FirstHealth Announces January 2019 DAISY Award Winner

Sara Chaparro, R.N., has been recognized as the January 2019 DAISY Award Winner for FirstHealth of the Carolinas.

Sara is a nurse in the Surgical Admissions Unit (SAU) at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. She was nominated by a patient who, in the nomination, said, “On November 12, 2018, I was scheduled for sinus surgery at Moore Regional Hospital. As I arrived that morning for surgery, I was completely nervous, as it was my first time ever having surgery. My fears were immediately calmed though as my nurse, Sara, came in to prep me for surgery. While she was very knowledgeable and obviously good at her job, it was her smile and friendly demeanor that reassured me that I had nothing to worry about. Sara went about prepping me for surgery and chatted away with both me and my husband, who was also nervous about me going under for the surgery. I enjoyed talking to her, and at one point did not even want her to leave my room! As we sat and waited to see my doctor before the surgery, I felt confident about everything that was about to happen, and knew I was in good hands – in more ways than one – and I attribute all of that to Sara. FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Moore Regional Hospital, the SAU and this community are all so lucky to have such an exceptional, positive, quality and passionate nurse to care for them like Sara Chaparro does – or has. Thank you, Sara, for treating me and my husband like we were family – I hope you care for me again one day!”

“Sara’s positive and comforting demeanor are what make her an exceptional nurse,” says Karen Robeano, DNP, R.N., FirstHealth’s chief nursing officer. “Treating patients like family are what makes our nurses stand out above the rest. I am proud to honor her with the January DAISY Award for her exceptional care. This is a well-deserved honor.”

FirstHealth of the Carolinas, which includes Moore Regional Hospital, Moore Regional Hospital – Richmond, Moore Regional Hospital – Hoke, and Montgomery Memorial Hospital, recognizes an extraordinary nurse each month, and has since 2014. For more information on the DAISY Award, or to nominate a deserving nurse, visit

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was established by the Daisy Foundation, a not-for-profit, based in Glen Ellen, Calif. The foundation was started by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families. Today, there are more than 2,800 health care facilities in all 50 states and 17 other countries honoring their nurses with the DAISY Award.