Sharon Verreault, RN, has spent more than 10 years of her career with Maxim Healthcare Group. This year, she has been named a Regional Caregiver of the Year for Maxim’s North Region. The Caregiver of the Year Award recognizes nurses and home healthcare aides for exceptional service they provide to their patients, our clients. During her tenure with Maxim, Sharon has delivered excellent care to patients in Portland, Maine.
“Through her positive attitude, Sharon uplifts the spirits of families during traumatic experiences,” said Jacquelyn Adamo, a Clinical Manager at Maxim’s Portland office.
Alex, an 11-year-old patient under Sharon’s care, has a rare neurological syndrome called Bohring-Opitz, which results in complex medical issues including cognitive and physical developmental delays, severe cognitive and visual impairments, feeding difficulties and seizures. Due to him being at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, Sharon crafted a plan to address Alex’s protection protocol, giving the family peace of mind.
In the past year under Sharon’s care, Alex has overcome his previous diagnosis of “failure to thrive,” and is able to eat without the assistance of a feeding tube. Additionally, he is now able to maintain a supporting standing position. In total, Sharon has been working with Alex and his family for seven years.
Alex had his first grand mal seizure when he was barely five years old. At the time, his parents were out of the state, leaving Alex’s grandmother to take care of him in their absence. While this was an incredibly scary experience, Sharon and the family already had a plan in place with the guidance of Maxim’s clinical leadership team, so they immediately knew what to do and were able to get Alex to the hospital quickly. Thankfully, Alex has not had another seizure since.
“Sharon provides the best care to Alex and shows up in every imaginable way,” Jacquelyn said, regarding Sharon’s engagement and collaboration with other medical professionals on Alex’s treatment team. Sharon was devoted to making sure Alex had the best care possible.
Sharon was one of four other regional winners from hundreds of nominations across the country. Now in its 10th year, the Caregiver of the Year Award program celebrates nurses and home health care aides for delivering quality, patient-centered care to some of the nation’s most medically fragile and chronically ill patients.
The team in Portland shared that they believe: “Sharon is very deserving of the honor of Caregiver of the Year. She has worked tirelessly for Maxim Healthcare Services, providing quality, safe and effective private duty nursing care. She is truly the quintessence of professionalism we should all strive for in our work and daily lives.”
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On August 24, 2022, Sharon Verreault was named Maxim’s 2021 National Caregiver of the Year. Jarrod DePriest, Maxim’s CEO commented, “Sharon makes a difference in the lives of her patients and their families each and every day. Her dedication to providing care in the home is truly remarkable, and we are so proud she has chosen Maxim.”