Recognizing Team Members

As a team member, you are part of a collaborative organization of health care professionals devoted to patient care. We want to recognize your accomplishments through several programs that exist across the University, as well as through "Uteam" programs specific to the Health System.

Team Member Recognition Intranet

Recognition Across the University

There are several awards presented to employees across the University in which academic staff and health system team members are eligible. 

  • *NEW* Hoos Building Bridges

    President Ryan asks our University community to “build bridges”—advice he first shared with thousands of guests gathered for Undergraduate Convocation on August 26, 2018. He doesn’t ask this only of students, but rather he asks that as a community we connect with new groups and individuals to challenge our thinking and build stronger connections. We all play an important role in this task—a responsibility staff and Medical Center team members meet every day. 

    The University’s newest award, Hoos Building Bridges acknowledges the cross-disciplinary partnerships and projects of staff and team members.

    Recipients of the award demonstrate leadership, facilitating communications channels and workflows across schools, units, and/or departments. Their efforts increase efficiency and streamline critical processes on Grounds or at the Hospital. They also investigate and discover new solutions for long-established needs, as well as give voice to diverse perspectives and thoughts. Ultimately, awardees challenge their own familiarity by establishing valuable relationships. 

    Together we shape a stronger future for the University. 


    Nominations are rolling, and recipients are awarded biannually. Students, staff, faculty, & team members may nominate. Only Academic Division staff and Medical Center team members are eligible for the award. Recipients receive a monetary award and feature story in UVAToday’s Building Bridges collection.

    Nominations Open May 13!

    The highest individual, employee award at the University is named in honor of Leonard W. Sandridge, who was an avid champion of UVA staff and who dedicated 44 years of service to the school. He joined the University in 1967 as internal audit staff and held a number of positions until he became executive vice president and chief operating officer in 1993. 

    This award recognizes an outstanding University staff or team member who demonstrates dedication to service through individual efforts, group contributions, and commitment to our larger community.

    Who Is Eligible?

    Currently employed, salaried, and non-probationary University staff, classified staff, and health system team members.

    Selection Criteria

    Winners of this prestigious award not only contribute to the University in a positive way, but also enhance internal or public regard for the services provided by UVA and the Commonwealth at large. Winners' dedication to service impacts students, patients, various clients, management, fellow employees, and/or the community. Know someone who deserves this award?

    Nominate a worthy candidate today!

    Awardees Receive

    Awardees receive $1,000, recognition at our annual Service Awards Dinner held at the Boar's Head, and a possible nomination for statewide program Governor’s Awards.


    As a thank you for your hard work, all employees are invited to an annual staff appreciation pancake breakfast hosted by President Ryan. It's a special celebration you won't want to miss.

    This year's breakfast will take place on March 6, from 7AM – 9AM at Fresh Food Company in Newcomb Hall. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, oatmeal, eggs, fruit, and gluten-free options. One hour parking validation at Central Grounds Garage provided.


    Employees with long tenure contribute to the University in many ways, and offer a valuable knowledge-base that supports our overall work and mission. To show our appreciation, we recognize and award those who achieve long-term service milestones – 10 years of continuous service and every five years after. Thank you for your commitment!


    Service anniversaries of 10, 15, and 20 years by July 1 are honored at a University-wide reception annually. If you reach your 25 or more years of service milestones, we are proud to celebrate with you at the Annual Service Awards Dinner. If you have not reached your anniversary by July 1 of the award year, you will be recognized the following year. For example, someone hired July 4, 2008 celebrates a 10 year anniversary in 2019. 

    Who Is Eligible?

    University Staff (salaried, academic division), classified staff (salaried, academic division), health system staff (salaried), and employees who have converted from Faculty to Staff (credited from the date of initial hire) are all eligible. This includes:

    • Service in any department
    • Salaried part-time employment
    • Service on a wage basis (appropriately recorded)
    • Military Leave service (taken according to leave regulations)
    • Leave without pay to attend school (recorded and certified by supervisor)
    • Non-continuous service (the total amount of employment, even if interrupted)

    Non-staff (faculty, students, etc.) are not eligible.

Recognition Within The Health System - Uteam

There are several recognition opportunities specific to Health System team members, including peer-to-peer nominations, member of the month awards, ASPIRE bonuses, point cards that can be exchanged for items in the Uteam storefront, and ad-hoc monetary awards.

  • Peer-To-Peer Nominations

    Recognize the work and efforts of your peers through a peer-to-peer nomination. Fill out a peer-to-peer card for the person you'd like to recognize. Cards are located in designated areas, including, but not limited to, break rooms. If you need assistance in locating a peer-to-peer card, ask your manager. 

    Managers who wish to order peer-to-peer cards for their teams, may do so in the Manager Storefront.

