Speaker Summaries from NAHC’s Annual Meeting and Exposition
NAHC’s Annual Meeting and Exposition got underway earlier this week. The General Session speakers included people that educated, inspired and informed attendees. Below are summaries for the presentations of the General Session speakers.
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)
Rob Portman, United States Senator from the state of Ohio, addressed Tuesday morning’s General Session. Senator Portman, a longtime hospice advocate and possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, told attendees that it was his mother who first educated him about the importance of home care and hospice, as she was an early pioneer and supporter of hospice in her community. Before being elected to Congress, Senator Portman served on the board of a home care and hospice organization. In this capacity, he suggested that all board members go on patient visits to see and experience the benefits of hospice for themselves. His own first-hand visits gave him a deep appreciation for the acute medical needs of patients, the dedication of nurses, and the undeniable need for isolated elderly patients to have the lifeline hospice provides.
“There is nothing more patient-centric than hospice,” said Portman. “The Federal Government shouldn’t make it harder.” Portman recognized hospice as not only a more compassionate, but also less expensive alternative to institutional care.
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