Bayada to co-create new home health and hospice care service company in Virginia

Moorestown-based Bayada Home Health Care, the largest not-for-profit home health care provider in the country, announced it is entering into a new collaboration with VCU Health System, forming a company for in-home health and hospice care in the Richmond, Virginia, metropolitan area.

The new company, which will be called “VCU Health at Home by Bayada,” is expected to start accepting patients within the next six to nine months.

The announcement is just the latest for Bayada Home Health Care, which has successful home health care partnerships with a new number of New Jersey-based health systems, including Cape Regional, Inspira and Bayhealth, as well as in other areas of Bayada’s national footprint, such as South Carolina, Florida and, now, Virginia.

Bayada CEO David Baiada said the organization continuously seeks mission-aligned hospital and health system partners throughout the greater Philadelphia metro area, as well as in other national markets that it serves.

“We are thrilled to partner with a mission-aligned health care leader like VCU Health as we both drive toward a future where the home is at the center of health care,” he said. “With Bayada’s 45 years of expertise delivering quality care to clients in their homes and this new relationship, we can increase access to care for a significantly growing number of seniors who want and deserve to age in place with comfort and dignity. Together with VCU Health, we will continue to transform the patient experience through compassion, excellence and reliability.”

The launch of “VCU Health at Home by Bayada” marks Bayada’s expansion into the Richmond market, where it also offers personal care services for seniors, for home health and hospice services. The company serves communities in 22 states from 347 locations across the country. Post-acute care partners like Bayada can supplement hospital resources, reduce hospital readmission rates by monitoring at-home care delivery and improve patient outcomes.

VCU Health includes an academic medical center with a Level I trauma center and an NCI-designated cancer center.

VCU Health System CEO Dr. Art Kellermann said the new company falls in line with the system’s vision.

“Our mission is to provide the highest quality care to all Virginians,” he said. “This mission extends beyond our hospital walls into the communities and homes of the people we serve.

“We are partnering with a national expert to set a new quality standard for home health and hospice care in Virginia. VCU Health at Home by Bayada gives our patients and their loved ones peace of mind that they will receive the best of what academic health care has to offer in post-acute and palliative care in their familiar environment.”