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Home health care company to lay off nearly 700 in Tampa Bay

Bayada Home Health Care will close offices in Clearwater, Brandon, Port Richey and Brooksville.
Bayada Home Health Care will close four Tampa Bay offices, eliminating 682 employees, by April, according to a notice filed last week with the state.
Bayada Home Health Care will close four Tampa Bay offices, eliminating 682 employees, by April, according to a notice filed last week with the state. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Jan. 26

A New Jersey home health care company will close four of its seven Tampa Bay offices this spring, eliminating nearly 700 local jobs.

Bayada Home Health Care, headquartered in Moorestown, N.J., with more than 350 offices, will shut down operations in Clearwater, Brandon, Port Richey and Brooksville, according to a notice filed with the state. The offices provide Medicaid care and support throughout Florida.

According to the letter, the closures will eliminate 306 jobs in Brooksville, 150 jobs in Brandon, 144 jobs in Port Richey and 79 jobs in Clearwater. Another three remote jobs in Tampa were also cut, bringing the total to 682. Ninety-six percent of those cuts were home health aides.

The letter, dated Jan. 19, did not offer a reason for the office closures, but said they would take place by April 1. In a statement, a company spokesperson blamed the “difficult decision” on “several external forces.”

“Our current Bayada clients and employees are our top priority during this transition,” the statement read. “We are working closely with our key referral partners to help ensure our clients have continued care. We’re also working closely with impacted employees as they seek new opportunities, including roles at other Bayada locations throughout the state.”

Founded in 1975, the privately held Bayada has 26,000 employees in 22 states and eight countries. After the closures, it will still have six offices in Florida, including in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sun City Center.

“We remain committed to our work in Florida and will continue to grow our presence here across our various lines of business to help our clients live at home with comfort, independence and dignity,” the company’s statement read.

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