Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach has named Donna Dessau, an ob/gyn nurse practitioner and labor and delivery nurse, as its 2019 Nurse of the Year.

Dessau, who has worked at Hoag for a decade, was credited with being a role model and mentor and for her clinical excellence. She implemented a “Move It Momma” project to increase patients’ moving about in early labor. She also leads a perinatal loss committee and annual memorial.