Compassionate care honored with DAISY and BEE Awards

Submitted to the Herald Review

REED CITY — A Reed City nurse and a Big Rapids rehabilitation specialist are the latest Spectrum Health employees honored with DAISY and BEE Awards. The awards, launched in 2016, recognize excellent performance and are based on nominations from patients, community members and colleagues.

The latest winner of the DAISY Award, reserved for nurses, is Laura Bozeman, RN, who works at Reed City Hospital. She was nominated by four patients, who emphasized her kindness and comforting care of those dealing with trauma and apprehension.

Winner of the BEE Award, open to all staff members, is Elizabeth “Liz” Mcleod, physical therapist at Big Rapids Hospital. She was applauded for her therapy with a 2-year-old special needs patient.

The patient’s mother said of Mcleod, “I have no question that she truly loves my son and enjoys their therapy time together. She listens to my concerns…and gives me ideas to use at home.”

About Bozeman, one patient said, “It was great to have someone so nice take care of you when you’re so scared.” Another added, “I have many health issues. She listens to me and comforts me. Every hospital needs 100 nurses like her.”

The quarterly awards were announced by Caroline Ring, chief nursing officer for the two hospitals. She encouraged patients, families, community members and hospital staff to nominate hospital employees when they observe exemplary care.

“This awards program was adopted from The DAISY Award, an international program established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes,” Ring explained. “The Barnes family was deeply appreciative of the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick. So they created an award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.”

Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals have expanded the recognition program to include all clinical and non-clinical employees, in addition to nurses. Nominations are open for any Spectrum Health employee who regularly goes above and beyond in creating a meaningful experience for patients.

Nomination forms can be found at any Spectrum Health facility in Mecosta and Osceola counties or submitted online at