Two generations working together to make local healthcare the best it possibly can be.
When you or a loved one are facing one of the most vulnerable times in life and have difficulty tending to daily tasks, you will want professionals with decades of experience on your side. Darlyn Baker and her son, Bryon, run Interim HealthCare, which focuses primarily on personal care, staffing, and senior placement. Having worked in the health field for over 50 years—over 35 being here in town—you can be certain you’re in the best of hands.
“I began working at Mercy Hospital in the fall of 1978 when we moved here from New Jersey,” Darlyn said. “I then received a junior college teaching credential from UCLA extension at BC in 1981.” Afterward, she worked both at Mercy and taught part time in BC’s LVN program until 1990. But that wasn’t all that this hard working woman did. She also was a nurse volunteer for the Special Olympics and worked in juvenile hall in the summer of 1993. In the fall of that year, like the turning of the leaves, her life changed, as the planning of Interim HealthCare began to take shape.
“With technological advances in medical procedures, loved ones were becoming caregivers in their homes,” she explained. After 27 years working in a hospital setting, Darlyn felt a need to redirect her career’s path and assist these families. With the help of her late husband, Chuck, who received his MBA in finance from Rutgers and acted as the president and CEO, Interim HealthCare was born.
Over the years, other members of the Baker family have stepped up to assist in the running of her business. “When our son, Bryon, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1996, he and his wife returned to Bakersfield from Hanover, New Hampshire, at which time he began working full time in our business,” Darlyn proudly stated. “Today he guides our company as CEO, accepting the responsibility after Chuck passed away in 2015. Bryon skillfully embraces ever-changing healthcare business challenges as we provide excellent quality services to our clients.”
Together, as a family, the Bakers have worked to bring the best to healthcare, instilling a variety of programs in order to better serve the needs of our community. A notable achievement is the establishing of Darlyn’s Darlings in 2003: a unique type of daycare, specifically for medically fragile children and helped to address a shortage of one on one care from nurses in private homes. They also consolidated with Caring Corner, another similar daycare, and expanded in 2009. Additionally, in 2011 they implemented their Bakersfield Senior Placement program to help direct families when finding care for their parents.
To say that the Bakers have done their fair share to help some of the neediest people in our midst is an understatement. (They weren’t recipients of the Beautiful Bakersfield Award for their Retire to Hire Program for nothing!) The best part, though, is that with several generations working together to make local healthcare the greatest it can possibly be, our community can look forward to years of happy, safe children and adults who need it the most.
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