Barbara Buttchen has been named National Caregiver of the Year by Maxim Healthcare Services (Maxim), a national provider of home healthcare, personal and behavioral care. Buttchen, a nurse in Maxim’s Madison, Wisconsin office was presented with the John “Doc” Langley National Caregiver of the Year award alongside colleagues and fellow nominees during a ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland on September 19.
“Barbara makes such a difference in the lives of her patients and their families every day,”
said Maxim’s Chief Executive Officer, Jarrod DePriest.
We deeply admire Barbara’s dedication to providing quality compassionate in-home care and we are thrilled to present her with this much-deserved recognition.
[Source – Business Wire]
Selected by a panel of judges for her impactful contributions to the home healthcare community, Buttchen has worked as a nurse for more than 50 years. Described by her colleagues as one of the most selfless, caring, kind, and hard-working individuals, Buttchen prioritizes others’ well-being more than her own. She currently lives with lymphoma but keeps a positive attitude and is always looking for ways to serve others. She extends caregiving to her personal life with activities such as delivering Meals on Wheels to individuals in need, providing care to a friend that has Alzheimer's, and also lending her expertise to a friend’s husband that is wheelchair bound while they travel, so that the vacation can be safe and enjoyable.
During the ceremony Barbara shared, “I wanted to be like Florence Nightingale. That’s how I want to be known and live my life. Before I lay my head down on the pillow, I want to make rounds one more time, with the lantern, to see if there’s someone that needs my care. Thank you so much for this honor.”
Maxim’s Caregiver of the Year Award Program, which is celebrated annually, recognizes the nurses, home healthcare aides and behavioral direct care workers who all play a vital role in providing compassionate, holistic care for patients who are both medically fragile and who require behavioral and community support. Learn more about Buttchen’s story, here.
In addition to honoring Buttchen, Maxim also celebrates another significant milestone this year – providing 35 years of compassionate, holistic home healthcare for patients. DePriest, who has been with Maxim since 1998 and first started with the company as a healthcare recruiter, lauds the Maxim team for this accomplishment.
“The healthcare industry has continued to rapidly grow and evolve, and likewise so has Maxim,” said DePriest. “As a mission-driven company, we are passionate about our work and improving the lives of our patients, their families and the communities we serve nationwide. I want to thank our exceptional team for their commitment and service, and to our patients and their families that have welcomed us into their homes.”