Veteran receives BEE Award - Tomah VA Medical Center
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Tomah VA Medical Center


Veteran receives BEE Award

Karen Long, Larry Simon, Barbara Iwanowicz and Adrienne Baumgart

Karen Long - Associate Director for Patient Care Services, Larry Simon, Barbara Iwanowicz and Adrienne Baumgart

By Derrick Smith, Public Affairs Specialist
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

An Army and Marine Corps Veteran was humbled by the recognition received as this quarter’s BEE Award recipient.

“I share this with everyone because we all deserve an award like this for what we do every day. I work with outstanding people,” shared Larry Simon. “I do this normally so to be awarded for it is great.”

Veteran George Nash nominated Simon for the award. Nash’s words were shared during the presentation.

“Larry is a truly exceptional CNA in every way. He always presents his very best for every Veteran he cares for, every interaction, every time. They know that he is a Veteran himself and respect him for that and so do I.”

Karen Long, Associate Director for Patient Care Services, presented Simon with a beautiful certificate and a BEE Award pin.

“The BEE Award demonstrates quality, compassionate care using the VA’s ICARE principals,” said Long. “We are here today to celebrate Larry Simon who has won this wonderful honor.”

Adrienne Baumgart supervises Simon and recognizes his dedication to the Veterans as well.

“Larry is a deserving nursing assistant and is a great asset to our facility,” she said.

Simon, a Davenport, Iowa native, has worked for the Tomah VA for 19 years as a nursing assistant.

“We get to help people. It’s not work, it’s just one Veteran taking care of another one,” he added.

The BEE Award was created to recognize exceptional caregivers in non-licensed nursing roles. Based on the success of the DAISY Award program and its positive impact on the nursing profession, the Tomah VA Medical Center implemented a recognition program for Nursing Assistants, Health Technicians and Social Services Assistants.

To nominate someone for the BEE Award, go to




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