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 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 clinical support 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:

Program Coordinator: Ashley Noguera
2023 Committee Chair: Seth McElroy, MSN, RN, CNL, CNOR
2023 Committee Vice Chair: Leanne Davis, MSN, RN, CPAN

If you have any questions about the DAISY or BEE Awards, please email Ashley Noguera at or call 434-243-3280.

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

Ashley Noguera
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 2015-2022 can be found here.

January 2023:

February 2023:

March 2023:

April 2023

May 2023

  • Winnie McKenzie, RN Clinician 2, Infusion Procedural Center
  • Jessica Harlow, RN Clinician 4, PACU

June 2023

  • Coming soon!


Congratulations to our 
UVA BEE Award Recipients!

*Previous recipients from 2022 can be found here.

    January 2023:

    February 2023:

    March 2023:

    April 2023:

    • Courtni Tapp, Patient Care Tech, OPSC Pre/Post
    • Ernest Vitolo, Event Medicine Specialist, Special Event Medical Management 

    May 2023:

    • Drew Goodwyn, ED Technician, Emergency Departmeny
    • Assadullah Neejah, Environmental Services, Endoscopy at Monroe Lane

    June 2023

    • Coming soon!