BAYADA News blog

BAYADA Receives Clinical Care Research Grant from Cure SMA

Posted by Lisa Weinstein

Jan 27, 2015 10:22:00 AM


Parents like Al Freedman, pictured with his son Jack, who has SMA, will benefit from a Cure SMA grant that will allow BAYADA Home Health Care to provide simulation lab training to families of children with SMA.


Pilot program will train family caregivers of those with spinal muscular atrophy

Cure SMA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the treatment and cure of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), has awarded BAYADA Pediatrics, a specialty of BAYADA Home Health Care, with a $30,000 clinical care grant. The funding will allow BAYADA to develop a pilot study involving hands-on, simulation-based training to help family members care for the complex medical needs of their children with SMA.

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Topics: children with special needs, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, BAYADA Pediatrics, BAYADA, children with disabilities, SMA, FSMA, Pediatric home care

Mark Baiada Interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted by Jim Armstrong

Jan 12, 2015 12:46:00 PM

J.-Mark-Baiada-600BAYADA Founder and President Mark Baiada.           Photo: Ed Hille/Inquirer Staff

As BAYADA Home Health Care celebrates its 40th anniversary, learn how Founder and President Mark Baiada started the company in 1975 and why he chose home health care as a business.

The Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer, Jane M. Von Bergen, sat down with Mr. Baiada for an interview, which was published today in the print and online editions. 

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Topics: Mark Baiada, BAYADA Home Health Care

BAYADA volunteers in MA provided seniors with hot meals

Posted by Lori Bookbinder

Dec 15, 2014 2:45:57 PM


On December 8, volunteers from BAYADA Massachusetts service offices prepared and served a hot, nutritious lunch for a group of senior citizens. 

Through a partnership with EcoMediaCBS and the Meals on Wheels Association of America, BAYADA is supporting the Massachusetts Emergency Relief Program to ensure seniors have access to nutritious, shelf-stable meals in the event of inclement weather or natural disasters.  BAYADA provided financial assistance to six Meals on Wheels Association member organizations in the Commonwealth which will support emergency relief and meal distribution programs. This funding will provide nearly 8,500 meals to more than 2,000 seniors.

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Topics: The BAYADA Way, BAYADA employees

Woman with ALS Speaks Again After Three Years

Posted by Jim Armstrong

Nov 21, 2014 9:41:00 AM


Clinical Manager Beatrice Lewis, client Lisa D., and BAYADA Nurse Shanta Waugh

Like so many others with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating and terminal neurological disease, Lisa D. lost her ability to walk, sit up, and breathe. To connect the assistive device that would enable her to breathe, she needed a tracheotomy—a small incision cut in her neck. Following this procedure, Lisa could no longer speak, leaving her family heartbroken.

Her family thought her inability to speak was a result of the disease. Bed bound for three years and only leaving her house for doctor appointments, her quality of life dramatically declined. Then, her family switched to BAYADA Home Health Care.

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Topics: Home Health Care, ALS Association

Team BAYADA Recognized for Exceptional ALS Fundraising

Posted by Jim Armstrong

Nov 20, 2014 4:47:49 PM


Manager Tracy Sideris and Founder and President Mark Baiada with the Heroes of Hope award

At The Walk to Defeat ALS for the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of The ALS Association on Saturday, November 15, Team BAYADA brought together more than 160 people, raised more than $7,000, and won first place for the highest-grossing corporate fundraising team. Their leader, BAYADA Home Health Care Founder and President Mark Baiada, accepted the Heroes of Hope award for the team that has worked tirelessly to make a difference and improve the quality of life for those living with ALS and their families.

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Topics: Awards and recognition, ALS Association

BAYADA Hospice Honors Veterans

Posted by Linda Hughes

Nov 20, 2014 11:18:56 AM

BAYADA Veterans Day Visit

US Army veteran Dick Miller (center) receives a letter of thanks and certificate of appreciation from Brett Vuyovich, US Army Veteran and BAYADA Volunteer; and Mayumi Kimura, US Navy veteran and BAYADA Client Services Manager.

For the second consecutive year, BAYADA Hospice honored its veteran patients during Veterans Day week by visiting them and providing a unique recognition.

“We sat with each patient for about an hour talking about their time in service and life in general,” explained BAYADA Client Services Manager and US Navy veteran Mayumi Kimura.

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Topics: volunteer, Hospice, BAYADA Hospice

Pediatric Experts Discuss Advocating for Children with Special Needs

Posted by Jim Armstrong

Nov 19, 2014 2:38:00 PM


BAYADA Pediatrics Division Director Patty Watson and her Delaware team of pediatric in-home care specialists brought together parents, community resources, and experts in the pediatric health care continuum and hosted their seventh educational conference Special Children, Special Needs: Meeting the Challenges of Advocating for the Medically Complex Child.

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Topics: Advocacy, Pediatric home care

Dave Totaro Elected to Pennsylvania Homecare Association Board

Posted by Jim Armstrong

Nov 19, 2014 12:42:10 PM


Dave Totaro, Chief Marketing and Government Affairs Officer for BAYADA Home Health Care, has been elected to the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) Board of Directors for a three-year term. The PHA Board represents the state’s home health care and hospice industry, which provides medical, personal, and end-of-life care to people of all ages in the comfort of their own homes.

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Topics: Awards and recognition, Dave Totaro

Emotional Surprise Honor for WWll Veteran on Hospice Care

Posted by Jim Armstrong

Nov 12, 2014 4:46:00 PM


Mr. Schertel with his BAYADA Hospice team from Boyertown, Pennsylvania

Sergeant Alphonsus “Uncle Al” Schertel, a 92-year-old WWll veteran, bronze star recipient, and hospice patient with end-stage heart disease, received a grand celebration in honor of his service. His BAYADA Hospice team from Boyertown, Pennsylvania coordinated the event at Forever Green Farm, where he lives with his niece and her family.

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Topics: Awards and recognition, BAYADA Hospice

Tucson Occupational Therapist Named BAYADA Quarterly Hero

Posted by Lori Bookbinder

Nov 11, 2014 1:56:38 PM


Cynthia Lane, OT (right) receives her Hero Award from Director Barbara Springs, RN, BSN 

BAYADA Home Health Care named Cynthia Lane, an occupational therapist from its west Tucson office, as National Hero of the Quarter. The quarterly award is presented to employees on national and local levels who demonstrate BAYADA’s core values—compassion, excellence, and reliability—through extraordinary deeds in their work.

Lane’s compassion is shown by the special place in her heart that she holds those who are most affected by traumatic events or unplanned illnesses. She knew how much one client, who lost the ends of her fingers due to illness, dreamed of doing her own hair.  Lane went out of her way to find the right hair dryer, and helped her patient do her hair and apply her own makeup.  “This was a special case where Cyndi showed how much she cared,” said Lisa Olson, BAYADA clinical manager. 

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Topics: Awards and recognition, Heroes on the Homefront, occupational therapy

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