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Susie Elmore Named Hoag's 2020 Nurse of the Year

Categories: Press Room

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., July 17, 2020 --- Hoag announced today that Susie Elmore, RN, BSN, is the hospital’s 2020 Nurse of the Year.

Recognized for going above and beyond for her patients, Susie was selected as Nurse of the Year for her clinical excellence, patient advocacy and community service. She serves as a role model to her fellow nurses for her dedication to providing compassionate care. Susie is a Clinical Nurse II on 6 West at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, where she cares for patients who have undergone complex surgeries. She also serves as a Preceptor for newly hired nurses and is a Relief Charge Nurse in her department.

Working for seven years at Hoag, Susie is respected for her commitment to all aspects of nursing excellence. Her leadership with the team of nurses she works with helped contribute to Hoag achieving its Magnet® recognition earlier this year. Additionally, Susie has selflessly helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities and community fundraisers, including the March of Dimes and the Ben Carlson Memorial.

“We are proud to recognize Susie Elmore as our Nurse of the Year,” said Rick Martin, Ed.D, MSN, RN, senior vice president, clinical operations and chief nursing officer of Hoag. “Her dedication to her patients is a true representation of our entire team of RNs at Hoag who deliver exceptional care with compassion on a daily basis. It is this commitment to providing our community with high quality care that helped us become a Magnet facility.”

Hoag’s Nursing Program has received numerous awards and accolades, as well as community support. Hoag again attained Magnet® recognition for its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. As part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, this voluntary credentialing program is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

With generous support from the donor community, Hoag nurses are earning scholarships in record numbers. Donor investment in nursing education, including Julia and George Argyros, who helped establish the Julia Argyros Center for Nursing Excellence at Hoag, helps Hoag fulfill its commitment to develop, attract and retain the best and brightest nurses seeking the highest level of education.


Hoag is a nonprofit, regional health care delivery network in Orange County, California, that treats more than 30,000 inpatients and 480,000 outpatients annually. Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals – Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which opened in 1952, and Hoag Hospital Irvine, which opened in 2010 – in addition to nine health centers and 13 urgent care centers. Hoag has invested $261 million in programs and services to support the underserved community within the past five years, including areas like mental health, homelessness, transportation for seniors, education, and support for single mothers. Hoag is a designated Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Hoag offers a comprehensive blend of health care services that includes five institutes providing specialized services in the following areas: cancer, heart and vascular, neurosciences, women’s health, and orthopedics through Hoag’s affiliate, Hoag Orthopedic Institute, which consists of an orthopedic hospital and two ambulatory surgical centers. Hoag has been named one of the Best Regional Hospitals in the 2019 - 2020 U.S. News & World Report. For an unprecedented 23 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as one of the county’s best hospitals in a local newspaper survey. Visit www.hoag.org for more information.

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