Recognizing Nursing Excellence

Nurses perform extraordinary work every day to improve patient care and experiences. From the DAISY Award to Exemplar Award winners, learn about the fantastic nurses being recognized for providing exceptional care and experiences.

The DAISY Awards

A photograph of a daisySalinas Valley Memorial Hospital recognizes exemplary clinical practice, extraordinary service and compassion and caring demonstrated by nursing staff with The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses. The DAISY Award was established in 1999 by grieving parents who wanted to honor the skilled and compassionate nurses who cared for their son before he died. Over 5,000 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing worldwide currently recognize nurses with The DAISY Award, a practice that evidence suggests can contribute to a healthy work environment, increase nurse engagement and improve patient and family experience.

Christine Durden,
January 2020

Sabrina Davis, BSN, RN, CCM
March 2020
Case Management

Christine Lozada-Salazar, BSN, RN
February 2021
Holding Area

Victor McKenzie, MSN, RN
March 2021
Emergency Department

5th Tower COVID Care Team
May 2021
COVID Care ICU and Telemetry

Aimee Freeman, BSN, RN
June 2021

Celeste Antopia, BSN, RN
August 2021

Brooke Robinson, RN, CCM
October 2021
Disease-Specific Care

Adrienne Leyva,
December 2021
Labor & Delivery

Recipients of the DAISY Award are recognized for their positive impact on patients and their families.
All SVMH recipients of the DAISY Award have gone above and beyond to provide outstanding care and experiences for patients and their families.

Nurse of the Year Award

Every year, SVMH honors a nurse who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment, skill and compassion in caring for our patients, their families and our community. In 2020, because of the pandemic, we did not single out one nurse for this award but instead honored all our healthcare heroes.

Our 2021 Nurse of the Year was:

Megan Lopez, MSN, RN, CNL, VA-BC™
Diagnostic Imaging

Megan Lopez, MSN, RN, CNL, VA-BC™, Diagnostic Imaging, was recognized as the 2021 Nurse of the Year.

Exemplar Awards

Nurses at SVMH are encouraged to heal, protect, empower and teach. Each year nurses are recognized for exemplifying each of those four tenets of our mission.

The 2021 Nursing Exemplar Awardees were:


Armin de Galicia, BSN, RN, CMSRN


Anna Mercado, BSN, RN, ONC


Rebecca Rodriguez, BSN, RN, CEN
Magnet Program


Lisa Sandberg, BSN, RN, CPN

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