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In the various roles he has undertaken through the years, Val J. Halamandaris has been a singular driving force behind the policy and program initiatives resulting in the recognition of home health care as a viable alternative to institutionalization. His dedication to consumer advocacy, which enhances the quality of life and dignity of those receiving home health care, merits VNA HealthCare Group’s highest recognition and deepest respect. 

VNA HealthCare Group

I have the highest respect for them, especially for the nurses, aides and therapists, who devote their lives to caring for people with disabilities, the infirm and dying Americans.  There are few more noble professions.

President Barack Obama

Home health care agencies do such a wonderful job in this country helping people to be able to remain at home and allowing them to receive services

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Chair, Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

Home care is a combination of compassion and efficiency.  It is less expensive than institutional care...but at the same time it is a more caring, human, intimate experience, and therefore it has a greater human’s a big mistake not to try to maximize it and find ways to give people the home care option over either nursing homes, hospitals or other institutions

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-GA)

Medicaid covers long-term care, but only for low-income families.  And Medicare only pays for care that is connected to a hospital discharge....our health care system must cover these vital services...[and] we should promote home-based care, which most people prefer, instead of the institutional care that we emphasize now.

Former U.S. Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-CD)

We need incentives to...keep people in home health care settings...It’s dramatically less expensive than long term care.

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)


Home care is clearly the wave of the future. It’s clearly where patients want to be cared for. I come from an ethnic family and when a member of our family is severely ill, we would never consider taking them to get institutional care. That’s true of many families for both cultural and financial reasons. If patients have a choice of where they want to be cared for, where it’s done the right way, they choose home.

Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services

A couple of years ago, I spent a little bit of time with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and its president, Val J. Halamandaris, and I was just blown away. What impressed me so much was that they talked about what they do as opposed to just the strategies of how to deal with Washington or Sacramento or Albany or whatever the case may be. Val is a fanatic about care, and it comes through in every way known to mankind. It comes through in the speakers he invites to their events; it comes through in all the stuff he shares.

Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

Val’s home care organization brings thousands of caregivers together into a dynamic organization that provides them with valuable resources and tools to be even better in their important work. He helps them build self-esteem, which leads to self-motivation.

Mike Vance, former Dean of Disney and author of Think Out of the Box

Val is one of the greatest advocates for seniors in America. He goes beyond the call of duty every time.

Arthur S. Flemming, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

Val has brought the problems, the challenges, and the opportunities out in the open for everyone to look at. He is a visionary pointing the direction for us. 

Margaret (Peg) Cushman, Professor of Nursing and former President of the Visiting Nurses Association

Although Val has chosen to stay in the background, he deserves much of the credit for what was accomplished both at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, where he was closely associated with me and at the House Select Committee on Aging, where he was Congressman Claude Pepper’s senior counsel and closest advisor. He put together more hearings on the subject of aging, wrote more reports, drafted more bills, and had more influence on the direction of events than anyone before him or since.

Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Val’s most important contribution is pulling together all elements of home health care and being able to organize and energize the people involved in the industry.

Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Anyone working on health care issues in Congress knows the name Val J. Halamandaris.

Kathleen Gardner Cravedi, former Staff Director of the House Select Committee on Aging

Without your untiring support and active participation, the voices of people advocating meaningful and compassionate health care reform may not have been heard by national leaders.

Michael Sullivan, Former Executive Director, Indiana Association for Home Care

All of us have been members of many organizations and NAHC is simply the best there is. NAHC aspires to excellence in every respect; its staff has been repeatedly honored as the best in Washington; the organization lives by the highest values and has demonstrated a passionate interest in the well-being of patients and providers.

Elaine Stephens, Director of Home Care of Steward Home Care/Steward Health Systems and former NAHC C

Home care increasingly is one of the basic building blocks in the developing system of long-term care.  On both economic and recuperative bases, home health care will continue to grow as an essential service for individuals, for families and for the community as a whole.

Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

NCOA is excited to be part of this great event and honored to have such influential award winners in the field of aging.

National Council of Aging

Health care at home…is something we need more of, not less of.  Let us make a commitment to preventive and long-term care.  Let us encourage home care as an alternative to nursing homes and give folks a little help to have their parents there.

Former President Bill Clinton

National Association for Home Care & Hospice Announces Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame Inductees and Nurse of the Year

October 31, 2013 10:09 AM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has the pleasure of honoring those who have dedicated their lives to the care and service of others. The Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame began two years ago when its inductees were honored at NAHC’s largest meeting of the year. This is also NAHC’s second year honoring a Nurse of the Year, the winner of a national vote on nurses from every state.

NAHC’s Nurse of the Year, along with its new Hall of Famers, will be at the 2013 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC, Thursday, October 31 to Sunday, November 3. Attendees will have a chance to meet them and get the tools they need to compete and make their agencies the most successful they can be.

They will also get role models as they learn more about this year’s honorees. The 2013 Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame inductees are Judith Bellome, Lawrence, KS; Honorable Max Cleland, Arlington, VA; Cathy Frasca, Sewickey, PA; Lori and Paul Hogan, Omaha, NE; Carol Raphael, New York, NY; and, Christopher Reeve, who was a super hero for the paralyzed and mobility impaired.

The 2013 NAHC Nurse of the Year award will be presented on Thursday, October 31 at the 3:30 p.m. General Session to Dea Kuiper from VNA Homecare in Syracuse, New York.

“A nation is what it honors, and it is time we celebrated the silent band of heroes who give their all to care for America's sick and dying as if they were extended family,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “These honorees have distinguished themselves by fighting on behalf of the aged, ill, and disabled. They have strived to ensure that every person, no matter their age, income, or health, has the right to enjoy the freedoms reserved for all Americans in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. This includes the right to receive care in their homes and to die there with dignity.”

Some of the past winners of the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame are: Mother Teresa, President  William  J. Clinton, Sen. Frank E. Moss (D-UT), Sen. Claude Pepper (D-FL), Lillian D. Wald, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) , Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Sen. Robert J. Dole (R-KS), Hon. Rosalynn Carter, Dame Cicely  Saunders, and Mike Vance. 

NAHC members are encouraged to send in their nominations for 2014 Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame nominees to

Confirmed speakers include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for Friday, November 1, 2013. "We are thrilled to have both Senators Reid and McConnell join us in Washington, DC for our annual meeting," said Halamandaris. “We are also pleased to have Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) join us on Sunday morning, November 3.”

Other speakers include Tom Rath, ‎bestselling author who willdiscuss his  thought-provoking book “Eat Move Sleep;” and Chip R. Bell, acclaimed author and customer loyalty expert; along with additional keynote speakers who will be finalized soon.









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