2015 Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
October 27, 2015 09:21 AM
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has announced the names of those chosen to be inducted into the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame for 2015. The 2015 honorees include: Barbara Citarella, President of RBC Limited Healthcare and Management Consulting; Keith L. Myers, CEO of LHC Group; Margaret Shepherd, former CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of Seattle, founding board member for NAHC, and current industry expert; Larry Meigs, CEO of Visiting Angels; and posthumously Diana, Princess of Wales, for her unparalleled contribution to hospice caregivers and patients. NAHC will honor these five individuals this Thursday, October 29, at the NAHC Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.
“At NAHC, we have always aspired to excellence which is why we established the Hall of Fame,” said Val J. Halamandaris. “The five people we are honoring this year on October 29th in Nashville, Tennessee at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel represent the best among us. They are great role models who have made a significant contribution to our industry. They inspire us to follow their example of service to others.”
Denise Schrader, Chairman of NAHC, added, “I am pleased to congratulate this year's honorees. They have proven themselves worthy of receiving our highest award.”
Following are more details about this year’s honorees:
Barbara was a charter member of NAHC in 1982 and has always looked to serve. Today, she continues her extraordinary service by participating on various NAHC task forces and committees and in presenting first class education sessions at NAHC conferences. She has achieved national recognition for her expertise in home care and hospice emergency management as well as in bioterrorism. In recent months, NAHC requested Ms. Citarella to lead their task force coordinating the preparedness for and management of the Ebola crisis. Ten years ago she was asked to spearhead NAHC’s effort in responding to hurricanes Rita and Katrina which devastated New Orleans. Ms. Citarella invested hundreds of hours to the task and organized valuable prevention principles for minimizing the effects of future storms. Ever willing, she affirmed her commitment to crisis care when NAHC asked for her guidance preparing for the H5N1 Avian Flu contagion in 2005, as concern about virus mutation and transmission to humans was mounting. Ms. Citarella’s service also includes her leadership role in the NAHC task force relative to the 2001 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City. Ms. Citarella’s unwavering efforts and distinctive leadership continues to inspire others and make the world a better place.
Keith L. Myers
The LHC Group began in 1994 at the kitchen table of Keith and Ginger Myers. Their desire, pure and simple, was to help people. As they achieved early success, they adopted a corporate model focusing on providing home care services in rural and underserved areas. In just 20 years, LHC Group has grown from one to more than 300 agencies, with over 10,000 caregivers/employees, located in 29 states. LHC Group’s brand of quality home care and hospice has brought the company a fair amount of recognition. In 2004, Mr. Myers won the Entrepreneur of the Year award from ABiz. Mr. Myers has also distinguished himself in joining NAHC to lead battles in Congress. For example, in 2003, the Medicare Prescription Drug bill was nearing enactment. The legislation included an amendment, which passed in both the House and Senate bills, which would have saddled home care patients with massive co-payments. The amendments amounted to nothing less than a tax that had to be paid by beneficiaries before they could qualify for Medicare home care services. Mr. Myers, working with NAHC, was instrumental in accomplishing the impossible, which was the deletion of Medicare copays, which were all but certain to go into affect. Mr. Myers, his family, and the LHC Group have also demonstrated great generosity. They gave funds to the Foundation for Hospice and Homecare in 2010 to establish a program to provide hospice care for individuals who otherwise would not qualify. In 2009, their generosity was directed to support the Caring Institute, which resulted in their being recognized with the Caring Institute’s Guardian Angel award.
Margaret Shepherd’s career began in public health, but she quickly moved to pioneer the home health and hospice industry. She facilitated the development of unprecedented mental health programs and geriatric care management, and in the 1980’s Ms. Shepherd co-founded Community Home Health Care. Among its groundbreaking accomplishments are the establishment of the first residential program for HIV/AIDS cases and the first licensed Community Mental Health provider within a Medicare-certified home health agency. She was a founding board member for the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and helped facilitate the merger between the National Association of Home Health Agencies (NAHHA) and the Council on Home Health Agencies and Services (CHHAS). Ms. Shepherd’s 40-year career is marked by her dedication to help teach others how to provide the high quality of care for which she and her agency are famous. She founded Margaret Shepherd & Associates, a leadership consulting firm in Seattle, and continues her efforts to serve NAHC, her State Association as well as providers and patients.
In 1998 Larry Meigs co-founded Visiting Angels, a private duty, non-medical home care organization. Since then, it has grown from one to more than 340 franchises located in 45 states. The secret to their success was that Mr. Meigs insisted that the company embrace the highest values. He is known as a leader who provides care and support for his employees and requires that they provide the highest quality of services to the patients and families they serve. Over the years, Visiting Angels has held true to its mission of providing peace of mind for families, and support for loved ones in need.
Diana, Princess of Wales, Posthumous
Princess Diana, a former kindergarten teacher, worked to support more than 100 charities in her lifetime, most of them having to do with children. At the same time, few people have been more identified with the promotion of home care and hospice. The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice charity – which provides quality hospice care, free of cost, to the people of Glasgow – began in the early 1980’s and quickly ignited a movement advocating quality hospice care. Diana used her celebrity to help raise funds and support for hospice, a topic which was previously taboo. The media in England, who seemingly followed her every move, televised her participation in 1982 to raise $3 million to open a new wing of St. Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds, U.K. The Princess made her first public appearance in the United States in 1985, choosing to visit the Washington Home, a hospice facility in Washington, D.C. In 1992, she famously wept on screen at the opening of Queenscourt Hospice in Southport, U.K. Her work on behalf of hospice continued even after her death. For example, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund began its Palliative Care Initiative in 2000, inspired by Diana’s hospice and HIV/AIDS work. It continues to help thousands of sub-Saharan Africans today. Similarly, the Diana, Princess of Wales Care at Home Trust was founded in 1998, and continues to fund end-of-life nursing care for residents on the Isle of Man, thereby creating “hospice at home” services for those in need.