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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

Annual Meeting Spotlight: Human Resources Education Track

August 25, 2015 09:34 AM

Today, we highlight the Human Resources education track at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition.

Here are the courses available under the Human Resources education track at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition:

How to Train Management to Create a Just Culture

Having a just culture is the key to knowing what to do when employees make mistakes and do not consistently act according to your health care policies, procedures, and values. This session will show health care managers how to create a learning culture producing the best possible outcomes, foster openness and fairness, and avoid overly punitive reactions to adverse events and errors.

How to Revisit Certified Nursing Assistant Services: The Missing Link to Comprehensive and Effective Care

Our health care world has made major changes since the 1960s when nurses’ aides were first introduced into hospitals. In the late 1980s, HCFA (now CMS) began requiring education for all nurses' aides who worked in organizations that received Medicare money. That education has not changed. This presentation will discuss changes in health care and why and how aide education must also change.

How to Develop an International Recruitment Program

Despite aggressive local and regional efforts, recruitment oftentimes remains a challenge. For some agencies the recruitment of internationally trained RNs and therapists is a great option. Session participants will learn how to determine if international recruitment is a good option for their agency, select a good agency, interview and select the best candidates, and understand what resources should be used to acculturate and clinically onboard the candidates.

How to Develop Orientation Programs that Focus on Critical Thinking Competencies

This session will provide you with the specific steps for successful on-boarding, including the recruitment and orientation process, didactic and experiential learning modules, student input, and outcomes measured. You will leave with a detailed topical outline of an on-boarding process that supports evidence-based "critical thinking" competencies.

How to Reduce Turnover, Increase Customer Satisfaction, and Grow your Business through Caregiver Certification Programs

Attendees will gain an understanding of why training and certification matters to employees, customers, and referral sources. Learn how training and certification programs can strengthen and grow your business.

How to Orient and Educate Staff: The VNSNY University Roadmap

Participants will learn how to evaluate the current format, function and delivery of an agency’s education system, identify gaps, and implement a plan of action to provide evidence-based orientation and education to staff. They will also learn the value of working in teams across various departments and setting priorities among competing projects to meet education objectives and goals. New learning technologies, such as e-Learning, will be discussed as tools to meet a shortage in education resources and provide efficient, flexible, and effective methods for adult learning. In addition, participants will learn how to develop competency-based benchmarks for managers to assess knowledge and the need for ongoing support and education of their staff.

How to Effectively Deal With Conflict Management

This course examines the role that team building and management, along with conflict management, play in leadership. Particular attention will be given to various approaches to conflict management and practical skill development in negotiating, forging a shared vision, team role assignment, and effective small-group and individual communication in both routine and crisis situations.

How to Prepare New Clinical Staff for the Challenges of Home Care in 2015

The home care environment continues to become more challenging and complex as an increasing amount of advanced care is being delivered in the home setting. Providing new clinical staff with a firm foundation is critical to their success in managing the care and education of the home care population, and keeping that population safely at home and out of the hospital. This is one organization’s experience in developing a comprehensive sequential orientation program.

How to Develop Systems to Improve Clinician Competence

People, processes, and technology are the resources that work together to drive health care organizations in today’s world. This presentation will explore how to create an environment to move your business ahead and ensure clinical competence while delivering quality patient care.

About NAHC Annual Meeting Education Sessions

The 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting offers the greatest, most expansive, and largest number of education programs for home care and hospice. The education programs cover the latest information that home care and hospice providers need in order to prepare for changes and trends in the legal and regulatory environments. Individuals who attend the 2015 Annual Meeting will have the opportunity to earn up to 20 Continuing Education credits in-person, as well as additional credits through programs that will be available online. All of the course offerings will be available for credits to Nurses and Certified Public Accountants. Specific courses and credits will be available to Nursing Home Administrators, Assisted Living Administrators, and Social Workers.

For more information about the Human Resources education track, please click here.




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