Sparrow Ionia Recognizes Caregiver with BEE Award

Published: April 17, 2023

IONIA, MI – Sparrow Ionia Hospital has honored one of its caregivers with the BEE Award for going above and beyond in her position.

Nominated by fellow caregivers, Patient Access caregiver Dawn Graham received the BEE Award for her exceptional care towards patients and continual willingness to assist colleagues. Graham has worked at Sparrow Ionia since 2016.

“Dawn is a valued member of the team,” said Angela Keehn, Patient Access Manager at Sparrow Ionia Hospital. “She goes the extra mile by helping to strip beds and other tasks the nurses may need assistance doing, all while maintaining top-notch customer service and accurate registrations.”

The BEE Award recognizes excellence among the clinical support caregivers who work alongside nursing teams to deliver quality, compassionate care. BEE is an acronym for Be Exceptional Every day. Acknowledging the strength behind teamwork, the BEE Award is often given in conjunction with the DAISY Award to symbolize the relationship between nursing and clinical support caregivers - the same way bees and flowers depend on one another.

Dawn Graham Ionia BEE Award April 2023

Patient Access caregiver Dawn Graham (second from left) is honored as Sparrow Ionia Hospital’s BEE Award recipient, accompanied by (from left) Patient Access Manager Angela Keehn; Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Harris, MSN, BSN, RN; and Director of Operations Steve Dexter, MSN, RN, CNRN.


Sparrow Ionia Hospital is a subsidiary of Sparrow Health System. As Mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization, Sparrow includes hospitals in Lansing, Carson City, Charlotte, Ionia and St. Johns, as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group, the Michigan Athletic Club, and AL!VE. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan Medicine through the Sparrow Children’s Center and with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 Caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and Patient experience. For more information, visit