Moore Free Care Clinic Receives $40,000 Grant
From Moore County Community Foundation

By Claudia Watson
Special to The Pilot

August 17, 2006

Moore Free Care Clinic received a $40,000 grant from the Moore County Community Foundation (MCCF) which allows the clinic to retain its full-time nurse who is assigned to its Chronic Disease Management program. This marks the second year that the award has been made from the John W. and Marjorie A. Roffe Endowment, which is held and advised through the foundation.

"We are so grateful to the Roffe Endowment for their continued support and this generous gift to the uninsured of Moore County," says Mark Wethington, Ph. D., one of the founders of the Moore Free Care Clinic.

According to Wethington, the clinic's patients get intensive health care management, which is critical since many of them have been without health care for long periods of time.

"There are many in the community who are benefiting from the care provided by the free clinic's Chronic Disease Management program," he explains. "Most of our patients have significant chronic disease, typically diabetes, hypertension, chronic pain, high cholesterol, obesity or smoking addition-and many suffer from multiple health problems.

Our nurse, Lisa Ritter, R.N., provides careful monitoring of their medications and is instrumental in helping them understand their disease and how it needs to be managed so that it does not become progressive."

The grant was made possible through a recommendation from the board of the MCCF, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF). Local board members include Randall Phillips, chair; Donnell G. Adams, Jr., secretary/treasurer; Stephen F. Later, immediate past chair; Cos Barnes, Betsy Best, Hugh Bingham, Sherwood Blackwood, Pidgie Chapman, Michael Henry, Hugh Hinton, Jr., Louise Lucas, Kelly McCrann, John Micemore, William E. Samuels, William Saunders, and Peggy Sarvis.

About the North Carolina Community Foundation
NCCF is a statewide community development organization created to build capacity through philanthropy. It administers more than $110 million in assets that sustain nearly 1,000 endowment funds established to provide long-term support of a broad range of charitable needs, nonprofit organizations, and scholarships in more than 60 counties across the state, with an emphasis on underserved areas.

The foundation operates through a unique network of six regions designed to provide local resource allocation and community assistance. For more information about NCCF visit, or call 800-201-9533.

About Moore County Community Foundation
MCCF was established to serve the needs of local nonprofit organizations, donors and charitable causes and it is an affiliate of NCCF. For information about MCCF, or to discuss the establishment of an endowment fund for a charitable interest of your choice, contact Randall Phillips at 295-9689; or Regional Associate Beth B. Jenkins at 910-815-2677, or toll free 877-815-2617; or visit the NCCF website at and click on "Affiliates."

About Moore Free Care Clinic
Moore Free Care Clinic provides high-quality primary, preventive and specialty health care to limited-income people in Moore County. The clinic has provided 5,841 visits to 1,380 registered patients since it opened on April 29, 2004. Fifty percent of the clinic's patients are employed but do not have access to employer-offered health care benefits, public assistance programs, such as Medicaid or Medicare, or they cannot afford health care insurance due to their low wages. Moore Free Care Clinic is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It does not receive any federal or state funds and is dependent upon the generosity of the community to serve the needs of the limited-income uninsured.

You can aid the clinic by considering a tax-deductible contribution. Your donation may be mailed to Moore Free Care Clinic, P.O. Box 1656, Carthage, NC 28327. For more information about Moore Free Care Clinic visit, or call 910-947-6550.

Claudia Watson is a Pinehurst freelance writer and may be contacted at

Reprinted with permission of The Pilot, Southern Pines, NC