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FirstHealth of the Carolinas, a private, not-for-profit health care network, is headquartered in Pinehurst, NC. Its nearly 5,000 employees serve 15 counties in the mid-Carolinas. Licensed for four hospitals with 610 beds, FirstHealth demonstrates a commitment to treating the whole patient and to providing quality health care for the entire community – especially those in need.

FirstHealth’s organizational culture is guided by its Core Purpose and Core Values and is committed to patient safety, quality and performance excellence.   

Core Purpose:  To Care for People

Core Values: FIRST – Focus on quality and excellence, Integrity, Respect for the individual, Service to others and Teamwork.

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FirstHealth is committed to offering a level of medical excellence that is recognized among the best.  We are proud of our accomplishments.  Some of them are highlighted here.

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FirstHealth of the Carolinas is committed to consistently evaluating and improving the quality of care we provide to our patients.  It's our goal to assist you in choosing the highest quality health care.  We invite you to let us know if this information is helpful to you. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments

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Message from the CEO

Welcome to FirstHealth of the Carolinas. 

FirstHealth of the Carolinas has been a trusted neighbor to residents of this region for many years.  Our core purpose, to care for people, is illustrated by our commitment to continually expand services to meet the needs of our patients and the community, to provide state-of-the art technology, and to offer exemplary quality in health care and customer service.

With health care programs and services that reach a 15-county region including Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland counties, FirstHealth is one of the most comprehensive health systems in the mid-Carolinas. 

We have designed this website as an informational resource for you and your family. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at (800) 213-3284.

Again, welcome to FirstHealth, and thank you for choosing us.



Mickey W. Foster

Chief Executive Officer


Mickey W. Foster


Mickey W. Foster is the chief executive officer (CEO) of FirstHealth of the Carolinas. Prior to joining FirstHealth, Mr. Foster was president of The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina, and senior vice president for Cone Health from 2014 to 2019. Prior to his role at Moses Cone Hospital, Foster served as president of Cone Health’s Annie Penn Hospital and senior vice president of hospital operations from 2010 to 2014. Before joining Cone Health, Foster served as vice president/chief operating officer at Maria Parham Medical Center, a 102-bed hospital in Henderson, North Carolina, from 2007 to 2010. From 2002 to 2007, Foster was administrative director at Duke Raleigh Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. Foster served as director at Randolph Hospital in Asheboro, North Carolina from 1997 to 2002, and education coordinator with FirstHealth corporate education in Pinehurst, North Carolina, from 1994 to 1997.  

As CEO, Mr. Foster is responsible for directing the development and operation of the Corporation in all activities in coordination with the policies adopted by the Board of Directors. Mr. Foster develops and coordinates the Corporation’s goals, objectives and strategic plans, and ensures that the core purpose of the Corporation, to care for people, is fulfilled.


Mr. Foster earned his Bachelor of Science in Community Health from East Carolina University in 1994, where he received the Outstanding Senior Award. He earned a Master of Health Services Administration degree from Central Michigan University in 2000.


Mr. Foster is actively involved in civic leadership roles. He serves on the Moore County Partners in Progress Board of Directors. He is a member of the East Carolina University Board of Visitors and the East Carolina University Educational Foundation - Pirate Club. Mr. Foster has served on the Board of Directors for the Guilford Technical Community College Foundation, the Board of Directors for the Rockingham YMCA, Rockingham County Health Alliance, Rockingham County Hospice and Rockingham Wells Fargo. Foster is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives. He is the recipient of the Reidsville Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year, Triad Business Journal Top 40 Leaders under 40 and Triad Business Journal Most Influential Leader Award.

Mickey W. Foster

Chief Executive Officer, FirstHealth of the Carolinas and President, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital
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John F. Krahnert Jr., M.D.


John F. Krahnert Jr., M.D., has served as chief medical officer (CMO) and senior vice president (SVP) since January 2012. Dr. Krahnert earned his B.A. from Wake Forest University and his M.D. from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem. He completed both his cardiovascular surgery internship and residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and is board certified in thoracic surgery. Dr. Krahnert joined the Moore Regional Hospital medical staff in 1990 and was the founder of its cardiac surgery program. He has held various leadership positions on the Moore Regional Hospital medical staff. Prior to his role as chief medical officer, Dr. Krahnert served as senior medical director and chief medical officer at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital - Richmond. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Certified Physician Executive.

Lynn S. DeJaco


Lynn S. DeJaco, chief financial officer, earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting Concentration, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Administration, Healthcare Concentration, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to joining FirstHealth of the Carolinas, she held positions at Northeast Medical Center, where she performed consulting, tax, network development and audit services. DeJaco also has 10 years of combined tax, audit and consulting service experience in public accounting, including seven years with Coopers & Lybrand and three years with McGladry and Pullen. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Health Lawyers Association, North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She has held numerous civic and board advisory positions and is a frequent speaker at professional and civic meetings.

Brian T. Canfield


Brian T. Canfield has served as chief operating officer (COO) for FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital since September 2012. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Bemidji State University and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Western New England University, a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University, and a Master’s in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.

Prior to joining FirstHealth, he served in the United States Army, retiring as a colonel after more than 28 years of active service in a variety of command and staff leadership positions in the Continental United States and overseas. His most recent position was as chief executive officer (CEO)/commanding officer for Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, from July 2010 to July 2012. Canfield is an Associate of the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

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A wholly owned subsidiary of FirstHealth of the Carolinas, FirstCarolinaCare offers a wide range of health benefit plans for businesses throughout the FirstHealth service area. In addition to providing coverage alternatives for local businesses, FirstCarolinaCare provides a Medicare Advantage product for Medicare-eligible individuals in Moore, Montgomery, Richmond, Hoke, Lee, Chatham and Scotland counties.  

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