The SECU Foundation has announced a $2 million challenge grant to build the new SECU Family House at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C.
The foundation is funded solely by the 1.8 million members of the $25.3 billion State Employees’ Credit Union in Raleigh, N.C.
The new hospitality house will provide approximately 24 guest rooms with private baths and a large kitchen and living room for guests to use while their loved ones are being treated at the Wilmington hospital, the foundation said.
The challenge grant was provided through a partnership with the hospital, its auxiliary and its foundation, the SECU Foundation said.
“The NHRMC Hospitality House has been offering accommodations to patients and families at NHRMC for many years. This partnership will help us build a new facility, while also helping us continue our mission to offer accommodations to our patients and their families at a time when they need it most,” said Jack Barto, president/CEO of NHRMC, at 769 beds and more than 5,000 employees one of the largest healthcare provider in the Carolinas.
“Hospitality homes like SECU Family House are a tremendous resource and provide a warm and comfortable place for traveling families to rest and cope in a time of great need. SECU members are proud to support this project which truly represents the credit union’s philosophy of ‘People Helping People,’” said Jim Barber, SECU Foundation board chair.