BAYADA Home Health Care Director Ann Baiada, RN, CRRN received a 2014 Hall of Fame Award from Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing in Pennsylvania. In celebration of their centennial anniversary, the school launched the Hall of Fame Award, which is presented to distinguished alumni who inspire the next generation of nurses through their advanced education and leadership positions.
Baiada, an alumna of Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing, has practiced in a variety of clinical settings. Throughout her career, she has worked in the intensive care unit, the critical care unit, recovery room, pediatrics, public health nursing, and home health care.
“What could be more important than caring for others?,” said Baiada. “If you think about it, a nurse is with you, in most circumstances and cultures, when you are born, when you die, and many times in between. I believe it is science that may heal you, but it is the art of a good nurse that you will remember.”
Building upon the value of education that was instilled in her at Abington, Baiada created two training and mentoring programs at BAYADA—Project White Cap, a training program for new nurses, and Project White Shoes, annual training for clinical leaders. Baiada also founded BAYADAbility, the company's rehabilitation nursing program.
Mrs. Baiada believes in empowering, inspiring and supporting nurses who embody The BAYADA Way, and the core values of compassion, excellence and reliability. Her dedication to developing strong clinical leaders led to the creation of the Ann Baiada Center for Clinical Excellence and the Ann Baiada Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership.
Baiada’s passion for nursing is rooted in her experiences as a child in Philadelphia. Her mother was a nurse who would often take care of those in her neighborhood. “I grew up watching my mother make a difference—caring for and helping everyone,” said Baiada.
Baiada has been recognized with the Irish Education 100 award from the Irish Voice in 2014, the VNA Caring Award from the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia in 2014, The Uachtarán Award from the Irish American Business Chamber & Network in 2014, the Richard J. Hughes Humanitarian Award from Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton in 2013, the Best 50 Women in Business award from NJBiz in 2010, the Citizen of the Year Award from the Moorestown Service Council, the Diva in Nursing award in 2007 from The Institute for Nursing in New Jersey, the Cardinal Dougherty Hall of Fame Award from Cardinal Dougherty High School in 2007, the Work of Mercy Award from Mercy Vocational High School in 2006, the Howard Fiala Service Above Self Award from Moorestown Rotary Club in 2006, and the Light of Hope Award from Catholic Charities in 2005.
Baiada received the degree of doctor of humane letters, honoris causa from Drexel University, a doctor of laws, honoris causa from Neumann University, a certification in rehabilitation nursing from the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, and a registered nurse degree from Abington Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.