Some backgroud information on Umstead;  John Umstead Hospital, purchased from the federal government who had built the facilities as an Army Hospital for wounded U.S. military personnel returned from the European front during WW II, admitted the first patients in 1947. The hospital serves the 16 counties of the North Central Region. The hospital’s primary purpose is to provide an inpatient facility to diagnose and treat persons with psychiatric disorders, to restore them to an optimal level of functioning, and to return them to the community. This service is provided for clients age 5 years and up.