I was invited to stop in the Bayada office on Main street in Norwich to witness a special event. The employees were all receiving a "gift" from the founder.
As part of BAYADA Home Health Care’s transition to nonprofit and to show gratitude to BAYADA employees for the meaningful work they do, BAYADA Founder and Chairman Mark Baiada recently surprised employees with a $20 million gift to be distributed among RNs, LPNs, social workers, home health aides, therapists, associates, client services managers, clinical managers, office support, and other staff among the ten specialties in the 22 states in which the company operates.
The surprise took place at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia, PA, just a block away from where Baiada started the first BAYADA service office over 43 years ago with $16,000 in savings and a mission to help people live safely at home with comfort, independence and dignity. During a lunch with 100 employees -- representing a wide range of roles, responsibilities, and tenure -- in celebration of national Home Care & Hospice Month and Thanksgiving, Baiada shocked them with the surprise of a lifetime: he is divvying up the $20 million of his personal funds, based on each employee’s lifetime earnings with the company. Gift amounts will range from tens of thousands for those who have been with BAYADA for many years, to $50 for employees who just started with the company last week.
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I stopped in to Bayada at the request of Dr John Saroyan to witness first hand the awards being distributed here at the local level . I took several photo's and a video of the Bayada Division Director, who was present to announce the awards to all offices in her division via Zoom video conferencing.
Kristin Barnum announces the awards to division employees
Group photo after announcement was made
Employees from several offices attend the meeting via video conference
Jessica DeGrechie, Office Director at Bayada sorts out the award letters
And now she passes them out to employees
Another group of employees watching the presentation
Employees getting their awards
Look at all the smiling faces as they open and read their award letter
Office Xmas tree nicely decorated
While this gift is a once-in-a-lifetime gesture, the organization believes its symbolism is a testament to the unique environment Mark Baiada has successfully created, and to BAYADA’s commitment to its employees.
“BAYADA is a special company full of employees who are all bonded together in our deep commitment to our clients,” Baiada said. “My wish is that in 100 years, we are continuing to celebrate these incredible health care professionals and the work they do to improve the lives of our clients."
To learn more about the company’s pending move to nonprofit, visit www.bayada.com/legacy. To connect with BAYADA, call 1-888-833-5706 or go to bayada.com/contact for a live chat with a team member or to request a return call. Follow the story with #BAYADAGratitude and #ThisIsBAYADA.
Topics: Mark Baiada, BAYADA Home Health Care, Lasting Legacy