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County Boasts an Exceptional Medical Community

From pediatrics to geriatrics, Moore County has health care covered. This exceptional community of medical professionals and ­facilities includes the following:

Carolina Eye Associates:

A multi-subspecialty eye facility with six offices located in North and South Carolina, Carolina Eye Associates provides medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases and ­disorders.

The practice was established in the spring of 1977 by Dr. Robert Gale Martin and Dr. George W. Tate Jr. in Pinehurst/Southern Pines. Their vision of making high-quality ­surgical eye care available to patients at a low cost resulted in one of the first ­freestanding outpatient eye centers in the United States to be approved by Medicare.

Carolina Eye Associates’ 11 doctors include cataract and corneal specialists, laser vision correction specialists, ­glaucoma specialists, retina and vitreous specialists, ­oculoplastic specialists, medical ophthalmologists and optometrists.

Over the past 30 years, Carolina Eye Associates has grown into one of the largest eye care and teaching centers in the United States, serving patients around the world.

For information, call Carolina Eye Associates at (910) 295-2100. The local ­facility is at 2170 Midland Rd., Southern Pines.

FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital:

Emergency room, (910) 715-1111

Information/operator, (910) 715-1000

Main entrance, Memorial Drive.

See the Moore County Telephone Directory for listings of specific hospital services.

FirstHealth Home Care:

Offers home health services in the comfort and security of the patient’s home, allowing patients to reduce the amount of time spent in the ­hospital while still being treated by highly skilled, specialized health ­professionals. Accepts Medicare and Medicaid, and is ACHC-accredited. Call (910) 295-2211.

FirstHealth Response (Lifeline):

For individuals with medical problems that could demand immediate assistance. The program utilizes a client HELP button that is in instant contact with Moore Regional Hospital. Fee required. (910) 715-1271.

FirstHealth Hospice And Palliative Care:

A charitable, not-for-profit agency dedicated to providing compassionate, quality care to persons with life-limiting illnesses and to their families. Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross-certified. Call (910) 715-6000.

Moore County Department of Aging:

Assistance with personal care and home management; laundry, meal preparation and bathing home delivery of meals, home improvement and repair, and respite services. For more information, call (910) 947-2881.

Moore County Health Department

The Moore County Health Department ­provides a variety of public health services to protect and promote the health of infants, children, teens, adults and the elderly who reside throughout Moore County.

Robert R. Wittmann is the department’s director.

In addition to clinical services such as immunizations for infants and toddlers, maternity services, family planning services, screenings for many diseases, as well as ­nutritional counseling through the Women/ Infant/Children’s Nutritional Program (WIC), the health department oversees the environmental health and animal control offices. 

The health department is located at 705 Pinehurst Ave., Carthage. For more ­information, call (910) 947-3300 or visit http://www.moorecountync.gov/health/. For appointments, call (910) 947-3395 and for WIC, call (910) 947-3271.

Moore County Veterans Office

The Moore County Veterans Office has moved to a new location, 302 Monroe St., Carthage. This new location provides easier access to ­citizens and larger offices for the Veterans Office team.

Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Veterans Office phone numbers are (910) 947-3257 and (910) 947-3334 (fax).

Moore Free Care Clinic

The Moore Free Care Clinic, 705 Pinehurst Ave., Carthage, provides high-quality primary and preventive medical care and offers enrollment aid for pharmaceutical patient assistance programs and drug discount cards.

The medical programs offered include ­primary care, preventive care, off-site specialty care referrals, focused laboratory and ­diagnostic testing and health education and resources.

Services are provided for any resident of Moore County who lacks health insurance and whose income is at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. According to the 2007 Federal Register, the federal poverty guideline for an individual is $15,315 or $30,975 for a family of four. U.S. citizenship is not a criterion for services at the Moore Free Care Clinic.

Patient care at the clinic is provided by physicians, physicians’ assistants and nurses who are all volunteers. All medical providers are licensed by the state.

The clinic office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for ­previously scheduled eligibility screening appointments. To make an appointment, call (910) 947-6550, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The medical clinic’s hours are Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Walk-ins are not accepted.

Pinehurst Medical Clinic

Founded in the mid-1960s by Joseph Hiatt, M.D., Pinehurst Medical Clinic today offers more than 40 physicians skilled in a variety of specialties, including cardiology, pulmonary, gastroenterology, hematology, internal medicine, oncology, geriatrics and endocrinology.

PMC offers four patient-care locations in the Pinehurst area, including 205 Page Rd., 90 Memorial Dr., 102 Gossman Dr., a clinic on the campus of Belle Meade Retirement Resort, and a new south location at 1902-C North Sandhills Blvd. in Aberdeen.

