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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

National Association for Home Care & Hospice Conference highlights industry with annual awards

Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame recipients and Nurse of the Year announced
October 9, 2012 02:51 PM


For additional information:

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

Washington, D.C.(October 9, 2012) – Every year, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has the pleasure of honoring those who have dedicated their life to the care and service of others. The Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame was started in 2011 and the inductees are honored at the Association’s largest meeting of the year. This is the inaugural year for the Nurse of the Year award, which was determined through a national voting process with each state nominated one finalist.

The 2012 NAHC Annual Meeting will be held in Orlando, Florida at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Sunday, October 21 - Thursday, October 25. The theme for 2012 is “Technology the Great Equalizer” which will focus on how technology is transforming the home health industry and the opportunities it has to reshape the health care system. Agencies that attend the annual meeting also are given the tools they need to meet rising demands of competition to make their businesses the most successful they can be.

The 2012 Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame inductees are: Mary Labyak, Clearwater, FL; Ruth Castellano, Chesterfield, MO; Mark Baiada, Moorestown, NJ; Honorable Dirk Kempthorne, Washington, DC; Katheen Dodd, Overland Park, KS; Jeannee Parker Martin, San Francisco, CA; Honorable Tarky Lombardi, Syracuse, NY; and, Rod Windley, Atlanta, GA.

The 2012 NAHC Nurse of the Year is Becky Williams, Alacare Home Health & Hospice, Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

“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 Val J. Halamandaris. “We want to thank these recipients for their tireless dedication and devotion.”

The annual meeting gathers together home health, hospice and private duty agencies, nurses, therapists and physicians from around the country to participate in over 100 educational sessions of the most comprehensive, timely, quality programs designed especially for the home care and hospice industry.

“The care of the disabled and elderly may well be the defining issue for America in the early years of this 21st century,” said Val J. Halamandaris, president of NAHC. “Home care is 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 America.”

Halamandaris also announced that Senator Susan Collins has been confirmed as the Keynote speaker to open the meeting on Tuesday morning. "Senator Collins is quite simply the best there is; no one has done more for home care and hospice than the Senator," said Halamandaris.

Other speakers include Tom Daschle, Former Senate Majority Leader and Co-Chair of the Caring Institute; Mel Levine, Former Member of Congress and Chairman of the Board, Caring Institute; Donna Shalala, AB, PhD, Professor of Political Science and President of the University of Miami and Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; Dr. Lance Secretan, PhD, Acclaimed Author and Editor, Former Corporate CEO, Management Expert and Humanitarian; Paul Kusserow, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer at Humana; and Dr. David Katz, MD, PPH, FACPM, FACP, Medical Contributor for US News & World Report and ABC News Medical Consultant.

Additional keynote speakers are still being finalized.

Congress may convene a lame duck session after the November elections to address a number of contentious issues, including further efforts to reduce the deficit and offset the cost of fixing the flawed Medicare physician payment formula. The deficit reduction effort and hunt for offsets could lead to the threat of additional Medicare and Medicaid cuts and copayments. The Medicare home health benefit has already been cut by a disproportionate $77 billion over 10 years. The industry cannot tolerate additional cuts since they would be devastating to patients and providers alike. But there is some hope amidst all the bad news. The fact that both parties agree on the pressing need to expand home care and hospice sends the industry a positive message: Congress should be looking to broaden the scope of home care as a response to the 5 percent of Americans — those with multiple, chronic conditions — who account for nearly 50 percent of U.S. health care costs.

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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