200,000 by March 2005. Additional funding is also being pursued
through grants from private foundations.
Bruton says the
clinic's annual operating budget is about $250,000. "This shows the value
of every dollar we receive. We are able to leverage that dollar to eight times
its value to the community through volunteerism," he says. "But, the
medical care is free only for the patient."
The clinic's start-up
phase has been funded by contributions from the physician community, including
the Pinehurst Surgical Clinic, Pinehurst Medical Clinic and a matching contribution
from FirstHealth of the Carolinas. In addition, the clinic received an anonymous
$100,000 donation from a resident of Moore County and a $50,000 start-up grant
from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina.
these gifts, the doors would not have opened," says Bruton. "Now we
need to focus on keeping the doors open and expanding our clinic hours to serve
more needy folks."
Medical and citizen
volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks, including administrative work, data
entry, fundraising and special events. To volunteer or for more information, call
910-947-6550 or visit its website, www.MooreFreeCare.org and click the Volunteer
Opportunities tab. Contributions to the clinic may be mailed to Moore Free Care
Clinic, P.O. Box 161, Pinehurst, NC 28370.
About Moore Free Care Clinic
Moore Free Care Clinic provides high-quality primary, preventive and specialty
care to limited income people living in Moore County who are uninsured and can't
afford access to health care. Health care services at the clinic are provided
by volunteers, including physicians, nurses, lab technicians, physician assistants,
and clerical workers. The clinic is located at 705 Pinehurst Avenue, Carthage,
NC 28327. For more information about the clinic, its volunteer opportunities or
to provide a donation, please contact the clinic 910-947-6550 or visit its website,