Administrative and human resources ­personnel are located at 45 Aviemore Dr.

For information, call (910) 295-5511.

Pinehurst Surgical 

Pinehurst Surgical has been providing ­quality health-care services in Moore County since 1947.

On July 17, 2006, the multi-specialty clinic celebrated its 60th anniversary and ­commemorated that milestone by opening for business in its new state-of-the-art 131,135-square-foot facility at 5 FirstVillage Dr., Pinehurst.

Pinehurst Surgical is comprised of nine ­specialty centers, including Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Center; Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Neck Center; Facial Plastic Center; General and Bariatric Center; Neurological Surgery and Spine Center; Orthopedic and Joint Replacement Center; Urologic Center; Vascular and Vein Care Center; and Women’s Care Center.

For more information, call (910) 295-6831 or (800) 755-2500.

Sandhills Center for Mental Health, Developmental  Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services

Sandhills Center manages North Carolina’s state-supported mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services in Moore and seven surrounding counties.

Robert Grooms manages the Moore County office at 205 Memorial Drive, adjacent to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.

Any Moore County resident can visit or call the Pinehurst office, (910) 295-6853, for information or assistance.

Some services, like mental health assessments and psychiatry, are available at the Sandhills Center location. Most services are offered through a network of private “providers” endorsed by Sandhills Center.

Emergency or crisis assistance is available 24 hours a day at (800) 256-2452.

Services are available without regard to ability to pay.

Sandhills Urgent Care:

Medical treatment on both routine and urgent basis for adults and children. For ­information or care, call (910) 692-5555 or stop by 10935 U.S. 15-501, Southern Pines.

Southern Pines Women’s Health Center, P.C.

Southern Pines Women’s Health Center, P.C. is a specialty group of obstetricians/ ­gynecologists who offer a complete package of women’s health services.

The six physicians and staff at Southern Pines Women’s Health Center are dedicated to caring for a woman’s needs while also focusing on individual health care, patient education and shared decision-making with patients.

The 15,000-square-foot center at 145 Applecross Rd. is designed to emphasize ­comfort and confidentiality while offering the latest in technology and a full range of health services, all available in one convenient ­location. The center also houses a full-body bone density scan machine, which aids in the diagnosis of osteoporosis.

For more information, call (910) 692-7928.

St. Joseph of the Pines Health System:

Provides a wide variety of services, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care, palliative care for hospice patients, memory support care for those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and dementia, short-term ­rehabilitation services offering physical, ­occupational and speech therapy, and family support. Accepts Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance. For more information, call (910) 246-1000.

Telecare:

Free daily phone contact from client to ­designated person outside the home. Omission of the phone call results in ­attempted contact by neighbor, relative or police, if necessary. Call (910) 715-1271.

The Arc of Moore County:

Assists all handicapped and ­developmentally disabled citizens. Also ­provides respite services for caregivers of the developmentally disabled. (910) 692-8272. 673 S. Bennett St., Southern Pines.

 

Food and Nutrition 

American Heart Association:  (800) 242-8721

Publications department has free brochures and cookbook available.

Cooperative Extension Agency:

Moore County Agriculture Center, (910) 947-3188

Home economics information on meal ­planning, food safety and nutrition as well as gardening and livestock information.

Meals on Wheels Of the Sandhills: (910) 692-0384

Delivered and financed by private funds; small charge; serving Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen, Pinebluff and Addor areas. Noon meal on weekdays.

Moore County Department of Aging: (910) 215-0900

Home-delivered meals in Carthage, Whispering Pines, Robbins, West End/Seven Lakes, Vass/Lakeview, Cameron and Taylortown.

Boost nutritional supplements, available at a discount, are delivered throughout the county.

Payment for supplements is required. 

Contact these offices for information: Carthage, (910) 215-0900; and Robbins, (910) 464-3544.

Moore County Department Of Social Services:

(910) 947-2436

Food stamps to supplement low incomes for elderly, disabled and blind.

Moore County Department of Health: (910) 947-3300

 

Sandhills/Moore Coalition For Human Care Inc.: (910) 693-1600

Emergency food and clothing. Open for clients 8:30 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Donations accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Nutrition Counseling

FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital: (910) 715-1170

Registered dieticians available by ­appointment to provide nutritional therapy education.

Guides to additional health ­services may be obtained from the Moore County Chamber of Commerce at (910) 692-3926, or see the Yellow Pages in the Moore County Telephone Directory for more listings.