    Manager Storefront
  • UTeam Member Of The Month Awards

    The Uteam Member of the Month program recognizes team members each month for their outstanding service to the Health System. Any team member, patient, or visitor may nominate an eligible team member for Uteam Member of the Month by completing a nomination form. Nominations are due by the 15th each month.


    Health System team members who have been employed at least 6 months and have provided outstanding service to the Health System are eligible for nomination. Nominations may be based on the following criteria:

    • Demonstrates a caring manner and a strong customer focus
    • Works well with others
    • Makes the department a better place to work
    • Serves as a role model for others
    • Demonstrates a commitment to patient safety/patient-centered care


    Selected team members receive:

    • $100.00 bonus in next pay check
    • Certificate presented by Senior Leaders at a quarterly recognition breakfast 
    • Letter of Congratulations
    • Special announcements and pictures in the Connect newsletter
    • Picture taken and featured on hospital LCDs
    • Special Uteam Member of the Month ID badge


    The selection committee meets after each monthly deadline, and winners are announced by the end of the month in most cases.

    Nominate A Uteam Member of the Month
  • ASPIRE Bonuses

    The ASPIRE Bonus Program is designed to reward team members for exemplary performance while demonstrating our Core Values of Accountability, Stewardship, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect and Excellence. If selected, team members are eligible for a bonus of $500 - $1,500* paid in a lump sum. A team member may receive multiple bonuses in a given Plan Year and may receive bonuses over multiple consecutive years.

    • Accountability means acknowledging and assuming responsibility for where we have succeeded and failed in terms of our actions, divisions, policies, and results.
    • Stewardship means responsibly and carefully managing our resources and commitment to continual improvement and learning while acknowledging shortcomings or problems in our quest.
    • Professionalism means approaching all that we do, in a collaborative way, to deliver excellent care through the lens of helpfulness, positivity, kindness and competency.
    • Integrity means being honest, open and fair through our behaviors, attitude and treatment of others.
    • Respect means being mindful of building a diverse and inclusive environment while showing compassion for everyone through our caring and intentional ways.
    • Excellence means conducting ourselves in a manner that surpasses ordinary standards through our preparation, collaboration and proactivity in all that we do.


    The program currently pertains to all team members except Physicians. All team members who meet the following conditions are eligible for the ASPIRE Bonus Program:

    • Team member was employed as of January 1st of the Plan Year.
    • Team member is employed and is on the active, regular status payroll (i.e., not temporary, occasional or on contract) on the date on which payments are made.
    • Team member exhibits exemplary performance over and above expected performance standards for his/her position in support of our core values and is not on disciplinary action.
    • Team member has received earned wages or salary during the period for which the payment is awarded.
    • Team member is not a Physician.
    • Team members on paid or unpaid leave of absence are not eligible to receive a bonus until they return to active employment status.


    If selected, team members are eligible for a bonus of $500 - $1,500* paid in a lump sum. A team member may receive multiple bonuses in a given Plan Year and may receive bonuses over multiple consecutive years.

    *All bonuses are subject to applicable State and Federal Tax guidelines.

    Nominate A Team Member
  • Point Cards

    The Uteam Storefront contains Health System merchandise used to recognize team members quickly and easily for their behavior consistent with our organizational values. Team members are awarded point cards by department managers across the Medical Center. Merchandise can be requested by team members or by managers.

    How It Works For Team Members

    When you receive a point card, you may redeem the value for merchandise in the Exchange website or you may redeem directly in the Hospital cafeterias, Higher Grounds, and Medical Center gift shop.

    When using the Exchange website, select your merchandise and follow the prompts to confirm your order is placed. Deliveries are made within two weeks.

    How It Works For Managers

    Each Medical Center department manager is given two 5-point cards and two 20-point cards for every worked full-time employee. Managers are asked to use the Manager Storefront to replenish their point cards as needed.

    Team Member Exchange Site
  • Recognition Dollars

    Each manager is provided with $15 per every full-time employee to recognize team members in their respective cost center for their great work. Managers may review and spend allotted dollars on a quarterly basis.

    How It Works

    Managers work with their designated Finance Consultant to track and distribute these funds. 

    Managers utilizing internal food vendor (Catertrax) should use their PTAEO, but ensure the the recognition button is checked prior to submitting the order.

    Managers requesting reimbursement from a receipt will need to submit an Expense Report through PeopleSoft Financials.

    Managers may use the $15 to purchase 5-point recognition cards or items from the Exchange website by requesting a budget transfer.

    Contact the Uteam office at 434-243-4504 or for assistance.

  • Inserts for Uteam Celebration Toolkit Binders

  • On Demand Payment Form & Business Meal Certification Form