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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

NAHC Celebrates Nurses During National Nurses Week with Official Launch of Recognition Program

May 9, 2012 03:02 PM


For additional information:

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

Washington, D.C. (May 9, 2012) – To coincide with National Nurses Week, which is celebrated May 6-12, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has launched a search asking its 33,000 members, affiliated state associations and the American public to help identify the top hospice and home care nurses in the nation.

"It is most appropriate that we make the effort to identify and celebrate the best among us, the nurses who distinguish themselves by the size of their hearts, by their professionalism, and by their work ethic. These angels of mercy personify the highest standards of our profession. They deserve our great respect and admiration," said Andrea Devoti, RN, MSN, MBA, CHCE, the chairman of the NAHC Board of Directors.

Ms. Devoti thanked Elaine Stephens, RN, MPH, FHHC, the chairman of NAHC's affiliated Home Healthcare Nurses Association and Sherl Brand, RN, BSN, the chairman of NAHC's Forum of State Associations for leading this national search for excellence in nursing.

"Our organization, which represents the nation's home care and hospice nurses, was pleased to lead this effort to help identify the top nurses in our profession, those who honor us all through the quality of their lives. They are our heroes and our role models. They inspire us all to be our best and to remember that each of us can make a profound difference in the lives of those who are so sick that they cannot leave home without assistance," said Ms. Stephens.

"We loved being a part of this campaign," said Ms. Brand, president and CEO of the Home Care Association of New Jersey and chairman of the entity that represents the 50 state home care and hospice organizations. "Our Forum members were pleased to encourage nominations from each of their states. This has been a sacred effort which could not be more timely. A nation is what it honors, and it is time we celebrated the silent band of heroes who give their all to care for America's sick and dying as if they were extended family."

The nominations that were received to date were evaluated by a committee of experts who chose the Top 50 Home Care and Hospice Nurses. The American public and the NAHC membership, including home health care nurses themselves, will have the opportunity to vote on NAHC's website to select the Home Care and Hospice Nurse of the Year. Readers are encouraged to log on to in order to vote for the nurse of their choice. Additional nominations are always welcome and should be sent c/o

All 50 of the nurses whose photo and story appears in this month's CARING Magazine will be invited to the NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition, which will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, on October 21-25, 2012. Their registration fees will be waived, and they will be honored at a reception. The one who is chosen Home Care and Hospice Nurse of the Year, according to the balloting, will have their travel and hotel expenses paid, and receive the gift of a new Apple iPad.

By honoring these heroic nurses as they serve their infirm or dying patients, the editors of CARING hope to encourage young people to select a career in home care and hospice nursing. The need will be great. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nurses will be in high demand to meet the needs of the aging 78 million Baby Boom generation. According to BLS, there are some 2.6 million registered nurses in the U.S. today, and that number will need to grow 22 percent by 2018. The growth in the need for nurses working in hospice and home health care is even greater; it is expected to increase by 33 percent over this same period of time.

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 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying. To learn more about NAHC, visit


The Forum of State Associations (FSA) is focused on assisting state associations to develop and grow into strong state advocates and fiscally sound organizations. Membership is open to all organizations representing home care and hospice providers on the state level.  For more information, contact

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 re-launched HHNA in 2011. The HHNA also serves as an advisory resource to NAHC on issues of importance to home care and hospice nurses. 




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