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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

National Association for Home Care & Hospice 30th annual meeting and exposition in Las Vegas a success

October 12, 2011 05:40 PM


For additional information:

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

WASHINGTON D.C. (Oct. 12, 2011) – The 30th anniversary of the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) was celebrated at the annual meeting and exposition in Las Vegas this week. With 5,000 attendees and over 500 exhibitors, the three day meeting was a great success.

Attendees had their choice of more than 135 educational sessions for continuing education credits with over nine different program tracks. New to the exhibitor hall this year was the Technology Pavilion which provided 20 minute product demonstrations highlighting the opportunities of technology in home care and hospice. For the first time ever at a NAHC conference, attendees could download a phone app where they could download conference schedules, info and connect with other attendees. The phone app was sponsored by Homecare Homebase. Live updates were also sent out via Twitter @OfficialNAHC for attendees to keep up with.

Keynote speakers included, Ken Dychtwald of Age Wave; creator of the online news bureau The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington; political commentator Paul Begala; the Honorable Tom Daschle and author and political commentator Eleanor Clift, who also both received the Lifetime Achievement Award; andlongtime entertainer Wayne Newton, who received a Caring award from the Caring Institute for his life’s work with the USO.

Other awards that were given out during the conference include: Dr. Lawrence Kline, Director of Scripps Clinic Sleep Center and Mother Teresa’s physician – Physician of the Year; Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) – Lillian D. Wald Home Care Hero Award; and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) – Claude D. Pepper Award.

This year’s CEO Leadership School was dedicated to analyzing what qualities made Mother Teresa such a great leader and manager. The discussion, chaired by Val J. Halamandaris, Founder and Executive Director of the Caring Institute, brought together six of the people who knew Mother Teresa best Glenn Kielty, Founder, Technico Development & Financing, Coach Dale Brown, CEO, Dale Brown Enterprises and Coach Dale Brown Foundation, Lawrence Kline, DO, Director, Scripps Clinic Sleep Center, and Michael Collopy, Founder and photographer for  Panelists described the qualities and the behavior which made Mother Teresa such a great leader and manager and who spoke about their relationships to Mother Teresa.  The CEO Leadership School was sponsored by the Caring Institute and McKesson.

Over 1,000 people danced the night away at the 30 th anniversary bash at Studio 54 in the MGM Grand, a representation of the iconic 70’s nightclub in New York City. The event was sponsored by Simione Consultants.

The annual conference gathered together home health, hospice and private duty agencies, nurses, therapists and physicians from around the country to participate the most comprehensive, timely, quality programs designed especially for the home care and hospice industry.  The theme for this year was “ Leading the Last Great Civil Rights Battle: Maximizing Opportunity, Minimizing Risk,” which reflected the opportunities for home care and hospice to reshape the health care system as it prepares to receive the 78 million-strong baby boom generation.

Ensuring the right to be cared for in our homes is America’s last great civil rights battle. The great gift of all the advances in medicine and technology we have accomplished is that, humans can now live longer than ever, but we have seen along with this a ballooning of chronic illness. The care of the disabled and elderly may well be the defining issue for America in the early years of this 21st century. Home care may well be the most non-partisan issue that will be faced in the coming years and one which will have the most immediate impact on the future of American.

The NAHC 31st Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida on October 21-24, 2012.  The theme of this year’s conference is “Home Care Technology:  The Great Equalizer.”

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, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit




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