Moore Free Care Clinic Receives $50,000 from the
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
Mills ( pictured left), executive director of the NCAFC and Kathy Higgins,
Vice President of BCBSNC Foundation present Dr. H. David Bruton, chairman of the
MFCC with a grant for $50,000.
June 3, 2004 - Carthage, NC - Organizers of the Moore Free Care Clinic announced
today that the free clinic has received a $25,000 start up grant from the Blue
Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. The clinic also qualified
to receive an additional $25,000 matching challenge grant because of successful
local fundraising efforts. Clinic representatives met at Moore Free Care Clinic
today with business and community leaders including John Mills, executive director
of the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics (NCAFC), and Kathy Higgins,
vice-president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
to present the Moore Free Care Clinic with $50,000 on behalf of the BCBSNC Foundation
and NCAFC," said Higgins. "We're proud to be partnering with North Carolina's
free clinics to meet the health care needs of North Carolinians and we recognize
that local support is vital to a clinic's success."
According to the
Moore Free Care Clinic, 4,500 Moore County residents lack health insurance - most
of them working parents with families. A group of volunteers has been working
to start the free clinic, which opened its doors to the needy on April 29, 2004.
is simply wonderful," said Dr. H. David Bruton, chairman of the board of
the Moore Free Care Clinic. "When we started working on this clinic over
a year ago, we knew we had to build strong volunteer and financial resources for
this clinic to succeed. During each clinic we see firsthand the tremendous
need in Moore County for this assistance. We thank BCBSNC Foundation and NCAFC
for their generosity."
Medical and citizen
volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks, including reception, administrative
work, data entry, and providing health care services. To volunteer or for more
information, call 910-947-6550 or visit the clinic's 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 1656, Carthage, NC 28327.
has more free medical clinics than any state in the country. Free clinics are
private, nonprofit, community-based organizations, which provide health care to
those in need through the use of health care professional volunteers, such as
physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and
hundreds of other health care professionals and community volunteers.
excited about our partnership with the BCBSNC Foundation to support existing clinics
and to create new ones, like the Moore Free Care Clinic," said Mills. "The
formation of the Moore County clinic is an important step toward our goal of providing
statewide access to health care and expanding the number of clinics in the state
from 57 to 85."
The grants are
part of a five-year commitment by the BCBSNC Foundation to help care for the uninsured
and underinsured people of North Carolina through its free clinics initiative.
Distribution of the grant monies is through the NCAFC, a private, non-profit,
501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization that conducts advocacy, research, public relations,
resource development, training and technical assistance on behalf of its member
free clinics and the people they serve.
About the Moore
Free Care Clinic
The 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 MFCC are provided by
volunteers including: nurses, lab technicians, physician assistants, clerical
workers and physicians. 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 office at 910-947-6550 or visit
the clinic's website, www.MooreFreeCare.org.
About the Blue
Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation provides financial
support to improve the health and well being of North Carolinians. This mission
is achieved through programs and services funded in response to grant requests,
as well as through funding for programs supporting needs identified by the Foundation.
The Foundation's primary focus areas include access to care for the uninsured
and underinsured, eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities, physical activity,
and screenings and education, all with a focus on preventive care.