In 2001, the dream of a facility to provide lodging and other supportive services for patients and their families at Moore Regional Hospital began to take shape among the donors and other friends of the Foundation of FirstHealth.
As studies were conducted, plans were developed, and hospital hospitality houses were visited, the dream began to become real. The Foundation of FirstHealth set aside designated funds to build and endow a hospitality house.
At the same time, the Moore Regional Hospital Foundation began the CARE Funds to assist patients with lodging, transportation, medication and other essential needs, especially those with cancer and heart diagnoses. In November 2002, a major donation of $1,010,000 from the estate of the late Ruth Watkins furthered the cause of these “without walls” advocacy programs for patients and their families. A hospitality house was envisioned as an ideal home for the CARE Funds.
In 2004, as the advocacy programs continued to develop and expand, FirstHealth announced three major capital projects: a hospitality house, a heart institute and a hospice house. The five-year Stepping Stones capital campaign was launched to fund a portion of the construction of the three projects, raising a total of $5.5 million for the hospitality house project.
Another important catalyst for the hospitality house was Miss Clara McLean, a longtime benefactor of Foundation programs. Miss McLean was raised in Maxton, N.C., and lived the latter part of her life in Pinehurst. Her many philanthropic interests included her care for patients and the problems they encounter with transportation and access to care. She believed that a hospitality house and supportive programs would aid families and patients coming to Pinehurst from outlying areas. Because of Miss McLean’s support and dedication to this vision, the Clara McLean House was named in her memory.
Final architectural drawings were completed for a 20,000+/-square-foot facility located in FirstVillage on the Moore Regional Hospital campus. The groundbreaking took place in 2010, and the house opened its doors to welcome guests on April 30, 2012.
For more information about Clara’s House, call (910) 715-4220.
The Clara McLean House is a member of the National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses.