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BAYADA founder splits $20 million among employees

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Chelsie McHenry, Brenda McLaughlin, Chasity Mincer and Megan Bellinger show off the gift cards they received.

LOCK HAVEN – On Nov. 21, BAYADA Home Health Care founder Mark Baiada delivered life changing news to his thousands of employees.

BAYADA is currently transitioning into a nonprofit in 2019 and Baiada wanted to thank his employees for everything they do.

“As I work to transition BAYADA into a nonprofit and take the next step in the evolution of our company, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on what has gotten us to this point, and what I am particularly thankful for, which is our dedicated team of home health professionals,” he said during a lunch with 100 employees at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia. “This gift is a token of my appreciation, in hopes that it helps every BAYADA employee to understand just how important they are to BAYADA and to our Lasting Legacy vision of being the world’s most compassionate and trusted team of home health care professionals.”

It was at this lunch that Baiada announced he would be gifting each of his employees a percentage of $20 million.

On Thursday night a large portion of BAYADA’s Clinton County employees, both office and field agents, gathered at their office at 1 Outlet Ln., Lock Haven to enjoy a Christmas party as well as learn what Baiada gifted them.

BAYADA employees excitedly receive their envelopes that would tell them what percentage of $20 million they would earn.

“It’s wonderful … I’ve been crying ever since,” Michelle Anderson, a CNA who’s been employed with BAYADA for a year, said with tears in her eyes.

Anderson has been a CNA for 20 years and said she never felt quite as cared for as she has while working for BAYADA.

“I’ve never felt this kind of acceptance,” she said.

“I think it’s fabulous … you don’t see this anymore,” Coreen Killinger, who’s spent 14 years with BAYADA, said.

“I think it’s absolutely wonderful,” Tina Gallo agreed.

BAYADA field agents Sandi Miller, left, and Lana Schneider, right, reminisced with BAYADA Director William Winder during Thursday night’s event.

Gallo and Killinger actually became friends thanks to their work through BAYADA when Gallo began working with the company five years ago.

They now spend a lot of time together outside of work including going Black Friday shopping together.

“It’s tradition,” Gallo said.

During the party BAYADA Director William Winder made the event leading up to the big reveal full of fun.

Winder gave each employee three different envelopes.

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Lisa Russell, Nicole Whipple, Deena Tameris and Ashley Route show off the first of three envelopes they’d receive Thursday night.

He began by first handing out red envelopes with gift cards to various businesses such as iTunes, Walmart or Amazon.

Before they opened them however, he had them form a circle. The employees had to pass the envelope in their hands to their left or to their right while he read them a Christmas themed story.

The second envelope contained a number of paid vacation days from BAYADA’s Lock Haven office.

The number of days each employee received depended on how many hours they worked throughout the year, Winder said.

Afterwards, Winder asked everyone to join him in the conference room so he could replay the moment Baiada announced he’d be gifting his employees bonuses.

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Tina Gallo and Coreen Miller are thankful for both Mark Baiada’s kind gift and their friendship that began five years ago when Gallo first began working at BAYADA.

Winder explained he and other office employees had been sitting in that very room on Nov. 21 when they first heard the news.

None of them could believe the news, he said.

“Maintaining a truly impactful and lasting legacy for BAYADA starts with our great people, who embody our core values and contribute to and maintain our unique mission-driven culture,” Baiada said in the video. “I am honored to be able to pass on my gift of gratitude to these deserving employees and am excited for what the future holds for all of us with the nonprofit transition.”

After the video, Winder began handing out envelopes which would list the amount each employee would receive.

Many tears of joy were shed and hugs were plentiful as each employee opened their letter. All of them still a little shocked it was actually happening.

Sandi Miller and Lana Schneider hugged each other, happy tears in their eyes, clearly grateful for the founder of BAYADA.

“I love BAYADA,” Sandi said.

“It’s like a big family,” Lana said.

Both women have been employed by BAYADA for years and were more than happy to tell stories of the children they care for, clearly proud of them.

It was a night filled with laughter, joy and a lot of appreciation for a kind hearted founder and his gift of gratitude.

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