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BAYADA Awards and Speaker Series

Since 1975, Mark Baiada HD `14 has been living the mission of the company he founded. BAYADA Home Health Care vows to help people have safe home lives with comfort, independence and dignity. Because of their dedication and a set of guiding principles, the company has grown significantly, but at the heart of their organization are the competent health professionals who serve thousands of clients and their families at some of the toughest times of their lives. These committed professionals build relationships with those they assist by getting to know them and bringing compassionate care when working with their clients.

The College of Nursing and Health Professions delivers an exceptional education to nursing and health professions students and trains them to be compassionate, well-skilled and engaged caregivers. It is not surprising that a partnership between BAYADA and CNHP has blossomed over the last 13 years. In 2004, because of the support of Baiada and his wife Ann Baiada HD `14—herself a registered nurse—the BAYADA Awards were established to distinguish nurses for their ideas enhancing technological innovation in nursing education and practice. More than 30 people from across the country have been recognized for their technological contributions to the care of patients and education of students who will be by their bedsides. As the services BAYADA offered grew to include other health professions, proposals from all healthcare professionals began to be considered for one of these awards—BAYADA Award for Innovation in Health Care Practice and BAYADA Award for Innovation in Health Care Education.

A natural offshoot of these awards is the BAYADA Home Health Care Speaker Series which launched in 2015. With a goal of promoting intellectual stimulation and enhancing the quality of student life and faculty and staff development, the lectures highlight the efforts of CNHP faculty research and cover a variety of topics, trends and innovations. BAYADA’s support of the Speakers Series has allowed us to present discussions covering everything from youth suicide to gaming technology for physically disabled children.