Moore Free Care Clinic Gets Initial Funding
An Anonymous Major Gift, Local Physicians Led by the Pinehurst Surgical Clinic,
and FirstHealth Donate Funds and Pledges
Clinic to Open in April and Provide Health Care to the Uninsured
2004 - Carthage, NC - The Moore Free Care Clinic (MFCC), a not-for-profit
clinic that will provide free primary care health care services to Moore County's
uninsured and low income families, today announced that they have the resources
in hand to begin operations. The clinic will open as planned in April.
donations and the wonderful pledges to provide professional services by nurses,
physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists and clerical personnel provide us
with the resources to open the doors of the Moore Free Care Clinic," says
H. David Bruton, MD, chairman of the MFCC board of directors. "We are committed
to the belief that health care is a basic human right and are dedicated to providing
excellent basic health care services to every individual in our County eligible
for services at our Free Clinic."
The MFCC Board
of Directors, which estimates it needs approximately $300,000 for its initial
year of operations, has received enthusiastic community support since it announced
its campaign in October 2003.
In December a
local resident provided an anonymous donation of $100,000 to the clinic, according
to Dr. Mark Wethington, pastor of the Southern Pines United Methodist Church and
vice-chairman of the clinic.
was delivered in a plain white envelope with a simple note stating, 'Let it begin.'"
says Wethington. "This person shares our vision and understands the critical
need that the clinic will fulfill in our community. The heartfelt and very generous
support of this individual makes it possible to open in April versus waiting many
more months for the financial resources."
The chair of the
clinic's development committee, Dr. Jim Tart, says he takes great pride in the
activity has been jump-started by a group of 87 Moore County physicians, led by
Dr. John F. Krahnert, Jr., president, of Pinehurst Surgical Clinic (PSC) and by
First Health. They've all told us how worthy the clinic's mission is to the community
and we thank them for helping us move ahead quickly."
Charles T. Frock,
the president and CEO of FirstHealth of the Carolinas, offered a challenge grant
to support the new clinic last fall. That fundraising challenge was met and exceeded
by the local physicians.
is delighted to be a part of the Moore Free Care Clinic," says Frock. "We
are pleased to be working together with our physicians to help provide a much
needed resource for less-fortunate members of our community."
such as those sponsored by the Health Department, while valuable to the community,
cover only specific segments of the population. Fortunately, county residents,
regardless of their ability to pay, can access care at Pinehurst's FirstHealth
Moore Regional Hospital, a not-for-profit health care center and through its associated
physicians and surgeons. However, the uninsured often seek care only in emergency
situations. Often they do not, or cannot, access the primary care and preventive
care necessary to improve health and enhance quality of life. The MFCC will provide
the uninsured with easy access to primary and preventive care.
The MFCC, which
will initially be housed at the Moore County Department of Health in Carthage,
will use the facility in the evening after the Health Department personnel have
finished their work for the day.
The MFCC board
of directors is conducting an executive search for the clinic's director, according
for a capable and highly motivated individual who aspires to help others, particularly
the vulnerable uninsured people that are in need of health care." Bruton
also hopes they can find the right skills mix that also include Spanish language
skills since so many of the clinic's patients will be Hispanic. "I know this
a lot to ask for, but we have been so blessed that I feel the right person will
come our way very soon."
ABOUT THE MOORE
FREE CARE CLINIC
The Moore Free
Care Clinic is a non-profit organization that provides free primary, preventive
and specialty health care to limited income people living in Moore County who
are uninsured and can't afford access to health care. The clinic is located at
705 Pinehurst Avenue, P.O. Box 1656, 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.