The DAISY and BEE Awards at UVA Health

UVA Health's Nursing Professional Governance Organization (NPGO) is proud to offer the DAISY and BEE Awards as a way to honor the compassion and care UVA team members provide their patients every day!


"DAISY" is an acronym for "Diseases Attacking the Immune System". The DAISY Award was established by The DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.

For more information on The DAISY Award, visit the DAISY Foundation website here

BEE Award

"BEE" is an acronym for "Being Excellent Everyday" and this award program was adopted by UVA Health University Medical Center in May 2022 to symbolize the relationship between nursing and other members of the care team - the same way bees and flowers depend on one another. This special program recognizes excellence among the team members who work alongside our nursing teams delivering expert, compassionate care.

Nominate a UVA Nurse or Care Team Member for a DAISY or BEE Award!

  • The DAISY Award Committee is proud to honor two nurses from UVA Health each month with a DAISY Award, as well as two care team members each month for a BEE Award.
  • Nominations may be submitted anytime by patients, patients' families, visitors, and fellow UVA team members.
  • Our DAISY Award is a nursing-specific award created to honor extraordinary nursing care, and is presented by our Chief Nursing Officer and DAISY Committee Chair as a surprise celebration on the recipient's unit. Award recipients will receive a framed certificate, a DAISY Honoree pin, and a “Healer’s Touch” sculpture, along with a copy of their nomination(s).
  • The BEE Award mimics our DAISY Award in that each recipient also receives a surprise celebration in their practice area, presented by their area leader. Award recipients will receive a framed certificate, a BEE Honoree pin, and a honeycomb sculpture, along with a copy of their nomination(s).
  • Nominees who meet eligibility criteria but are not chosen for the award will still receive unit-level recognition, as well as a nominee packet that includes a copy of their nomination(s), a nominee pin, and signed letter from a Chief level executive leader.




DAISY Award Committee Leadership:
2024 Committee Chair: Leanne Davis, MSN, RN, CPAN
2024 Committee Vice Chair: Crystal Richard, MSN, RN, CCRN

BEE Award Committee Leadership:
2024 Committee Chair: Hannah Kolpack 
2024 Committee Vice Chair: Victoria Gibbons

If you have any questions about the DAISY or BEE Awards, please email

If you wish to mail in a written nomination, print this form, and send to:

Nursing Governance Office
PO Box #800135
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Printable nomination form is also available in Spanish here.

Congratulations to our 
UVA DAISY Award Recipients!

*Previous recipients from 2015-2023 can be found here.

January 2024:

February 2024:

March 2024:

April 2024:

May 2024

June 2024

July 2024

  • Coming soon!


Congratulations to our 
UVA BEE Award Recipients!

*Previous recipients from 2022-2023 can be found here.

    January 2024:

    • Lauren Berman, Occupational Therapist Clin 2, Occupational Therapy
    • Autumn Moore, Licensed Physical Therapy Asst, Physical Therapy      

    February 2024:

    • Melanie Wood, Patient Care Technician, 4 Central Organ Transplant  
    • Melissa Evans, Patient Dining Associate, Nutrition Services

    March 2024:

    April 2024

    • Terrance Rush, Senior Access Associate, Cardiovascular Surgery Center
    • Billy Craig, Patient Services Assistant, OPSC Pre/Post 

    May 2024:

    • Tabby McDaniels, Patient Care Technician, Farmville Dialysis
    • Kenneth "Barry" Reynolds, Trades Utility Senior Worker, Facilities Management

    June 2024: 

    • Alice Johnson, Patient Care Technician, Medical ICU
    • Sulekha P Jain, Ambulatory Pharmacist, ERC Pharmacy

    July 2024: