Our 2017 Heroes on the Home Front

About the program

Launched in the third quarter of 1999 and inspired by our Heroes on the Home Front television campaign, the BAYADA Hero Program is one of many programs devoted to recognizing and rewarding those employees who maintain the highest standards of safety and care in home health services.

The program was established to recognize our home health care professionals who consistently demonstrate the core values of The BAYADA Way. Their work epitomizes our mission of helping people have a safe home life with comfort, independence, and dignity by providing the highest quality home health care services available.

We are proud to honor our 2017 Heroes of the Year:

PT Sarah Kelly, Denver North, CO Home Health (DNV)

Sarah believes that care extends far beyond her time with her clients. A skilled and knowledgeable therapist, she is also a fierce ally. Sarah doesn’t encounter problems— she sees solutions. She displays an almost supernatural perseverance, tirelessly paring tough situations down to the core to discover a resolution. If Sarah is in your corner, she won’t give up, she won’t stop pushing—not until you’re comfortable, safe, and thriving.

HHA Olivianne “Anne” Pannone, PCA-West (PW) assistive care state programs

Anne gives each client her full attention, dedication, diligence, and—most importantly—love. She provides care with selflessness, grace, and a willingness to do anything to bring her clients joy. Whether that entails singing duets or walking six miles through a blizzard to ensure they receive care, Anne views each task with the same weight. In her mind, all of these things are necessary to ensure her clients live lives not only of ease, but of happiness.

RN Rachel Gotshall, Mt Laurel, NJ Pediatrics (MLP)

When Rachel provides care, she cares for the whole person, not just their medical needs. She understands that physical well-being is directly linked to emotional and mental wellness, and builds strong bonds with her clients and their families. From learning a client’s favorite cartoon characters and toys, to playing silly games, one of Rachel’s daily goals is to make her clients laugh and smile. Her observant, proactive nature not only helps her build trust and friendship with her clients, it has also helped her save their lives.

LPN Catherine Madieros, Rock Hill, SC (ROC) pediatrics

Cathy provides each client with a safe, loving, stimulating environment where they can achieve success and live the best life possible. When they succeed, she celebrates as enthusiastically as the clients’ family. Cathy doesn’t just care about her clients—she understands them on a deeply emotional level. Combining her nursing skills with this innate understanding, Cathy inspires her clients to want to make progress. When Cathy enters a client’s home, both client and family light up as if she is one of their own.