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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 Annual Meeting Highlights Industry With Annual Awards

October 22, 2014 09:52 AM


For additional information:

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


WASHINGTON D.C. (October 21, 2014) – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) believes in honoring those who have devoted their lives to the care and service of others. Some of them include the members of the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame, whose first inductees were honored three years ago at NAHC’s largest meeting of the year. This was also NAHC’s third time honoring a Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year, winner of a national vote on nurses from all 50 states.
NAHC’s Nurse of the Year, along with its new Hall of Fame inductees, were announced at the 2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition held in Phoenix, AZ, at the Phoenix Convention Center, on October 19-22, 2014. Attendees had a chance to meet these industry stars and get the tools they need to help their agencies reach the greatest heights.
This year, NAHC honored five distinguished inductees into the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame:

  • Ann Armstrong Dailey, Founding Director, Children’s Hospice International, Alexandria, VA
  • Rosemary Johnson Hurzeler, President and CEO, The Connecticut Hospice, Branford, CT
  • Sister Mary Giovanni, President and CEO, Angela Hospice and Home Care, Inc., Livonia, MI
  • Susan Levine, Executive Director, Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ
  • Ron Wyden, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Portland, OR

The 2014 Home Care and Hospice Nurse of the Year award was presented to Mary Pistulka, CHPH, Avera@Home, Yankton, South Dakota by Denise Schrader, Chairman, Home Healthcare Nurses Association, Andrea L. Devoti, Chairman, NAHC Board of Directors, and NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. Ms. Pistulka received her award on Monday, October 20, at the General Session in the Phoenix Convention Center.
“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,” said Halamandaris. “These honorees have distinguished themselves by fighting on behalf of the aged, ill, and disabled. They have strived to ensure that every person, no matter their age, income, or health, has the right to enjoy the freedoms guaranteed all Americans in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. This includes the right to receive care at home and to die there with dignity.”
Past inductees into the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame include a number of famous names: Mother Teresa, President William J. Clinton, Sen. Frank E. Moss (D-UT), Sen. Claude Pepper (D-FL), Lillian D. Wald, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Sen. Robert J. Dole (R-KS), Hon. Rosalynn Carter, Dame Cicely Saunders, and Mike Vance. NAHC members are encouraged to send in their nominations for 2015 Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame nominees to
Speaking of well known names, there were several of them at this year’s annual meeting, including Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rob Portman (R-OH). “We were thrilled to have Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden join us on Sunday, October 19, in Phoenix,” said Halamandaris, “and have Senator Rob Portman join us on Tuesday morning, October 21.” Halamandaris was also pleased to host other speakers for the meeting: former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, award-winning financial advisor Ric Edelman, and former President of Trader Joe’s Company Doug Rauch. On Wednesday, October 22, Dr. Adam Darkins, Senior Director, Enterprise Technology Solutions, Medtronic, Inc. will also address NAHC members.
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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