Community Resources

Columbus Regional Healthcare System was founded in 1935 when local physician Dr. Warren Edwin Miller started a 12-bed hospital in a Victorian home in Whiteville. A year later, the home’s porches were enclosed to accommodate more patients. Over the next 70 years, the hospital would be replaced twice. The current facility was dedicated December 11, 1977, and continues to grow and expand to meet the needs of the community.

Today, CRHS boasts an impressive and highly trained medical staff and other healthcare professionals who represent a range of specialties and are dedicated to the well-being of every patient in their care. Licensed for 154 beds, Columbus Regional Healthcare System is a not-for-profit organization accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and is governed by a local board of trustees.

The Columbus County Partnership for Children...
is a catalyst for bringing various community groups together for the sake of the children in Columbus County.

The Partnership administers Smart Start funds appropriated from the state legislature to support local programs to benefit children age birth to 5 and their families living in Columbus County.

CCPC also brings about awareness of the critical needs of young children and helps to develop solutions that address the needs.

The North Carolina Early Intervention Branch (NCEI) is a part of the N.C. Division of Public Health. It is the lead agency for the N.C. Infant-Toddler Program (ITP). The Infant-Toddler Program provides supports and services for families and their children, birth to three who have special needs. Research shows that this time period is critical. It offers a window of opportunity to make a positive difference in how a child develops and learns. Sixteen Children's Developmental Services Agencies (CDSAs) across North Carolina work with local service providers to help families help their children succeed.

The Columbus County Public Library System serves the citizens of Columbus County, North Carolina with six locations, a bookmobile and outreach programs.  The Main Library is located in Whiteville and contains the most comprehensive collections and services.  It serves as a resource center for the bookmobile and all the branches.  The five branches are located in Chadbourn, Fair Bluff, Tabor City, Lake Waccamaw, and Riegelwood.  The bookmobile serves as a mobile branch delivering library services to rural areas of the county.  Circulation materials can be sent from one library to another using our courier service.

NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville

The dynamic indoor-outdoor nature and science learning center has been repurposed to feature new exhibits, an Investigate Lab, Nature Exploration Center, a Distance Learning Classroom, and an outdoor Nature PlaySpace.
The new museum experience in Whiteville is modeled after proven interactive programs at the Museum’s Raleigh-based Nature Research Center, Nature Education Center, and Prairie Ridge Ecostation for Wildlife and Learning, and has several new features.


The 15 MINUTES National Campaign is bringing together a passionate group of partners. Though each has a diverse audience and mission, they are united behind the idea that 15 minutes of daily reading aloud from birth to age 8 can change the face of education in this country. The partners are reaching out to their unique constituencies – community groups, day care providers and schools, businesses, employees, libraries and faith-based organizations – to spread the word. Their goal is to have every American child ready to read when entering kindergarten and continuing to build skills throughout early school years. This is only possible by beginning to read to children at birth.

InterNational Resources

The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit publicly funded charity whose mission is to strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech and communication. 

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.