Published on August 12, 2020

NMMC Staff Receives DAISY, BEE Awards

winners of Bee and Daisy award

3 Central Nurse Manager Brianna Scott (left) and Nurse Educator Crystal Gann (right) recently presented Olivia Johnston with NMMC’s DAISY Award and Stephanie Gillespie with the BEE Award.

Rebecca Cleveland of the Resource Pool was awarded NMMC’s DAISY Award.

TUPELO, Miss.—North Mississippi Medical Center has awarded its most recent DAISY Award to registered nurses Rebecca Cleveland and Olivia Johnston of 3 Central and the most recent BEE Award to Stephanie Gillespie, certified nursing assistant.

Several months ago, a terminally ill patient on 3 Central was accompanied by her husband and 6-year-old daughter. The child lost a tooth while staying with her mother. Cleveland and Johnston gave her a cup to put her tooth in; then, while she was asleep, they swapped out the tooth for $1. When the child awoke, she was so excited to find the Tooth Fairy had visited her even though she was at the hospital.

Gillespie bought the child candy, marshmallows and a plush unicorn. When she gave these to the little girl, the little girl exclaimed, “How did you know I love unicorns?”

“Thank you so much for picking up the job of mother to show love to a little girl when her mother was not able to and keeping the magic of childhood alive during a horrible time in her life,” their nomination states. “Now she will have a happy, magical memory to soften the memory of her mother passing.”

Cleveland, who lives in Fulton, earned an associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College in 2014 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women in 2018. She joined the NMMC staff six years ago on 3 North and has worked in the Resource Pool since 2016.

Johnston lives in Hamilton, Alabama, and has worked on NMMC’s 3 Central for four years. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Northwest Shoals Community College in 2009.

Cleveland and Johnston each received a certificate, a DAISY Award pin, a bouquet donated by Bishop’s Flower Shop and a hand-carved stone sculpture titled A Healer’s Touch.

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day. Nomination forms are available throughout NMMC or at For more information, call (662) 377-3431 or email

Gillespie, who lives in Pontotoc, completed the certified nursing assistant training program at Itawamba Community College in 2019. She joined the NMMC staff two years ago and worked on 3 West before transferring to 3 Central. She is also cross trained as a unit coordinator and monitor technician.

Gillespie received a certificate, a BEE Award pin, a bouquet donated by Bishop’s Flower Shop and a cake. BEE Award nomination forms are available throughout NMMC or at For more information, call (662) 377-3431 or email  Stephanie GillespieRebecca Cleveland

Olivia Johnson

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