Living the American Dream: BAYADA Helm Passes from Father to Son

Submitted by Conner Sheets, Intern, Government Affairs (GAO)

The idea of a parent who builds up a successful business for their children is one that has been idealized in the US. Few events can fill someone’s heart with pride like seeing something they have dedicated a large portion of their life to building being taken over by someone they have dedicated a large portion of their life to raising. For Mark Baiada, this American Dream became a reality. On his 70th birthday, Mark stepped down as CEO of BAYADA Home Health Care and his son, David Baiada, assumed the position.  Mark will take a position as Chairman of the Board, making himself available for any advice or support that David might need. During his time as CEO, Mark built BAYADA to be recognized as the gold standard of home health care, providing quality care in the home to hundreds of thousands with three key values: compassion, excellence, and reliability. David now takes the wheel and continues to move towards his father’s vision of serving millions of individuals around the globe. It is certain that the principles and values which set BAYADA apart under Mark’s leadership will continue under David’s.

I have had the good fortune to meet Mark and David a couple of times in my brief stay at BAYADA. Though these meetings were brief, two things that were obvious in both men were their compassion and their genuine love for the people around them. I feel quite confident in predicting that we can expect great things from David as he builds off the strong foundation laid by his father.

GAO Makes Progress on Rate Increase During Meeting with Senator Scott Wagner

Submitted by Laura Ness, Director, PA Government Affairs (GAO)

On April 6th BAYADA Leaders, including Practice President David Baiada, Chief Government Affairs Officer Dave Totaro, Assistive Care State Programs (ACSP) Practice Leader Eric Thul, Crocus Division Director Kevin Kuzmick, PCA Director Donna Russell-Kane, and I  met with Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate Scott Wagner.  This meeting was a result of a previous meeting that Dave Totaro and I had with Senator Wagner introducing the need to increase the personal assistant services (PAS) rate under the Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) by an average of 10%.

The meeting took place in the BAYADA PCA office. We discussed the ACSP business, its challenges and advantages, as well as the wage issues associated with the program.  Senator Wagner also heard first-hand about what it’s like to be a home health aide from PA Department of Aging’s Direct Care Worker of the Year, BAYADA aide Anne Pannone. 

The conversation was productive, and Senator Wagner understands the value of home care and the cost savings it can provide to the Commonwealth. He has agreed to help us in our legislative priority of increasing the PAS rates and would also like to spend a day in the field with Anne to see the work first-hand.

We look forward to continuing to work with Senator Wagner.