When a new facility dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease
opens next winter on the campus of FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, it will
bear the name of a Pinehurst couple whose foresight and generosity played a major
role in making the project possible.
The Board of Directors of FirstHealth of the Carolinas unanimously agreed on Nov. 17,
2009, to name the facility the Reid Heart Center in honor of Walter and Betty Reid whose
multimillion-dollar contribution to the project-supporting Stepping Stones Campaign constituted
the largest single gift to Moore Regional Hospital in its 80-year history.
“We are extremely grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Reid, not only for their financial generosity,
but also for their contributions of time and talent to our organization,” said FirstHealth CEO
Charles T. Frock. “In recognition of their generosity, we will name our state-of-the-art cardiovascular
center in their honor.”
“This is a first for Moore Regional Hospital and for FirstHealth of the Carolinas,” Frock
continued. “Never before, in the eight-decade history of our organization, have we recognized
individuals in this manner, a fact that attests to the very high regard in which we hold this remarkable
Walter Reid III is a second-generation executive with Charms Candy Company, the New
Jersey-based firm that he joined in 1934, 22 years after his father founded it as Tropical Charms.
As CEO of Charms Candy, he created the classic American candy known as “Blow Pop,” the
third largest-selling candy in the world.
Walter Reid became involved with Moore Regional Hospital in 1986, after Hal Stevens, his
neighbor at the Country Club of North Carolina, invited him to join the Scroll Society, the
Foundation of FirstHealth’s most successful annual-giving program.
He and his wife, the former Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Walters Smith, became members of the
Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2006. They have actively supported various Foundation-hosted
educational programs and events, and have become active in the Camp Easter Network.
“This gift has given me as much pleasure as anything I have done,” Walter Reid said of his
contribution to the Stepping Stones Campaign. “It may go into bricks and mortar, but it won’t
end when the last brick is laid.”
The best in
The new cardiovascular
facility at FirstHealth Moore
Regional Hospital will be
known formally as the Reid
Heart Center: The FirstHealth
Cardiac and Vascular
Features will include 23
telemetry beds and six new
rooms and catheterization
labs, including two hybrid
operating rooms that are
specifically designed to
accommodate both surgical
and interventional procedures
such as angioplasty.
The facility will function as
a freestanding comprehensive
heart and vascular center
with access to the full
services of the main hospital.
Occupancy is anticipated for
the winter of 2010-2011.