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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

Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame



Mother Teresa

Self-described home care and hospice nurse, founder of the Missionaries of Charity


Senator Frank E. Moss

Author of the Medicare and Medicaid home care benefits, author of the first Medicare hospice legislation, counsel to NAHC, chairman of the Foundation for Hospice and Homecare, and first chairman of the board of the Caring Institute


Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Author of the seminal book
On Death and Dying


Senator Claude Pepper

House sponsor of the Medicare home care benefit and the Medicare hospice benefit


Ms. Lillian D. Wald

Founder of the Henry Street Settlement, which became the Visiting Nurse Service of New York; often referred to as the “Mother of Home Care”


William J. Simione, Jr., C.P.A.

Partner, Simione Consultants, founding chairman of the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association, and founding chairman of the Home Care and Hospice PAC


Senator Susan Collins

The member of Congress who introduced and brought about the enactment of more home care legislation than anyone except Claude Pepper and Frank E. Moss


Dr. Arthur S. Flemming

Secretary of Health Education and Welfare under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, appointed Commissioner of Aging by President Richard M. Nixon and chairman of the board of SpeakOut USA, which organized bus trips across the United States between 1993 and 1997


Ms. Mary S. Suther

One of the founders of NAHC, three-term chairman of the board and its predecessor, the National Association of Home Health Agencies, and of the Visiting Nurses Association of America


Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Co-sponsor of Medicare and Medicaid home care benefits, sponsor of the Medicare hospice benefit, and author of the CLASS Act


Ms. Helen Hayes

Actress, home care activist, spokeswoman for NAHC, and narrator of the film “No Place Like Home”


Senator Robert J. Dole

Senate majority leader, co-chair of the Caring Institute, author of the Americans with Disabilities Act, sponsor of the Medicare hospice benefit and counsel to NAHC


Dr. Ruth C. Constant

Chairman of NAHC, twice chairman of the Texas Association for Home Care, chairman of the Foundation for Hospice and Homecare, and head of the Home Healthcare Nurses Association


Hon. Hugh Downs

Anchor of ABC News “20/20” and host of NBC’s “Today Show” and “Tonight Show,” chairman of PBS’s first program on aging, and advocate for hospice and home care


Dr. Virginia Henderson

Dean of Yale School of Nursing, author of the most widely accepted text on nursing, and advocate of home care and hospice


Mr. Don Wortley

Founding chairman of NAHC, first treasurer of NAHC, and president of the Foundation for Hospice and Homecare


Hon. Rosalynn Carter

Former first lady of the United States and founder of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving


Hon. Robert Butler, M.D.

First director of the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, author of Why Survive? Being Old in America, founder of the Department of Geriatrics at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and CEO of the International Longevity Center


Ms. Michele A. Quirolo

Chairman and vice-chairman of NAHC, chairman of NAHC’s government affairs committee for 8 years


Senator John Breaux

Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and co-chair of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare.


Dame Cicely Saunders

Head of St. Christopher’s Hospice in London and godmother of the modern hospice movement


Ms. Andrea L. Devoti

Chairman and secretary of NAHC and president of the Pennsylvania Association for Home Care


Ms. Elaine D. Stephens

Chairman and secretary of NAHC and chairman of the Home Healthcare Nurses Association


Mr. Mike Vance

Dean of Disney University and author of Think Out of the Box


Dr. Margaret Cushman

Chairman and secretary of NAHC and first dean of Home Care University


Mr. Gary M. Bremer

Director and treasurer of NAHC, co-founder of the Foundation for Medically Fragile Children, member of the board for the Caring Institute and the Foundation for Hospice and Homecare


Ms. Helen Heyrman

Chairman, the Forum of State Associations and executive director, the Illinois Home Care Association


Mr. Ronald A. Malone

NAHC board member, CEO and later chairman of Gentiva Health Services who helped unify the home care industry


Maggie Kuhn

Founder of the Gray Panthers, an organization that was instrumental in nursing home reform, the prohibition of forced retirement, and fighting health care fraud


President William J. Clinton

Pushed for expansion of the Medicare home health care benefit and helped defeat home health copays in 1997


Mr. J. Mark Baiada

Founder of BAYADA Home Health Care and an advocate for compassionate, excellent and reliable home health care for people of all ages


Ms. Ruth Castellano

Vice president of BJC Home Care Services and director of Christian Hospital Home Health Care


Mr. Rod Windley

Founder of Healthfield, Chairman of Gentiva Health Services, member of the NAHC Board, president of the Georgia Association for Home Health Care, and chairman of the Fragile Kids Foundation


Ms. Jeannee Parker Martin

President and co-owner of The Corridor Group, Corridor International, and Corridor Media, board member of NAHC, the National Hospice Foundation, and the National Hospice Working Group


Honorable Tarky Lombardi

New York State senator who sponsored the Nursing Home Without Walls program


Ms. Mary Labyak

Founder of Suncoast Hospice, chair of the National Hospice Foundation board of trustees, and co-chair of the National Center for Care at the End of Life


Honorable Dirk Kempthorne

U.S. secretary of the interior, U.S. senator from Idaho, 30th governor of the state, and chairman of the National Governors Association where he led efforts to rebalance Medicaid expenditures toward greater use of home care


Ms. Katheen Dodd

Founder and CEO of The Corridor Group, member of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization’s Technical Advisory Commission, and regional representative on the NAHC board


Ms. Judith Bellome

CEO of Douglas Country County Visiting Nurses, member of the executive council of AARP Kansas and Douglas Country Senior Center Board, and NAHC board member


Hon. Max Cleland

War hero, former U.S. senator for Georgia, youngest-ever administrator of the Veterans Administration, advocate for the disabled, and honorary trustee of the Caring Institute


Ms. Cathy Frasca

Executive director of South Hills Health System Home Health Agency, member of the advisory council at Caring to Help Others, and vice chair of the NAHC board


Mr. Paul Hogan

Co-founder of Home Instead Senior Care, board member of Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, and anchor donor for Home Instead Center for Successful Aging


Ms. Carol Raphael

President and CEO of Visiting Nurse Service of New York, chair of the New York eHealth Collaborative, and member of the Commission on Long-Term Care


Mr. Christopher Reeve

Actor, director, vice chairman of the National Organization on Disability, and chairman of the Christopher Reeve Foundation to conquer diseases of the nervous system and brain


Ann Armstrong-Dailey

Founded Children’s Hospice International at a time when few hospices would accept children. She was committed to changing that inequity after facing the death of a family member without support.


