David Garcia - 2018 West Region Caregiver of the Year

David Garcia, LVN, 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 Carson, California, resident is being recognized for his dedicated care of medically fragile patients over the past 11 years. 

Garcia’s current patient, Jimmy, is a young man with cerebral palsy. Due to his condition, he is non-verbal, bed-bound and lacks mobility in both his upper and lower extremities. When Jimmy’s mother, Cerelina, learned her son would need in-home care, she requested a female, Spanish-speaking caregiver. Maxim immediately provided Garcia as a temporary option until a candidate meeting her specifications could be found. Despite their language barrier, Cerelina noticed Garcia’s profound dedication and meticulous care for her son and ultimately requested he continue to care for Jimmy.

In 2016, Garcia’s skills were put to the test when he realized Jimmy was struggling to breathe. Garcia jumped into action, raising his oxygen levels and verifying the ventilator settings. As Jimmy changed color and grew more agitated, Garcia located a blockage in his trach that, without intervention, could have suffocated Jimmy. Cerelina contends Jimmy would not be here today without Garcia. With his support, Jimmy is now off the ventilator and breathes on his own. 

“David’s care has helped the young man to hit developmental milestones his mother and doctors never thought possible. He is a friend, mentor and bright spot in Jimmy’s life,” said Jason Nuccio, business development manager at Maxim.

A panel of judges selected Garcia and three other regional winners to be recognized at a special awards ceremony hosted by Maxim Healthcare Services in Orlando, Florida, on January 30. Garcia’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.