WEST HILLS, Calif. (May 2022) — West Hills Hospital & Medical Center has honored Nicole Luza, a registered nurse, with the prestigious DAISY Award. This award recognizes extraordinary nurses who make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients and their families.

Nicole was nominated by a patient for the compassionate care she provided.  “Nicole took the time to make me lay down and breathe deeply… She comforted me until I stopped crying…  I felt horrible but Nicole’s personality and kindness and care made things come back together,” said the patient. 

The DAISY Foundation and its DAISY Award were established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who passed away in 1999 due to complications from an autoimmune disease. Barnes’ family created the foundation and DAISY Award in recognition of the high-quality care Barnes received from his nurses, as a way to thank exceptional nurses for years to come. More than 4,500 health care facilities and nursing schools now participate in the DAISY Award program.

“Nicole is a very caring nurse, and we are happy to have her on our team.  She represents the true spirit of the DAISY Award,” said Jennifer Fitzpatrick, ACNO of West Hills Hospital.