Moore County Health Foundation (MCHF) Executive Director Kathie Fuston announced to the Moore County Hospital District (MCHD) Board of Directors in their regular meeting Wednesday that the foundation had surpassed the three-year fundraising goal of $1.75 million set last year for the foundation's capital campaign to furnish and equip the new patient care wing of the hospital and to further assist in the organization's mission of enhancing health care in Moore County. Fuston said the total amount of funds raised stood at $1,782,725. That total was reached after only one year and eight months of the campaign. "This is the most generous community I have seen," she said.
Fuston said it was a very generous gesture on the part of Ben and Alexa Maples that put the campaign over the top. Alexa Maples is a member of the MCHF Board of Directors. Fuston said she had applied for a grant from the Bivins Foundation to purchase a new ambulance, but when the Bivins Foundation approved the grant, it was as a matching grant. The Hospital Foundation would have to come up with more money to receive the grant and pay for the ambulance. At that point, the Maples stepped up and offered to pay the matching portion. Fuston said she was extremely grateful. The Maples requested that the amount they donated remain private.
Fuston said the capital campaign began in January 2019 with a three-year fundraising goal of $1.25 million. The consultant the foundation hired said the goal was reasonable based on the size of the Moore County population. But it only took three months to reach the goal, and Fuston said the goal was then raised to $1.75 million.
In addition to raising money for the new hospital wing, the MCHF raises money for nursing education and other projects. Fuston recently announced that 19 Moore County nursing students would receive $300 scholarships from the foundation to help pay for their education. She said that since the inception of the program in 2016 the foundation had awarded 133 scholarships.
In other business Wednesday, the MCHD board voted to extend the contract of Dr. Edilberto Miguel for another two years to work as an internist at the Moore County Internal Medicine Clinic.