Palms West Hospital
December 29, 2021

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. (December 22, 2021) – Palms West Hospital has honored two of its exceptional medical professionals as its DAISY and BEE Awards winners for the winter quarter.

The DAISY Award honors “the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day,” according to The DAISY Foundation.

Recognized in December is Palms West Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Nurse, Deb Wilfong. Wilfong was nominated by a mother who had experienced firsthand Deb’s care and compassion while her child was in the NICU.

"When I first met Deb she was super friendly, she was very thorough and always made sure to take time to explain things to me, and I could see how well she took care of [my child],” the nomination stated.

“I don't know how I would have ever made it through this without her. When Deb works I know [he] is in great hands. Deb brought love and joy to [him] which in return brings his father and me peace in this trying time."

Aneta Nichols, who works in Ultrasound at the Hospital is the recipient of the BEE (Beyond Exceptional Expectations) Award for the quarter.

Nichols is a highly-skilled sonographer and has been recognized for her kind and compassionate care. Her specialty is pediatrics, and Nichols is known for taking her time while scanning her young patients and calming them at the same time. 

Nichols has been mentoring students from Palm Beach State College for the past three years, and because of her training skills and high standards, Palms West has since hired three of those students to its team.

“She loves what she does and it shows every day,” according to her nomination.

The BEE (Beyond Exceptional Expectations) Award is a nationally-recognized award that recognizes team members outside of nursing for going above and beyond to care for patients, visitors, and each other.

“Just like a DAISY would not be able to grow without the help of the BEE, our nurses could not do what they do for our patients without the outstanding teamwork of other health care professionals,” the Award states.

For more about the DAISY Award and The DAISY Award Foundation, visit