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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

Home Healthcare Nurses Association kicks off membership drive during National Nurses Week

May 12, 2011 11:53 AM


For additional information:

Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
(202) 547-7424

vert-baptistsc2WASHINGTON D.C. (May 12, 2011) – In celebration of National Nurses Week (May 6-12), the Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) is re-launching its membership.

HHNA is dedicated to influencing public policy and fostering excellence in the practice of home healthcare and hospice nursing for RNs and students. An advisory board of the top nurses across the country has been chosen and will keep the organization up-to-date on issues impacting home care and hospice in their respective states and guide the activities of the group.

Elaine D. Stephens, RN, MPH, FHHC, Executive Vice President of Home Care & Hospice for the Masonic Health System of Massachusetts will serve as the Chair of HHNA and the HHNA Advisory Board and Shannon Lovejoy will serve as Director of HHNA.

“I’m honored to be taking on this new opportunity to serve as chair,” said Stephens. “We have a real opportunity to advance the priorities and well-being of nurses in the home care and hospice industry and the patients they serve.”

Members of HHNA will be kept aware of changes to laws and regulations that impact the industry. Members will also be able to receive discount rates for events and conferences hosted by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).

“We are proud to have Elaine Stephens play this significant leadership role. As a former Chairman of the NAHC Board of Directors, she is an exceptional home care executive and a real activist for home care and hospice,” said Val Halamandaris, president of NAHC.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of RNs is projected to grow 22 percent by 2018 and the projected growth for nurses in the home health care industry is 33 percent, the second highest of all industries.

“There are 2.6 million registered nurses right now and that is expected to grow to over 3.2 million by 2018,” said Shannon Lovejoy, Director of the Home Healthcare Nurses Association. In recognition of National Nurses Week, we are re-launching the membership to start talking about the benefits of home healthcare and how we can provide solutions for patient care.”

To find out more about membership visit,

About HHNA

The Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) is an affiliate national professional nursing organization of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).  HHNA originally started in 1993 as a forum for practitioners to discuss the professional, educational and conceptual aspects of home health nurses. NAHC brought HHNA in as an affiliate in 1999. The HHNA also serves as an advisory resource to NAHC on issues of importance to home care and hospice nurses. The HHNA chair holds a seat on the NAHC Board of Directors.

About NAHC

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 10 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying. To learn more about NAHC, visit




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