BAYADA LPN Hero of the Year (center, left) surrounded by her BAYADA family during Awards Weekend in Charlotte, NC.
This May, BAYADA announced Elizabeth Gouldey of Jamison, PA as their 2018 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) of the Year. Chosen among hundreds of her peers, CEO David Baiada presented Gouldey with the award at the company’s annual meeting in Charlotte, NC in front of more than 2,500 BAYADA employees.
"I finally found my niche, being an LPN at BAYADA," she said. "It's so rewarding."
Gouldey spends part of her week caring for BAYADA client Jim Cassidy, 53, who was diagnosed with ALS and quadriplegia. Gouldey is skilled in managing his complex medical needs, which include a ventilator and tracheostomy that help him to breathe, feeding tubes, a Hoyer lift to help transfer him around the house, and more.
Gouldey, however, offers Cassidy and his family much more than just her clinical skills. Using a speech synthesizer and eye gaze computer, Cassidy summed up his feelings for the nurse who has given him such great care.
“As soon as she appears, it’s a good day,” he said.
His wife, Lisa, is equally impressed with Gouldey. Though she works in health care as a physical therapist, she said her husband’s diagnosis was the one thing she couldn’t fix herself. Lisa describes Gouldey as a best friend to her husband and a wonderful support system for their family. Gouldey even works overnight when Lisa can’t be there.
“To find someone who can keep our family laughing in the midst of this horrible disease is priceless,” Lisa said. “Liz is not just a nurse. She brings happiness and joy into our home. She keep adding to Jim’s life.”
Moreover, Cassidy and his family aren’t the only people she touches. Her colleagues attest that Gouldey leaves her mark on every client she meets.
“She treats them like they aren’t sick or without a disability. She treats them with dignity,” said BAYADA Clinical Manager Tracey Tillger.
BAYADA Director Jennifer Osmanaj agrees. “She brings life to her clients,” she said. “It’s a true gift to do that.”
Watch what makes Gouldey a Hero.
Established in 1999, the BAYADA Hero of the Year Program recognizes home health care professionals who consistently demonstrate the company’s core values of compassion, excellence, and reliability. Each quarter, patients and peers nominate their local heroes. From the local heroes, division heroes are selected and ultimately four national heroes are chosen among five disciplines: registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, therapist, home health aide, and social worker. The four national heroes are recognized at the annual awards ceremony.