Oxnard-based nurse Tina Araya receives prestigious honor for life-enriching care of patients.


COLUMBIA, Maryland–  Maxim Healthcare Services (Maxim), a national provider of continuous skilled nursing services and personal and behavioral care, announced today that Tina Araya, LVN has been named a Regional Caregiver of the Year. This honorable recognition is part of Maxim’s Caregiver of the Year Award program, which celebrates nurses, home healthcare aides, and behavioral direct care workers for their impactful contributions to the home healthcare community.

“Our caregivers play a vital role in providing compassionate, holistic care to our patients,” said Maxim’s Chief Executive Officer, Jarrod DePriest. “We care for some of the nation’s most medically fragile patients including those who require behavioral and community support. We are so grateful for Tina’s dedication and the difference she makes every day in the lives of her patients and their families.”

Araya was selected from hundreds of nominations across the country for the life-enriching care she provides for her patients. For more than a decade, Araya has worked as a nurse, spending the last two years with Maxim. She currently cares for a patient with ALS, who is ventilator dependent. Araya is described by her colleagues and patients’ families as a positive, highly-dependable and caring person. “Tina really bonds with her patients,” said Kacie Timmons, RN, Clinical Manager for Maxim. “Likewise she provides her patients’ families with emotional support.”

While Araya is known for being highly dependable, picking up extra shifts when needed and training incoming nurses, she is also known for the connections she forms with her patients and their families. Recently, Araya provided care to her patient at her patient’s son’s wedding so he could see his son and new daughter in law walk down the aisle.

“Tina is immensely skilled and she trains our new nurses coming in because she’s everything a home healthcare nurse should be,” said Oscar Valles, Operations Manager in Oxnard who nominated Araya. “We can always count on her to deliver quality, comprehensive care.”

Outside of her work and her patients, Araya is also the sole caregiver to her five-year-old grandson. After losing her own son and becoming a guardian, Araya felt compelled to get back into home healthcare so she could make a difference for people in need. “Because I have suffered loss in my own life, I felt that the best thing I could do was take care of others,” said Araya.

Araya will be presented with the award during a special ceremony on April 17, 2024 in Florida. She is also a candidate for Maxim’s John “Doc” Langley National Caregiver of the Year Award, which will be announced that same evening.


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