Jennifer Sheets, RN, MSN, CCRN, Chief Clinical Officer for BAYADA Home Health Care, was named a finalist for the Healthcare Hero Award by NJBIZ, the premier business news publication in New Jersey. The awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, June 20 in Somerset, NJ.

The NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes Awards program honors individuals and organizations that are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in New Jersey. Finalists were selected in 10 different categories, and Sheets was a finalist in the Nurse of the Year Award. 

Sheets was recognized for the leadership she provides to BAYADA’s Clinical Standards and Leadership team. She has inspired and supported clinical staff by initiating better hiring and training practices and ongoing professional development programs, to ensure BAYADA care professionals provide high-quality care, delivered with compassion, excellence, and reliability.

Sheets has empowered BAYADA clinicians to use an integrated care model and to consider the use of alternative care models depending on client needs. By incorporating specialty care based on patient population needs, Sheets’ integrated care model allows a holistic approach to the physical, emotional, and spiritual care of individual patients and their families, which— combined with wellness and prevention strategies and education—gives patients an improved quality of life in the comfort of their own homes. Her accomplishments in this area truly meet the BAYADA Home Health Care mission: to enable all people to live safely at home with comfort, independence, and dignity.

In addition, Sheets developed and initiated new preventive population health programs designed for high-risk populations, addressing health concerns such as fall prevention, vestibular balance, and heart failure. These programs meet the needs of specialized patient populations in the communities BAYADA serves and have reduced rehospitalizations, improved outcomes, and reduced costs. 

Sheets is redefining health care education to include offerings in community-based care (often completely missing from traditional nursing, health care leadership, and physician training) and dynamic curricula that connect clinical education, critical thinking, and leadership skills and meet the requirements of degree and certification programs. This has enabled BAYADA to effectively educate the next generation of leaders in areas such as nursing, health informatics, and public health.

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