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David Casey, M.D.

My husband, Joseph Campbell, was a patient in FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital Feb. 24-March 1, 2007. Dr. David Casey performed surgery on his shattered right femur. He then went to the inpatient center for rehabilitation until March 11. Please convey our sincere appreciation to all who had a part in his care, especially Dr. Casey.

Janet Campbell
Stuarts Draft, Va.


I wanted to write you a note to let you know what an outstanding job the First Floor Surgical staff at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital did in taking care of my mother, Emily Morton, during her recent stay at your hospital. Everyone was extraordinarily professional and helpful in the most genuine way. It is obvious that the hospital has a culture that promotes the “patient first” attitude.

C. Cammack Morton
Baton Rouge, La.

Please convey my thanks to the following physicians and staff for the compassionate care received by my husband, James Moody, a very large man who some people would resent caring for, but your staff did not: Dr. Ted Graham, the ED physician; Dr. Fabian Alzamora, the general surgeon; Dr. Kenneth Mitchell, the bariatric surgeon; Dr. Clayton Steiner, the critical care general surgeon; the anesthesia team; Roger Pate, the ED nurse; Beth Mossman, the OR charge nurse; Maggie Talley, the Sunday and Monday night R.N. in ISU; Adrian Pierce, the day R.N. in Robins ICU; and Bonnie Brown and Keith Bobbitt, respiratory therapy.

From the time we entered your Emergency Department on April 15 until now, his care has been outstanding. As far as I am concerned, your staff walks on water. Keep them. Everyone together saved my husband’s life.

I am an R.N., and I have had past hospital experiences and been punished for my weight. I received none of this from your staff. It is a joy to know them.

The physicians were great. Dr. Alzamora, an experienced doctor, honestly admitted to me that he could not do my husband’s surgery alone. He stated that he needed the bariatric surgeon who was off on Sunday. He called Dr. Mitchell, and he was here in an hour and a half. How wonderful. They saved my husband’s life.

Roger, the ED nurse, had a heavy load in addition to my husband, who was gravely ill, but he was professional and made him comfortable in minutes. I appreciate that.

I hope I have not left anyone out and apologize if that is the case. Again, please express my thanks and appreciation to everyone.

Cathy Moody
Siler City

For more information on the surgical services provided by FirstHealth of the Carolinas, including bariatric surgery, call (800) 213-3284 toll-free.

My mother asked me to make sure to tell you how much she enjoyed the (June 3, 2007) Cancer Survivors Day program. She was impressed by the planning and detail that went into it, the staff that was working, and by the fact that a hospital would do so much for an event like this.

Looking at it now from “the other side of the fence,” I have to say even I was a little surprised at how special it is to the survivors and their families. Thanks for all the work you and everyone did to make it so special.

Michelle Tortora

Michelle Tortora is a physicist with the cancer program at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. Her mother, Loretta Stanley, is a two-year survivor of colon cancer. FirstHealth of the Carolinas hosts a Cancer Survivors Day program each June in conjunction with the National Cancer Survivors Day observation. For more information on the cancer services provided by FirstHealth of the Carolinas, call (800) 213-3284.

I am writing on behalf of my parents and myself to express our deepest appreciation for the care my father, John B. Page, received during his recent stay at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. My father was admitted to the hospital on April 26 with cellulitis and a blood clot in his right leg. During his stay, we could not have asked for better care from the nurses (Lisa Joyner, Stephanie Webb, Barb Bruno, Joyce Pate, Elizabeth Nichols and Carol Lighthall) as well as the technicians (Lisa Brooks, Bradley Myrick, Kris Gruzeski and Katy Myrick). The care they gave my father during his stay was exceptional. Please express our sincere appreciation to these caring and thoughtful people.

Please also thank the staff of the Imaging department, Emergency Department, cafeteria staff, support staff and the Physical Therapy department for their help. It is comforting to know that Moore Regional Hospital and the people who work there make such an effort to assure that patients are comfortable and well cared for during their stay.

Thank you again for the exceptional care your team provides.

Laura Page
Whispering Pines

(The following letter first appeared in The Pilot newspaper in Southern Pines.)

Thank you for the very informative article on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. This is a well-run, highly specialized unit that some people may not realize that we are privileged to have here in Moore County. Our family got to see this amazing unit in action for 10 weeks in 2006. Dr. Nicholas Lynn cared for our less-than-2-pound preemie from her first breath until she was released 10 weeks later. He always kept us fully updated through each crisis in a kind and compassionate manner. We knew that God was at work, and he was using Dr. Lynn. All the nurses were wonderful, but two nurses really impressed us, not only for their care for our baby, but for their care and compassion for our entire family.

Preemies often go back and visit after they “graduate.” We have been back and will definitely go back when Katelyn celebrates her first birthday.

Thank you, Dr. Lynn, Nurse Lisa (King) and Nurse Kara (Oldham) and all the many wonderful people who make up this amazing team.

Pat Taylor

For more information on the Clarke Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, call (800) 213-3284.