Bobi Jo Piper - 2018 North Region Caregiver of the Year

Bobi Jo Piper, LPN, has been named a Regional Caregiver of the Year by Maxim Healthcare Services, a provider of home healthcare, behavioral care, healthcare staffing, personal caregiving, and population health and wellness solutions. The Canfield, Ohio, resident is being recognized for her dedication in providing quality, personalized care to high-acuity patients for more than five years.

Piper has a passion for pediatrics and says she can relate to her patients and their families as her own daughter Willow was born 13 weeks prematurely, weighing just 1 pound, 3 ounces. Willow, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and sensory processing disorder, is now four years old and thriving thanks to her mother’s support and innovative treatments like equine therapy.

Piper’s most recent patient, a toddler with chronic lung disease, was under her care from the day he was brought home from the hospital. His mother says Piper trained her to meet many of her son’s medical needs and made her feel more comfortable caring for him. Thanks to his family’s support and Piper’s steadfast dedication, he was successfully removed from his ventilator and discharged from care in time to attend preschool. 

“Although Bobi Jo has consistently cared for a handful of patients during her tenure with Maxim, she has touched countless others with her helping hands and willingness to serve,” says Ryan Capretta, operations manager at Maxim’s Youngstown, Ohio, office. “Not only is she one of our most dependable caregivers, but she has also played an integral role in the training and development of many other caregivers. Since joining Maxim, she has educated more than 20 nurses on tracheostomy and ventilator care.” 

A panel of judges selected Piper and three other regional winners to be recognized at a special awards ceremony hosted by Maxim Healthcare Services in Orlando, Florida, on January 30. Piper’s commitment to quality patient care will be highlighted in a tribute video debuted at the ceremony. 

Now in its seventh year, the Caregiver of the Year Award program celebrates nurses and home healthcare aides for the key roles they play in delivering quality, patient-centered care to some of the nation’s most medically fragile and chronically ill patients.