Southeast Georgia Health System Presents BEE Award to Thelma Vega

Southeast Georgia Health System recently presented the BEE Award to Thelma Vega, an environmental services team member. The BEE Award honors and recognizes team members who go Beyond Exceptional Expectations (BEE).

Vega was nominated for the BEE Award by Alecia Dellapenna, RN, who said Vega “inspired me to be more compassionate with my patient care.”

The nomination excerpt includes, “Thelma is always very kind to the patients, but she went above and beyond for a patient in the CCU [critical care unit]. The patient had gotten out of the bed on her own. After being the first one to respond, Thelma helped get the patient back to safety. The patient was upset and wanted to talk to her friend. Thelma went and got her personal cell phone, covered it with a protective shield (to protect from COVID-19), and took it back to the patient’s room. Thelma dialed the patient’s friend for her and stayed in the room while the patient talked to her friend. She stayed to calm her down for ten minutes. Thelma provided the patient with comfort, and she inspired me to be more compassionate with my patient care.”

Vega was presented with a certificate, flowers and a beautiful engraved crystal award. She also received honey buns to share with her fellow team members and a banner to display in her department.

Those eligible for the BEE Award include all Health System team members and volunteers outside of nurses (RNs and LPNs may receive the DAISY Award). These team members provide extraordinary experiences for Health System patients, their families, and visitors by exemplifying quality service and care.

Anyone may nominate a deserving team member for a BEE Award online at, or nominations may be placed in BEE boxes located throughout the Health System’s Brunswick and Camden campuses. A committee of Health System team members review the nominations and determine the BEE Award recipient(s)