Speaker Summaries from NAHC’s Annual Meeting and Exposition
October 23, 2014 11:32 AM
NAHC’s Annual Meeting and Exposition got underway earlier this week. The General Sessions included speakers that educated, inspired and informed attendees. Below are summaries for the presentations of the General Session speakers.
Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords
The first General Session was kicked off by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. Kelly spoke about the couple’s love story, sharing how he and Gabby met, and giving attendees a glimpse of their lives together. He spoke about his wife’s gunshot injury and explained that throughout the healing process and despite all of her challenges, Gabby always focuses on the positive. Kelly also shared his insights on leadership, communication and teamwork, highlighting the lessons learned through his experiences both as a navy fighter pilot and astronaut. Following his remarks, Kelly invited Gabby Giffords on stage. She told the audience that she is getting better and thanked them for having her.
“At a time in home care and hospice when it feels like we’re being kicked around,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, “hearing about the obstacles Congresswoman Giffords was able to surmount with the help of her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly was a lesson for all of us. No two human beings better represent the victory of the American spirit.”
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)
NAHC was pleased to welcome Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) to the Opening Session. Wyden is the chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee that has jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid. He is a well-respected Senator who not only has a reputation as being a home care and hospice advocate, but also for his commitment to bipartisanship and getting things done.
Senator Wyden explained that both parties will need to work together on national health care, and said he has confidence the national healthcare act will not be repealed because of the pressing need for chronic disease management. Chronic disease affects 10% of the American population and represents a whopping 83% of all healthcare costs. Senator Wyden fired up the crowd with his passionate commitment to solving the chronic care problem. Wyden is a strong advocate of home care and hospice, and is committed to making an impact on Medicare and Medicaid as well as other issues affecting the home care and hospice community.
Ric Edelman, Chairman and CEO of Edelman Financial, announced that Edelman Financial Services will provide financial education, financial planning, and investment management services to NAHC’s 33,000 home care and hospice agencies and members.
“I am very pleased to announce our alliance with Edelman Financial Services,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “This partnership provides a great service to our nurses and will be a great long-term relationship with the community.” Edelman said he was very excited to be NAHC’s partner and that his organization is honored to provide financial education and advice to home care and hospice agencies and members. Edelman Financial Services has supported nurses for many years and is committed to helping nurses obtain financial security.
NAHC’s partnership with Edelman Financial Services was announced in a previous issue of NAHC Report, which can be found here.