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Bayada focuses on ‘compassion, excellence and reliability’

Following in the tradition of Bayada Home Health Care which began in the 1970’s, Bayada Pediatrics, 209 East Third St., offers pediatric nursing care to clients from infancy to 20 years of age, according to Jonah Milliken, associate director of the business’ local office.

Milliken, a native of Williamsport who had been working out of the state, was looking to move back to the area, when the position opened at the company.

“I had a good friend who worked for Bayada in Snyder County and he mentioned that they had an available position here,” Milliken shared.

“I started doing research on the company and I realized that here was this pretty large non-profit organization that’s all over the country and internationally in five different countries,” he added.

Milliken admitted that he didn’t really know too much about it, but was impressed by the company’s values.

“They really have a focus on three things–compassion, excellence and reliability. I just saw a genuine company that helps a lot of different people,” he said.

Although Milliken joined the local pediatric office earlier this year, Bayada Pediatrics has been in the area since 2011. It currently has 80 kids in Lycoming County that use their services. Those services can range from going into schools to provide nursing care to students who have special needs, to providing a home health aide.

“A lot of our staff are very involved in schools. They go to school with our clients,” he said.

He explained that many of their clients are kids who have specialized nursing needs so that they have a nurse that goes with them.

“Even though I have only been here a short time, I have so much respect and am so impressed by the caregivers who work for Bayada. I try to tell them as much as I can that truly nurses and caregivers are real-life super heroes all the time, but (especially) to work during a pandemic in this environment. It was hard to be a nurse before all of this…the nurses that we have working with us are amazing,” he said, adding “they are compassionate, excellent, reliable people.”

Bayada Pediatrics’ nurses work with a diverse group of kids in the community with different needs, such as a client who might have a disorder which makes them prone to having seizures so that they would need a nurse with them at all times.

The business currently employs 115 field employees–Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants–in addition to eight office employees.

Milliken mentioned that the company is also noted for giving back to the communities where they are located, by doing such things as sponsoring blood drives or coat drives. They have also been a familiar face at the Little League Parade.

Last week, Milliken and an associate met with representatives at Pennsylvania College of Technology and toured the facilities associated with nursing programs at the college.

“It was great. We spent a couple of hours in the morning meeting with the directors of the programs and career services office. We met with the corporate relations team to really build upon a partnership that already exists, so that nurses, whether they’re looking for a career change or someone out of high school who wants to become a nurse, I want them to know who we are and what we do,” Milliken said.

He admitted that one of the biggest issues is the lack of nurses.

“There are not enough nurses out there. One of our biggest challenges is we’re always hiring, always recruiting, because there’s always kids that need help,” he said.

“Our mission is to provide the best care to as many kids as we possibly can,” he added.

Bayada Pediatrics provides services 24 hours a day. There is always an on-call manager available to field calls.

“When you call the local Bayada number, you speak to a local Bayada employee, you don’t go through an automated message system,” Milliken said.

The telephone number for the office is 570-326-2663. More information is available on their website: www.bayada.com/offices/pa/williamsport/209-east-third-street/pediatrics.

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