Maine Nurse Receives Prestigious Honor for Care of High-Acuity Patient
COLUMBIA, Maryland (August 25, 2022) – Sharon Verreault, RN, has been named National Caregiver of the Year by Maxim Healthcare Services, a provider of home health care, companion care and behavioral services. Verreault, a nurse in Maxim’s Portland, Maine, office, was presented with the John “Doc” Langley National Caregiver of the Year award alongside colleagues and the Maxim leadership team during a ceremony in Orlando, Florida, August 24.
“Sharon makes a difference in the lives of her patients and their families each and every day,” said Jarrod DePriest, Maxim’s chief executive officer. “Her dedication to providing care in the home is truly remarkable, and we are so proud she has chosen Maxim.”
Verreault was recognized for the care she provides Alex, an 11-year-old with Bohring-Optiz, a rare neurological syndrome resulting in developmental delays, severe cognitive and visual impairments, seizures, and other complex medical issues. When he was younger, Alex visited the hospital every three months due to his respiratory illness; however, under Verreault’s care, he has only been admitted to the hospital on two occasions. When Alex suffered a grand mal seizure – his first in nearly five years – Verreault monitored him until the ambulance arrived, creating a sense of calm for him and his family.
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Verreault collaborates with other medical professionals on Alex’s treatment team to deliver quality care. Alex’s mother contends that upon meeting with other doctors they say Verreault is the best nurse they’ve ever encountered. She has worked with Maxim for 13 years and has been a mentor to many new nurses in home care pediatrics.
“I have to thank my office in Portland, Maine. We are a team, and this is ours,” Verreault said, upon receiving the award. She also thanks the families “that are brave enough to let us come into the house and take care of their children. That is huge. Thank you for all you do so that it makes our work that much easier.”
Maxim’s Caregiver of the Year Award program was established in 2011 to recognize Maxim caregivers and aides who embody our values and demonstrate excellence. The program rewards them for the quality patient-centered care and service they provide to many of the nation’s most medically fragile and chronically ill patients.
About Maxim Healthcare Services
Maxim Healthcare Services provides home health care, companion and behavioral care and is dedicated to serving communities across the country with compassionate care and clinical excellence. For more information, visit www.maximhealthcare.com.