Maxim Employee Gives 'Gift of Hope' To Ronald McDonald House Families
Caregiver Donates Award Winnings to Dayton, Ohio Ronald McDonald House
COLUMBIA, MD – May 23, 2012 – Families staying at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley Region, Inc. (RMHC) will receive a special gift today, the "gift of hope" through a generous donation from a Dayton, Ohio Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc. (Maxim) employee. Charles Gauder, a dedicated 30-year home health aide (HHA) and five-year employee of Maxim has chosen to give his Caregiver of the Year award to the RMHC MVR in honor of his nephew who stayed at the house as a child during his bout with cancer.
Recognized for providing exceptional care and service to his patients and also known for his giving spirit and selfless acts of kindness, Charles elected to have his $500 award donated to the RMHC to help support other families like his. Sadly, before the details of the donation were finalized, Charles passed away unexpectedly.
"Charles was a man who had the least, but always gave the most," said his sister Dianne Gauder. "His decision to donate all of his earnings to an organization that means so much to our family is a true testament of the kind of man he was."
"Charles touched so many lives during his time with Maxim and taught us all the true meaning of "service," said Rob Harris, Maxim Healthcare Services' Accounts Manager of Central Homecare. "He will be missed, but his memory at our office and in our community will live on forever."
To honor his request, Maxim Healthcare Services will present the RMHC MVR with a $500 check on behalf of Charles and his family.
"As I say to all of our families, 'I am sorry you needed our services, but I am glad we could be here for you when you needed us most,'" said Rita Cyr, RMHC's Chief Executive Officer. "It is obvious to me that Charles felt the same way. His generous gift will help ensure that when families come to our door, we are able to welcome them with open arms. Charles' legacy will live on through the families we are able to serve. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gauder family."
"Charles Gauder was a very generous man who embodied the heart of soul of what our organization is all about," said Tim Kuhn, Maxim Healthcare Services' Chief Culture Officer and Vice President. "He was a dedicated, hardworking employee who always put the needs of others before his own and we are honored to have had him be a part of our team of direct caregivers."
Since 2009, Maxim has been partnering with the local Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, Maryland (near its Headquarter's location) to host donation drives and serve dinners to help support hundreds of families throughout the year. For more information on Maxim's community involvement, please visit www.maximhealthcare.com/community.
About Maxim Healthcare Services
Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc. provides home healthcare, medical staffing, and wellness services across the U.S. Founded in 1988, Maxim is focused on delivering quality patient care and a commitment to employee development with an emphasis on customer service. Today, Maxim is an established partner in the healthcare industry and is constantly evolving to address the needs of our patients, caregivers, and clients. We regularly research new markets, expand our geographical presence, and diversify our client services to stay in the forefront of the healthcare services industry. Our focus on quality patient care and compliance is the foundation for our success. Learn more about Maxim Healthcare Services, or get more information about available Maxim Healthcare positions.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Miami Valley Region, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization. RMHC's mission is to provide a temporary home-away-from-home for families of critically ill or injured, hospitalized babies and children; and to support the efforts that improve children's health within the region. Each chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities is autonomous, with its own Board of Trustees, responsible for the governance of the organization. Ronald McDonald House Charities is not owned or operated by Dayton Children's Medical Center or McDonald's, and is responsible for its own fundraising. For more information visit www.RMHCdayton.org or follow us on Twitter (@RMHCDayton) or Facebook (@RMHC Dayton) for updates on family stories, events, most needed items, and everyday life at the House.
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