NC: SHE, GAS, and RAN Offices Demonstrate Advocacy by Building Relationships and Sharing Clients’ Stories


Sen. Alexander (back left) visits BAYADA client Rusty (front left) and his nurse, Vikki (front right) with BAYADA staff Cheryl, Jillian, and Rusty’s mother (back right).

GAO can’t do it alone, and in North Carolina we are proud to have so many employees that understand the impact of sharing their voice on behalf of all our staff and clients!

SHE and GAS Host Impactful Home Visit

Last month two offices, SHE and GAS, teamed up to host a home visit with newly elected Senator Ted Alexander. Our BAYADA team of advocates, including MIM Division Director Joe Seidel, GAS Clinical Associate Cheryl Reading and GAS Client Services Manager Jillian Fernald, as well as the client’s long-time nurse Vikki, spoke passionately about our services and the challenges we face in care delivery.

The visit was a grand success! The importance of home care and the work you do every day was certainly not lost on Sen. Alexander, whose wife and daughter are both nurses: “Our goal,” he explained, “is to keep families where they belong, together and at home.” These types of interactions lay the foundation for support of our legislative asks because the decision-makers see first-hand the impact home care has on families.

RAN Builds Relationships in a Different Way


BAYADA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Senator Wiley Nickel

Last month, the RAN office hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of our new state-of-the-art simulation lab and training center. This was no regular ribbon cutting ceremony where the office invited current and prospective nurses to tour and see-in-action the simulation lab. We took the opportunity to educate lawmakers on the scope and breadth of what is possible in the home by inviting Senator Wiley Nickel to welcome the group. We also included Ed Troha, Vice President for the NC Chamber, who has four nurses in his family, to speak about the importance of the training center in job creation.

Additionally, former Senior Chairman for House Appropriations Nelson Dollar issued a proclamation to show his strong and constant support for home care. This center allows BAYADA to train nurses using real life scenarios that helps develop confidence, competence, and builds career-building skills to home health care nurse. Increasing awareness among legislators and other community leaders on the benefits of home care helps garner support as we work toward our legislative goals. 

Thank you to the many North Carolina staff and families that regularly share their voices in advocacy! To find out how you can get more involved, contact GAO Director Lee Dobson today!

BAYADA Government Affairs Office Meets with NJ Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno

Submitted by David Totaro, Chief Government Affairs Officer (GAO)

On May 25, several members of the BAYADA New Jersey Political Action Committee (PAC) met with Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno at a private residence in Manasquan, and had the opportunity to discuss important home health care issues, such as the need for increased reimbursement for our nurses and aides. In addition to me leading the discussion, BAYADA was well represented by Director of Toms River Pediatrics (TRP) Cathy Mamola, TRP Associate Allison Nulton, and Vice President of the Capital Impact Group, our public affairs firm, Paul Crupi. Our PAC allows us the opportunity to have these intimate discussions with leaders of state government who support home health care and who understand our needs. The lieutenant governor will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming June 22 ribbon cutting celebration at the new BAYADA Central Support Services campus in Pennsauken.

Photo: Dave Totaro, Lt. Governor Guadagno, Paul Crupi
Photo: Dave Totaro, Lt. Governor Guadagno, Paul Crupi