Lisa Campana Named Hoag’s 2023 Nurse of the Year

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (May 10, 2023) – Hoag announced today that Lisa Campana, BSN, RN, CEN, MICN, has been named 2023 Nurse of the Year.

Nominated for her compassionate care, clinical excellence and patient-centered approach, Lisa was selected as Nurse of the Year for going above and beyond in her role as Charge Nurse in Hoag Hospital Newport Beach’s Emergency Department (ED).

She was recognized by her colleagues for her leadership, nurturing demeanor, and dedication to evidence-based practices. Lisa’s compassion toward her patients and their families ensures that their experience in the ED is a positive one.

“Lisa exemplifies the essence of a Hoag nurse – kind, compassionate, caring and excellent at her job. She along with her colleagues are always striving to provide the community with the best possible care when they come through Hoag’s ED,” said Christopher Childress, BSN, RN, CEN, nursing director, Hoag Hospital Newport Beach Emergency Department.

Lisa started her nursing career in Hoag’s Emergency Department back in 2009. Since the beginning, she has been a dedicated patient advocate committed to positive outcomes. She is also heavily involved in the Emergency Nurses Association where she advocates for ED nurses and shares valuable best practices with the ED.  Lisa has gone on multiple Medical Missionary trips throughout South America and the Philippines, bringing a smile and Hoag Pride wherever she goes. 

“Lisa Campana is an incredible representation of what it means to be named Nurse of the Year,” said Rick Martin, Ed.D, MSN, RN, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer of Hoag. “Our entire team of RNs at Hoag are truly special and continue to deliver extraordinary care with compassion on a daily basis, which makes all the difference for our patients and the community.”

Hoag’s Nursing Program has received numerous awards and accolades, as well as community support. As part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, Hoag has been recognized for its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. This voluntary credentialing program is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. Only 8% U.S. hospitals achieve Magnet recognition, only 3% have achieved the distinction four times in a row.

With philanthropic support, 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, ensuring Hoag’s promise to deliver exceptional patient care.

More than 3,600 Hoag nurses have received scholarships enabling them to pursue advanced education. As a result, approximately 90% of Hoag nurses have received their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees, and many have gone on to receive advanced degrees, including their Master of Science in Nursing.

“We are so proud to create a nurturing environment that promotes the advancement of evidence-based practices and fosters a commitment to healing,” said Martin. “Our community is in the best hands when they come to Hoag.”

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Hoag is a nonprofit, regional health care delivery system in Orange County, California. Delivering world-class, comprehensive, personalized care, Hoag consists of 1,800 top physicians, 15 urgent care facilities, 10 health & wellness centers, and two award-winning hospitals. Hoag offers a comprehensive blend of health care services that includes seven institutes providing specialized services in the following areas: cancerdigestive healthheart and vascularneurosciences, spine, women’s health, and orthopedics through Hoag’s affiliate, Hoag Orthopedic Institute, which consists of an orthopedic hospital and four ambulatory surgical centers. Hoag is the highest ranked hospital in Orange County by U.S. News & World Report and the only OC hospital ranked in the Top 10 in California, as well as a designated Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). For more information, visit