Love is the ultimate and highest goal to which a man can aspire. The salvation of man is through love and in love.
- Viktor FranklContact Title1905-1997
Home care has specifically been proven to be a compassionate, cost-effective means of delivering essential health services.
- U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
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
One thing I know: the only ones who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer1875 - 1965
Nursing is love in action and there is no finer manifestation of it than the care of the poor and disabled in their own homes.
- Lillian Wald1867 - 1940
The greatest source of happiness is in forgetting yourself and trying seriously and honestly to be useful to others.
- Millicent Fenwick1910 - 1992
What is important is that one be capable
of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
- Helen Hayes1900 - 1993
If you can dream it, you can do it.
- Walt Disney1901 - 1966
Get outside your suffering and into the suffering of others and you will soon find that you do not have any.
- Virginia Henderson1897-1996
Depend upon it. Men will not care for people who care only for themselves.
- Frederick Douglass1818 - 1895
When a man has love he is no longer at the mercy of forces greater than himself, for he himself becomes a powerful force.
- Leo Buscaglia1924 - 1998
Our greatest urge is to be loved. The need to be loved is fundamental. It is love that holds us together as human beings.
- Maya Angelou1928 - 2014
Life breaks us all but the lucky ones grow stronger in the mended places.
- Max Cleland1942 -
Nothing we do ever stands by itself. If it is good, it will serve some good purpose in the future. If it is evil, it may haunt us and handicap our efforts in unimagined ways.
- Eleanor Roosevelt1884 - 1962
We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give.
- Winston Churchill1874 - 1965
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead1901 - 1978
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?
- Martin Luther King, Jr.1929 - 1968
There is joy in transcending
self to serve others.
- Mother Teresa1910 - 1997
Make it better. Do all that you can to make life better for others.
- Claude Pepper1900 - 1989
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
- John F Kennedy1917 - 1963
If the misery of others leaves you indifferent and with no feeling of sorrow, then you cannot be called a human being.
- Jimmy Carter1924 -
Whether for the individual or for the nation, self is best served by transcending self.
- Frank E. Moss1911 - 2003
Each of us has within us a Mother Teresa and a Hitler; it is up to us to choose what we want to be. Free choice is the greatest gift God gave to his children.
- Elizabeth Kübler-Ross1926 - 2004
Taking risks and not being afraid to fail are the only ways to make our dreams and goals come true. You must reach for the gold every day!
- Mary Lou Retton1968 -
America is compassion, the conviction that we will never move this country ahead by leaving some of our people behind.
- John Glenn1921 -
Single acts of kindness make this a better world. It is easy to care for somebody else and thankfully most Americans do, but we need to do a lot more caring for one another.
- Senator Robert Dole1923 -
I have the highest respect for [home care and hospice], especially the nurses, aides, and therapists who devote their lives to caring for people with disabilities, the infirm, and dying. There are few more noble professions.
- Barack Obama1961 -
One of the most important elements in a humane and effective health care system is the ability to treat people in their own homes when medically appropriate. Improving home care services should be at the top of Congress’s priorities; it is certainly at the top of my own personal legislative agenda for health care.
- Senator Edward M. Kennedy1932 - 2009
The greatest joy one can have is doing something for another without any thought of getting something in return.
- John Wooden1910 - 2010
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
- Albert Einstein1879 - 1955
Love is God; that is the only God that I really recognize. Love equals God.
- Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Ghandhi1869 - 1948
You have to be honest with people.
You have to have great respect for yourself.
If you see something that is not right, you must do something about it.
- Annie Wauneka1910 - 1997
We can only survive when we have a goal —
a passionate purpose which bears upon the public interest.
- Maggie Kuhn1905 - 1995
People mold us. They can inspire us, depress us, or excite us. If you look for the best in every person, the best will reveal itself.
- Norman Vincent Peale1898 - 1993
A celebrity serves himself or herself.
A hero goes out and redeems society.
- Joseph Campbell1904 - 1987
Let us endeavor to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
- Mark Twain1835 - 1910
It is a privilege to serve people, a privilege that must be earned, and once earned, there is an obligation to do something good with it.
- Barbara Jordan1936 - 1996
The moral test of good government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.
- Hubert H. Humphrey1911 - 1978
All men have obligations to one another
that transcend their obligations to their sovereign societies.
- Norman Cousins1915 - 1990
Progress comes from caring more about what needs to be done than about who gets the credit.
- Dr. Dorothy Height1912 - 2010
It is futile to love in order that we be loved in return. As soon as it is recruited to some other purpose it ceases to be love.
- Hugh Downs1921 -
There are three major hallmarks of the 21st century: caring for people, cooperating with people, and empowering people.