Sister Mary Giovanni

Was charged with caring for the sick and dying of her Felician order. This experience led her to found Angela Hospice, the first facility of its kind in Michigan.


Rosemary Johnson-Hurzeler

Has spent nearly four decades as president and CEO of America’s first hospice, The Connecticut Hospice. Under her inspired leadership, the organization literally wrote the book on hospice.


Susan Levine

Executive director of Hospice of the Valley, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit hospices, where she oversees 1,500 staff members and 2,500 volunteers. Her passion for community-based end-of life care has led her to be active on national policy issues related to home care and hospice.


Senator Ron Wyden

Chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee and a longtime ally of home care and hospice. He has sponsored key pieces of legislation that would increase access to home care and hospice, including the Hospice HELP Act and the Independence at Home Act demonstration project.


Barbara Citarella

Barbara was a charter member of NAHC in 1982 and has always looked to contribute.  Today, she continues to make a mark by serving on various NAHC task forces and committees and 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.

Larry Meigs

In 1998 Larry Meigs co-founded Visiting Angels.  Since then, it has grown from one to more than 340 franchises located in 45 states.  Larry is known as a leader who provides care and support for his employees and insists that they provide the highest-quality services to the patients and families they serve.


Diana, Princess of Wales

The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice – which provides free, quality hospice care to the people of Glasgow –  quickly ignited a movement advocating hospice care. The charity honors Diana, who used her celebrity to raise funds and support for hospice, a topic that was previously taboo.

Margaret Shepherd

Margaret Shepherd, a founding board member of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, facilitated the development of unprecedented mental health programs and geriatric care management. Among her 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.


Keith 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 success, they adopted a corporate model focused on providing home care services in rural and underserved areas.  In just 20 years, LHC Group grew from one to more than 300 agencies, with over 10,000 caregivers/employees, located in 29 states. Mr. Myers has also distinguished himself in joining NAHC to lead battles in Congress.


Denise R. Schrader

Denise Schrader is president and executive director of Visiting Nurses Association in Rockville, Illinois. She’s also vice president of care, continuum and wellness at Rockford Health System, where she leads Mercy Home Health Care, Mercy Hospice Care, and Mercy Durable Medical Equipment. She has 32 years of experience in health care, the last 20 in home care administration. She has chaired the Home Health Care Nurses Association and now promotes in-home care nationwide as NAHC’s chairman of the board. She has also advanced technology at Rockford, where she developed a clinically integrated network, a Medicare ACO, and robust post-acute services to improve the continuum of care.


Walter W. Borginis III

Walter Borginis is president and CEO at the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia. He serves as treasurer of NAHC’s board and chairman of its finance committee, besides being a board member of the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association, the Voluntary Nonprofit Home Care Association of America, and the Hospice Association of America. Formerly, he served as senior VP and CFO at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life/Philadelphia Geriatric Center. A CPA and chartered global management accountant, he was the force behind a heroic reinvention of the VNA of Greater Philly, and he has lent his strategic skills for over 20 years to home care and hospice.


Beverly Malone

Beverly Malone is a leader in the conversation about nursing. As CEO of the National League for Nursing, she speaks out on the nurse educator shortage and role of nursing in ensuring culturally competent care to different populations. She understands their concerns because she grew up in the segregated South. Her journey to the top of the nursing profession took her to the UK, where she was general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing before heading the NLN. She has served on the Kaiser Family Foundation and been elected to the Institute of Medicine, where she contributed to a groundbreaking report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.”


Anthony S. Fauci

Anthony Fauci helps millions as the nation’s top doctor of infectious diseases. He leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. As director of NIAID, he oversees an extensive research portfolio into emerging diseases like Zika and Ebola, as well as more established diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, asthma, and HIV/AIDS, a disease that once killed thousands of young men in hospice nationwide. Though he admired the comfort that hospice gave to victims of AIDS, his mission was to save lives. So he helped change rules in order to approve drugs that turned HIV/AIDS into a manageable condition rather than a sentence of death.


Kate Middleton

The Duchess of Cambridge is so passionate about children’s hospice that she chose East Anglia Children’s Hospice as one of her first causes after becoming HRH in 2011. Since then she has made frequent visits to EACH and other hospices like it to put children’s hospice at the forefront of people’s minds. During her visits, she talks to staff, meets the children, and learns about their families’ needs. She’s especially interested in the role of volunteers, an issue she is exploring with her foundation. And she supports Children’s Hospice Week by raising awareness and funds so families of dying kids can make the most of the precious time they have left.


Florence Nightingale

“The ultimate destination of all nursing is the nursing of the sick in their own homes,” Florence Nightingale wrote around 1867. By then she was known as “the lady with the lamp” for her habit of making hospital rounds at night while in charge of nursing soldiers during the Crimean War. It’s less well known that she also shined a light on the role of home care in giving the poor the best possible care. Her commitment to social reform led her to establish the Nightingale School of Nursing in London. Her pioneering institution changed nursing by training women to see their field as both a profession and a calling.


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