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Mark Baiada Discusses the Importance of a Values-Based Culture

Posted by Lori Bookbinder

Jan 13, 2016 1:44:17 PM


In the January 2016 issue of Integrated Healthcare Executive, BAYADA President Mark Baiada discusses how fostering a values-driven culture—such as The BAYADA Way– can benefit an organization. 

Mark discussed how documenting and consistently communicating a company’s values throughout an organization brings people together under a common purpose. He emphasized how livingThe BAYADA Way in our day-to-day work has benefited both BAYADA and our clients.


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Topics: The BAYADA Way

Philadelphia Inquirer Publishes Story About BAYADA's Simulation Training for Parents

Posted by Jim Armstrong

Jan 11, 2016 10:42:05 AM


BAYADA Director of Pediatric Simulation Operations Heather Kuzara trains a parent in the simulation lab. Photo courtesy of Alejandro A. Alvarez, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Stacey Burling, staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, explores the unique program that BAYADA Pediatrics offers to better prepare parents of medically fragile children for emergency medical situations in the home. 

"High-tech human simulators have been a fixture of training for doctors and nurses for years. BAYADA Home Health Care is among those that are going a step further."


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Topics: BAYADA Pediatrics, Simulation Lab Training

Pediatric Nurse Residency Program Seeking RN Applicants

Posted by Lisa Weinstein

Jan 6, 2016 1:55:00 PM


Simulation lab training using computerized mannequins to mimic real-life medical emergencies is part of the  Nurse Residency Program, which prepares nurses to care for children in the home.

BAYADA Pediatrics, a specialty of BAYADA Home Health Care, is seeking candidates to apply for their post-graduate Pediatric Nurse Residency Program. This full-time, 12-week training program is designed to prepare recent nurse graduates for their transition into a professional nursing role in pediatric home care. The program is followed by a nine-month residency period as a pediatric field nurse.

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Topics: BAYADA Pediatrics, RN, Pediatric home care, Pediatric Nurses, Pediatric Nurse Residency Program, Nurse residency program, Simulation Lab Training

BAYADA Habilitation Awarded  CARF Reaccreditation

Posted by Lisa Weinstein

Jan 4, 2016 11:40:53 AM



BAYADA Habilitation, a BAYADA Home Health Care specialty practice, was recently awarded reaccreditation for the third time from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  BAYADA Habilitation earned its first CARF accreditation in 2009, then again in 2112. BAYADA Habilitation helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live safely at home and participate in their communities with comfort, independence, and dignity. The CARF accreditation was awarded to habilitation offices in Charlotte, Greensboro, Hickory, Shelby, Wilmington, and Winston Salem in N.C. and to the Hazelton office in P.A.

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Topics: BAYADA Habilitation, Habilitation, CARF

BAYADA Gov’t Head Elected Chair of National Medicaid Partnership Board

Posted by Greg Howe

Dec 15, 2015 12:00:00 PM


Totaro emceeing the BAYADA Home Health Care Champion Awards on Dec. 1


BAYADA Home Health Care Chief Marketing and Government Affairs Officer David J. Totaro was recently elected chair of the Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care 2015-2016 board of directors. The Medicaid Partnership is comprised of leading home care providers and managed care companies from around the country seeking to work with government leaders to promote access to cost-effective, high-quality Medicaid home care services.

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Topics: Home Health Care, Advocacy, Home Care

Former Rutgers Football Star Kicks Off Home Care Champion Awards

Posted by Greg Howe

Dec 14, 2015 1:11:47 PM

From left: BAYADA Area Director Marlana Follet, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, HHSA Past President and CEO Jean Alan Bestafka, BAYADA Chief Operating Officer Linda Siessel, Eric LeGrand, BAYADA Division Director Ali Waeschle, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, BAYADA Director Louise Lindenmeier, BAYADA Chief Marketing and Government Affairs Officer David J. Totaro

Eric LeGrand, a former Rutgers University football star and BAYADA client who lives with quadriplegia from a spinal cord injury experienced during a 2010 game, served as the keynote speaker during the third annual BAYADA Home Health Care Champion Awards. The event paid tribute to Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto of the 32nd Legislative District, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle of the 37th Legislative District, and Jean Alan Bestafka, past president and CEO of the Home Health Services Association (HHSA), for their outstanding dedication to home health care advocacy.

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Topics: Advocacy, NJ

BAYADA Pediatrics Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the Delaware News

Posted by Maureen Kolodziej

Dec 11, 2015 11:56:55 AM


Hero_DP.jpg           BAYADA Pediatrics LPN Donna Williams poses with her client Madison and her Hero Award.

Donna Williams of BAYADA Pediatrics was recognized by Delaware’s local news site ( for her outstanding work as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) who cares for young children. This work led her to receive the BAYADA Hero of the Quarter Award were she was chosen out of hundreds of nurses for her compassion, excellence, and reliability.

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BAYADA Offices in MA Provide Seniors with Nutritious Meals

Posted by Lori Bookbinder

Dec 8, 2015 1:51:38 PM


Earlier this month, representatives from various BAYADA Home Health Care offices in Massachusetts had a fantastic day helping senior citizens.

For the second consecutive year, BAYADA supported the Meals on Wheels America’s Massachusetts Emergency Relief Program. The BAYADA-funded program provides seniors with access to nutritious, shelf-stable meals in the event of inclement weather or a disaster, where regular Meals on Wheels meal delivery services are interrupted. Funding in 2015 will support eight different Meals on Wheels programs throughout the Commonwealth, serving more than 2,000 seniors with approximately 8,000 meals.

On Wednesday, December 2, BAYADA Home Health Care volunteers gathered at a local Meals on Wheels program—operated by Old Colony Elder Services—to hand-deliver meals to local seniors and serve a congregate lunch to residents of Belair Tower in Brockton, MA.  

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Topics: volunteer, funding, BAYADA employees

BAYADA Hospice Helps Grant Final Wish for Couple’s Anniversary

Posted by Linda Hughes

Nov 24, 2015 1:08:41 PM


Andy and Kathy Leclaire split a milkshake at Yankee Candle Village. They took the trip to celebrate their 39th – and final – wedding anniversary. 

Andy and Kathy Leclaire knew exactly what they wanted to do for their 39th – and final – wedding anniversary in October. They hoped to visit Yankee Candle Village. Located in Deerfield, Massachusetts, about 30 miles south of their home in Brattleboro, Vermont, the trip may have been simple a few years ago, but would now require a team effort.

In February of 2014, Andy received a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (otherwise known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Since then, he and his wife Kathy have focused on enjoying the time they have left together, and making new memories. In March of 2015, as his ALS progressed, the family called BAYADA Hospice to address his quality of life and help ease his pain and symptoms.

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Topics: BAYADA Nurses, Hospice

BAYADA Home Health Care Named to theTop 500 of the 2015 HomeCare Elite

Posted by Lori Bookbinder

Nov 18, 2015 9:50:45 AM

BAYADA Home Health Care today announced that it has been named to the Top 500 of the 2015 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its ninth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,718 agencies considered, 2,431 are elite.

The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading provider of home health and hospice metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent publication in the home care profession, Home Health Line.  

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Topics: excellence, BAYADA Home Health Care, home health

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