Six to Receive Florence Nightingale Award: Membership in the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
May 14, 2016 09:16 AM
Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), has announced the names of six people who will receive NAHC’s Florence Nightingale Award and induction into the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame. These honorees are traditionally announced on May 12 of each year, marking the birthday of Florence Nightingale and National Nurses Week.
“These honorees represent the very best among us,” said Halamandaris. “They have devoted their lives to serving others, just like Mother Teresa, the first inductee into the Hall of Fame. She devoted her life to caring for those she described as ‘the least among us,’ the aged, infirm, dying, and disabled. We are pleased to have the opportunity to honor these people who honor us through their selfless service.”
The presentation of the Florence Nightingale Awards including the formal induction ceremony will take place on Monday morning, October 24, 2016, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida as part of the Opening General Session of NAHC’s 34th Annual Meeting & Exposition, the largest annual gathering of home care and hospice caregivers in the world.
Halamandaris said, “There is little doubt that millions of people are better off for the contributions of these six very special people.” They include: Beverly Malone, the longtime CEO of the National League for Nursing who previously served for six years as General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing in the UK; Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, who has given her heartfelt support to terminally ill children who, along with their families, have benefited from special hospice programs; Denise Schrader, who has used her superb leadership, management, and clinical skills to run much awarded home care and hospice programs and who had the honor of being elected to serve as Chairman of NAHC’s Board of Directors; Walter Borginis, who is the visionary leader and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia where he previously served as CFO. His history making reinvention of the VNA has marked him as an expert who has used these talents to help others including guiding NAHC through five years as its Treasurer; Anthony Fauci, M.D., who has been the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for over 30 years and has succeeded in his heroic effort to protect Americans from diseases ranging from AIDS to Zika; and Florence Nightingale, who is posthumously receiving an award named in her honor. She proved the worth of women as health care professionals, brought healthcare into the home, the battlefield, as well as the hospital, and who founded a school to teach nursing arts, developing a curriculum where nurses could be trained to act professionally in providing healthcare to those who need it most.
These honorees have raised the quality of life for others through their professionalism and the love they have given unconditionally as if they were members of their own families. “Organizations, like nations, become who and what they honor,” said Halamandaris. “We hope our members will embrace the values advanced by Florence Nightingale and members of the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame.” The honorees named to the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame since 1982 include: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Ms. Lillian D. Wald, Elisabett Kubler-Ross, M.D., Senator Frank E. Moss, Senator Claude Pepper, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Dr. Virginia Henderson, Ms. Mary Suther, Dr. Arthur S. Flemming, Senator Susan Collins, Mr. William J. Simione Jr., Ms. Helen Hays, Senator John Breaux, Mr. Hugh Downs, Dr. Ruth Constant, Senator Robert J. Dole, Honorable Rosalynn Carter, Mr. Don Wortley, Ms. Margaret Cushman, Ms. Michele A. Quirolo, Robert Butler, M.D., Ms. Elaine D. Stephens, Ms. Andrea L. Devoti, Dame Cicely Saunders, Ms. Helen Heyrman, Mr. Mike Vance, Mr. Gary M. Bremer, Mr. Ronald A. Malone, Ms. Maggie Kuhn, President William Clinton, Mr. Mark Baiada, Ms. Mary Labyak, Ms. Ruth Castellano, Mr. Rod Windley, Ms. Jeannee Parker Martin, Honorable Tarky Lombardi, Ms. Cathy Frasca, Honorable Dirk Kempthorne, Ms. Kathleen Dodd, Mr. Paul Hogan, Ms. Judith Bellome, Honorable Max Cleland, Sister Mary Giovanni, Ms. Carol Raphael, Senator Ron Wyden, Ms. Ann Armstrong Dailey, Ms. Rosemary Johnson-Hurzeler, Ms. Susan Levine, Mr. Christopher Reeve, Mr. Larry Meigs, Ms. Barbara Citarella, Mr. Keith Myers, Ms. Margaret Shepherd, and Diana, Princess of Wales.