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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 Hosts CEO Leadership School

October 12, 2012 02:50 PM


For additional information:

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

Washington, D.C. (October 12, 2012) – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will host a CEO Leadership School at the 2012 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition in Orlando, Florida at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Sunday, October 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The CEO Leadership School is a unique opportunity for leaders in home care and hospice agencies to learn from top CEOs and leaders in business and technology. The topic for the session – “How the “Smartphone” and mHealth Technologies will Transform Healthcare,” – will specifically focus on the transcending role of the smartphone in the delivery of health care. Other topics include how agencies can harness the power of smartphones to increase referrals and participate in the roll of “health traffic controller.” The Caring Institute and McKesson are sponsors of the 2012 CEO Leadership School.

Invited speakers for the CEO Leadership School are: Linda Marshall, former CEO, OnStar Division of General Motors; David Metcalf, Ph.D., Senior Researcher and Director, Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab (METIL); Mark V. Migliore, Group Publisher/Director, Business Development, Naylor LLC; Eric J. Topol, MD, Director, Scripps Translational Research Institute; Val J. Halamandaris, President, NAHC; Richard D. Brennan, Vice President for Technology Policy, NAHC; Ellen Bolch, President & CEO, THA Group; Keith R. Crownover, President & CEO, Delta Health Technologies; Sue Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Home Care of the Grand Valley; Warren Brown, President, Procura; Daniel L. Cosentino, President, Cardiocom; Beth Hennessey, Executive Director for Integrated Care, Sutter Care at Home; Michael Lemnitzer, Senior Director, Philips Telehealth Solutions; Tom Maxwell, Chief Strategy Officer, Homecare Homebase; Lisa Harvey-McPherson, President & CEO, Eastern Maine HomeCare; Jeffrey Silverman, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Sandata Technologies, LLC; Andy Bezaitis, Chief Operating Officer, CellTrak; and, Meg Maley, Senior Vice President, WellDoc.

The CEO Leadership School will also include demonstrations of the latest mhealth technologies that are available. A variety of mhealth technologies such as mobile phones, tablets, devices, remote patient monitor, and telehealth monitors will also be on display.

The theme for the 2012 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition 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 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.”


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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