BAYADA Home Health Care—which provides nearly 2,500 Boston residents with home health care by more than 1,000 local employees from 17 offices in the region—has launched the process of turning into a non-profit organization as founder Mark Baiada transitions to the role of company chairman and his son, David Baiada, becomes chief executive officer.

Mark Baiada, who celebrates his 70th birthday today, is gifting the company he established in 1975 to a newly-created non-profit in order to protect the company from sale and help to ensure that BAYADA’s mission, vision, values, and beliefs, codified as The BAYADA Way, will endure for generations to come.

“I could not think of a better birthday gift for my father than an unbreakable promise that The BAYADA Way, which he inspired and helped author, will live forever,” said David Baiada. “This is a gift Mark shares with our current and future clients and their families, who can be assured they will continue to receive high-quality care focused on comfort, independence, and dignity, and our current and future employees, whose career and calling will be nurtured and their work deeply valued. I am honored and profoundly committed to continue the mission on behalf of all those we serve.”

Locally, this transition means that Boston BAYADA employees and clients can continue to give and receive excellent care knowing that the company that means so much to them will never change. BAYADA’s multidisciplinary care professionals serve clients with a breadth of home health care services including home health, nursing, and assistive services in pediatrics, hospice, and habilitation, and specialty practices provide nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, hospice, and assistive care services to children, adults, and seniors in the comfort of their own homes.

As part of BAYADA’s “Lasting Legacy Plan,” Mark Baiada and his family made the uncharted move to put mission over money—maximizing the likelihood of the company’s sustainability for 100 years and beyond. Per the plan, David Baiada, who has worked for BAYADA since 2002, will become CEO, while Mark Baiada will become Chairman. Mark Baiada’s key area of focus will be on incrementally transitioning BAYADA into a nonprofit over the next two years.

About BAYADA:

Founded in 1975 by J. Mark Baiada, BAYADA Home Health Care provides nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, hospice, habilitation, primary care, and assistive care services to children, adults, and seniors in the comfort of their homes. Headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, BAYADA employs more than 26,000 nurses, home health aides, therapists, medical social workers, and other home health care professionals who serve their communities in 22 states from more than 335 offices including locations in Germany, India, Ireland, and South Korea. For more information, visit bayada.com.