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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

NAHC Ebola Task Force Chair Named to Ebola Recognition Wall

Top Professional Association for Infection Preventionists Honors NAHC Ebola Task Force Chair Barbara Citarella for “Above and Beyond” Efforts in Fight against Ebola
April 14, 2015 08:31 AM

Following Time Magazine’s selection of “The Ebola Fighters” for Person of the Year 2014, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has established an Ebola Recognition Wall in order to recognize outstanding contributions and expertise in the fight against Ebola.  APIC—the leading professional association representing infection preventionists (IPs)—has named to its Ebola Recognition Wall Barbara Citarella, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) Chair of the Ebola Task Force.

“Ebola fighters are indeed worthy of this acknowledgement and we are proud to recognize our members who have joined the effort,” APIC stated on its website.  “We thank all IPs for their ongoing efforts.  Here we recognize the IPs who have gone ‘above and beyond,’ volunteering their time and expertise to help control the spread of Ebola domestically or abroad.”

APIC represents more than 15,000 member nurses, physicians, public health professionals, epidemiologists, microbiologists, and medical technologists.  These leading clinical professionals are on the front lines of infection prevention.

Last year, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris announced Citarella would chair the newly created Ebola Task Force to work on ensuring that the home care and hospice community has the resources it needs to deal with Ebola.  Halamandaris praised Citarella, calling it his “great honor” to announce the infection control expert as chair of the Task Force.

“Barbara Citarella has over 25 years of experience and is internationally known for her expertise in the areas of infection control, leadership, and disaster preparedness,” Halamandaris said.  “She has long been a leader and spokesperson on these issues.  We are pleased to have her work with the home care and hospice industry on such an important issue.”

APIC’s website referenced Time Magazine’s selection of the “The Ebola Fighters” for Person of the Year 2014.  Time Magazine praised those who have risked their lives in the ongoing fight against Ebola and for teaching us lessons that apply not only to Ebola efforts but to future epidemics as well.  “Eventually—though no one can say when—the Ebola fighters are going to be victorious,” Time Magazine wrote.  “The fog will clear, leaving the hard truth in view: this won’t be the last epidemic.  And when the next one comes, the world must learn the lessons of this one: Be better prepared, less fearful, less reactive.  Run toward the fire and put it out together.  Even more important, though, when the next one comes, remember the Ebola fighters and hope that we see their like again.”

Citarella works with NAHC to identify key reliable information and resources about Ebola prevention and response, which are available on NAHC’s website here.  NAHC provides these resources in order to help home care and hospice providers identify crucial information and optimal actions with regards to Ebola prevention and response.

You can see APIC’s Ebola Recognition Wall here.




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