Submitted to the Herald Review REED CITY \u2014 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 \u201cLiz\u201d Mcleod, physical therapist at Big Rapids Hospital. She was applauded for her therapy with a 2-year-old special needs patient. The patient\u2019s mother said of Mcleod, \u201cI have no question that she truly loves my son and enjoys their therapy time together. She listens to my concerns\u2026and gives me ideas to use at home.\u201d About Bozeman, one patient said, \u201cIt was great to have someone so nice take care of you when you\u2019re so scared.\u201d Another added, \u201cI have many health issues. She listens to me and comforts me. Every hospital needs 100 nurses like her.\u201d 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. \u201cThis awards program was adopted from The DAISY Award, an international program established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes,\u201d Ring explained. \u201cThe 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.\u201d 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 onlineregistrationcenter.com\/DAISYandBEEAward.