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2021 Heroes of the Year

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.

Watch: Kellie Tysor | BAYADA OT Hero of the Year 2021

Kellie Tysor | BAYADA OT Hero of the Year 2021

BAYADA Occupational Therapist (OT) Kellie Tysor is highly skilled at helping residents in long-term care and assisted living communities stay as independent as they can, for as long as they can. But that does not begin to scratch the surface. She will do anything for the seniors she serves, and when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Kellie was the first to jump in and literally change lives.

“That’s Kellie in a nutshell. If something needs to be done, Kellie’s going to do it.” Angela Caniglia, BAYADA Clinical Manager

Watch: Corkisha “Kisha” Pittman | BAYADA LPN Hero of the Year 2021

Corkisha “Kisha” Pittman | BAYADA LPN Hero of the Year 2021

From expert clinical skills to some pretty fierce dance moves, Corkisha “Kisha” Pittman brightened the lives of her young client, Owen, and his family for more than five years. She was a ray of sunshine, a saving grace, and a trusted ally in caring for Owen, giving his parents the most precious gift: peace of mind.

Kisha was selected as BAYADA LPN Hero of the Year for her special combination of take-charge, can-do attitude along with a warm, humble demeanor that make her the kind of nurse every family would want to have for their loved one.

“You know when she’s working you don’t have to worry about anything, which is a comfort for me.” Kisha’s client’s father.

Watch: Rey Delos Reyes | BAYADA RN Hero of the Year 2021


Rey Delos Reyes | BAYADA RN Hero of the Year 2021

If there were only one word to describe Rey, it would have to be persistence. Rey patiently waited eight long years for his visa to move his family from the Philippines to the United States and become a BAYADA Nurse. His clients benefit from his ‘never give up’ attitude, as he provides skillful, ongoing care until they fully recover from complex wounds or other medical issues. Rey is as kind as he is determined, forging warm relationships with clients and families who have come to rely and on and appreciate his attentive and excellent care.

“Rey really builds those special bonds with clients. In the short timeframe he works with them, so many people remember what he did for them.” BAYADA Director, Bill Sepich

Watch: Shellie Horan | BAYADA Hab Tech Hero of the Year 2021

Shellie Horan | BAYADA Hab Tech Hero of the Year 2021

Helping adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities enjoy meaningful lives is not only a passion for BAYADA Habilitation Technician (Hab Tech) Shellie Horan, it is her exceptional gift. By engaging her client, Kristen, in the joys of daily life—with compassion, patience, and respect—Shellie is bringing out her best and opening up a whole new world of possibilities for the whole family.

“I have met countless individuals over my sister’s lifetime. Shellie is, without exaggeration, the best person who has ever worked with my sister.” JJ, brother of BAYADA client Kristen