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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

Heath 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

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

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.




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