By Terry Rogers
Ericka Taylor Daniel moved to Milford from Pennsylvania more than 19 years ago, starting her career at Bayhealth as a registered nurse. She returned to school to complete her Nurse Practitioner degree, graduating in 2015.
“After I received my degree, I went to work at the prison,” Daniel said. “I managed to break out of prison and took a job at LaRed Health Center where I work as a Family Nurse Practitioner, helping patients that are 12 and over with medical issues. I also focus on addiction, and Hepatitis C treatment.”
Daniel has learned that much of family care today is related to mental health which is why she has returned to school for an additional Psychiatric Mental Health certificate. She already holds a certificate in the treatment of Hepatitis C.
“In the past, it has been difficult for people with Hepatitis C to get treatment in this area,” Daniel said. “I really want them to know that they don’t have to suffer with their illness. Many times, people with the illness don’t get treatment because they aren’t aware it exists. At LaRed, we do offer help for someone with that diagnosis.”
Daniel enjoys seeing someone get better when they did not think it was possible, especially when it comes to someone dealing with addiction.
The biggest challenge Daniels faces is when a patient speaks a different language. She says that although LaRed does an excellent job of providing interpreters for almost any language, when she has to refer a patient to another facility, she is frustrated when the language barrier prevents the patient from getting the care they need.
Daniels has returned to school for her additional certification which does not allow her much time for hobbies. However, when she does have the time, she likes to paint old furniture, stating that she has completed some “trash to treasure” items. For those who are considering a career as a nurse practitioner, Daniel says that it is one of the most flexible positions in the medical field.
“You can choose to focus on one area of practice or, if you can’t choose one, you can handle multiple types of health service,” Daniels said. “Every day is completely different so work never gets boring.”
La Red Health Center is in the process of moving to the new Milford Wellness Village, which is set to open this summer at the former site of Bayhealth Hospital. The move will expand La Red Health Center’s existing 6,524 square foot Milford family practice site to a 9,960 square foot site.
La Red Health Center,a federal qualified health center serving all of Sussex County, provides primary health care and preventive services, oral healthcare and behavioral health service throughout Delaware for individuals of all ages, along with a variety of social services. La Red Health Center accepts Medicare and Medicaid as well as most local employer sponsored commercial insurance plans. The Milford location will offer a sliding scale fee structure, based on a patient or client’s ability to pay. Staff is bilingual in English and Spanish. Translation and transportation services are also available.
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