JoyLynn Tera, R.N., has been recognized as a DAISY Award winner for FirstHealth of the Carolinas.

Tera, who serves as a labor and delivery nurse in the Birthing Center at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, was nominated by co-worker Katherine Frye.

Frye described a heartbreaking moment following the death of an infant patient when Tera went above and beyond to comfort a grieving family.

“Following the tragic event, Joy realized that she had taken care of the patient’s mother during her delivery months earlier. She comforted the mother and held her while she cried,” Frye wrote.

“Joy went above and beyond to take care of these parents who weren’t even her patients. Joy provided the parents with a memory box for their infant and continued to comfort them.”

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.

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 FirstHealth’s website.

Courtesy photo left to right: Deana Kearns, MSN, R.N., administrative director of corporate education and professional development; JoyLynn Tera, R.N.; Beth Tabor, R.N., administrative director, women & children’s services.



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