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About the Foundation

FirstHealth of the Carolinas is one of the finest health care systems in the country, recognized for innovation and compassionate, patient-focused care. The Foundation of FirstHealth envisions and guides its philanthropy programs and activities.

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For more than eight decades, the Foundation has inspired and mobilized individuals, families, business and organizations to provide FirstHealth of the Carolinas with the financial means to fulfill its mission of caring for people. This comprehensive health system is provided by our community for our community.


As the catalyst that makes this possible, The Foundation is far more than its offices and dedicated staff.

  • We are grateful patients and families “giving back” for others in appreciation of the care they received.

  • We are a generous donor sponsoring a new piece of equipment, and a poor young mother donating a precious two dollars to the clinic that helped her kids.

  • We are special events and hospital fairs and 5K fundraising runs,

  • We are kids holding car washes in parking lots and church congregations serving their neighbors in need.

  • We are seniors remembering a FirstHealth hospital in their wills.

  • In so many ways, year after year, we are the people of our community and region taking care of each other.

This is the Foundation of FirstHealth.


Building a 21st Century Model of Health Care

The purpose of The Foundation of FirstHealth is also about stewardship. We ensure that the generosity of our donors sustains the quality and innovation needed to meet our region’s health needs today and in the years and decades ahead.

Working closely with the leadership of FirstHealth of the Carolina’s, we focus our resources on building a 21st century model of health care. This effort will serve emerging health needs, accommodate a rapidly changing regulatory environment and allow us to deploy innovative treatments and technologies. All of this, while we weave compassionate hospitality and patient support into the process of care and healing.

The Foundation is facilitating this effort by focusing charitable giving on five strategic areas required to sustain FirstHealth’s mission. We call them the five pillars of our innovative model for health care:

  • Cancer Care – Attacking a regional scourge
  • Heart Care – Fighting enemy #1
  • Physician Leadership – Developing leaders for the challenges ahead
  • Nursing Enrichment – The face of compassionate, healing care
  • Clara McLean House – Our cornerstone of hospitality, advocacy and support

There are many ways to give and volunteer. There are many clinical areas you can support related to your experience and interest. But through these five pillars, The Foundation partners with FirstHealth of the Carolinas to focus community giving on the most important priorities for the future. 


Today is your chance to save a life

Won’t you join with your friends and neighbors in supporting health care in the mid-Carolinas with a generous donation?

Click here to donate online.  

If you would like discuss different gift options or if you have a special area you would like to support, please call The Foundation at (910) 695-7500 for assistance.



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