Northwest Medical Center and Oro Valley Hospital are seeking to honor one nurse from each hospital with the Patient Choice Award, recognizing the "quality care, comfort and compassion demonstrated in his or her daily work," a release said.

The hospitals are asking for input from the community. One nurse from each hospital chosen from the nominations will receive the Patient Choice Award during Nurses' Week, May 6-12.

Northwest Medical Center and Oro Valley Hospital ask former patients and family members to be involved in spotlighting an exceptional nurse, "because patients are the ones directly impacted by outstanding care.

"Sometimes it's just too hard to spot one nurse when there are so many nurses in our hospitals doing such an incredible job caring for our patients," said Kim Chimene, marketing director at NMC. "That's why we are asking patients to help us make the choice. They see the little things that matter so much on a very personal level."

To nominate a nurse, send the nurse's name and name of the hospital and a few paragraphs explaining the nomination, along with your own name (and the name of the patient) address and phone number.

Patient Choice Award nominations

Due by Friday, April 30.

Northwest Medical Center nominations may be e-mailed to kimberly.chimene@northwestmedicalcenter.com, mailed to: Kim Chimene, Marketing Director, Northwest Medical Center, 6200 N. La Cholla Blvd., Tucson, 85741, or faxed to: 520-469-8916. Oro Valley Hospital nominations may be e-mailed to angela.kolling@nmcorovalley.com, mailed to Angie Kolling, Marketing Director, Oro Valley Hospital, 1551 E. Tangerine Road, Oro Valley, 85755 or faxed to: 1-866-726-9971.

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