- Mike Vance1929 - 2013
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 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)
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 element...it’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.
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
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
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
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
Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun, who devoted her life to serving the destitute around the world. She spent many years in Calcutta, India, where she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious order that helps the poorest of the poor. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her selfless charitable work, and in 1982, she had her first meeting with NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. During this encounter, she described herself as a home care and hospice nurse and inspired Halamandaris to found the Caring Institute of Washington, DC. She was beatified in 2003, the first step on the path to becoming a saint.
- Mother TeresaHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Senator Frank E. Moss was a Utah Democrat who championed conservation and social issues in his 18 years in Congress. He was an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War and he pushed to ban cigarette advertising on radio and TV. He was also author of the Medicare and Medicaid home care benefits, author of the first Medicare hospice legislation, counsel to NAHC, chairman of the Foundation for Hospice & Homecare, and first chairman of the board of the Caring Institute dedicated to promoting caring, integrity, and public service. His own commitment to these values led his colleagues to call him “the Conscience of the Senate” and make him secretary of the Democratic Caucus.
- Senator Frank E. Moss Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a psychiatrist whose pioneering work with terminally ill patients helped revolutionize attitudes toward care of the dying. She is credited with ending centuries-old taboos in Western culture against openly discussing and studying death. She also helped change the care of terminally ill patients to make death less psychologically painful, not only for the dying but also for their doctors and nurses — and not least for the survivors. Yet her greatest influence came through her writings, especially her 1969 bestseller, On Death and Dying. She also gave many lectures, conducted extensive research into the five stages of dying, and broke new ground in counseling dying patients.
- Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Claude Pepperwas a U.S. senator from Florida and a fiery fighter for elderly rights. From 1929, when he first entered politics, until his death 60 years later, Senator Pepper introduced legislation to benefit seniors. While serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, he sponsored the Medicare home care benefit and the Medicare hospice benefit. After being elected to the Senate, he was named chairman of the Select Committee on Aging, where he became known as “Mr. Social Security” for his ardent defense of Social Security and Medicare. One of the last major pieces of Pepper’s legislative legacy was a 1986 law barring mandatory retirement based on age.
- Claude Pepper Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Lillian Wald was the founder of the Henry Street Visiting Nurse Service and the Henry Street Settlement. After being born into wealth, she studied nursing in New York, where she witnessed first hand the hardships endured by immigrants on the Lower East Side. Their plight inspired her to move to the neighborhood where she and her colleagues offered health care to people in their homes. In time, the Henry Street Settlement offered a wide array of social and educational services that reflected Wald’s commitment to social reform. Today, the Henry Street Settlement and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York live on as testaments to Wald’s endeavors for people to have healthy lives.
- Ms. Lillian D. WaldHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
William J. Simione, Jr., C.P.A., is a founding member of Simione Healthcare Consultants. He has provided the home care and hospice industry with expert guidance and support for more than 40 years. In addition to providing consulting services ranging from financial analysis to corporate strategic planning, Simione is a member of the NAHC Board of Directors, Legislative Action Committee, Universal Advocacy Advisory Board, Annual Meeting Committee, Prospective Payment System and Managed Care Task Force. He currently serves as chairperson of the Home Health Financial Managers Association and the Home Health & Hospice Political Action Committee.
- William J. Simione, Jr., C.P.A.Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Senator Susan Collins has earned renown for working across party lines to get consensus on pressing issues. A leading health care advocate, she supports programs that expand access to health care, especially in rural parts of the country. She led the fight to restore critical funding to Medicare for home health so that the aged and disabled can receive care in their homes. A founder of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, she helped triple federal funding for diabetes research. She is also co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, where she works to increase funding for Alzheimer’s research and strengthen support for family caregivers.
- Senator Susan CollinsHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Dr. Arthur S. Flemmingwas Secretary of Health, Education & Welfare in the Eisenhower administration and held other high posts under Hoover and FDR. The president of three universities, Dr. Flemming was chairman of the White House Conference on Aging in 1971 and was appointed U.S. Commissioner on Aging by President Nixon. He was also co-founder of the Save Our Social Security coalition, a Social Security advocacy group, and chairman of the board of SpeakOut USA, which organized trips across the U.S. between 1993 and 1997. As part of his commitment to the nation’s health, he produced Congressional hearings and documentary films about the importance of expanding home care under the Medicare program.
- Dr. Arthur S. FlemmingHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Mary Suther was board chairman at the Foundation for Hospice & Homecare, former chairman of NAHC's board, and former CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of Dallas. She began her career as a nurse in 1956 and then became an administrator in the Department of Health and Environmental Control in Greenville, SC. While she was there, the Atlanta VNA recruited her as their CEO to provide them with needed leadership. After working in Atlanta for five years, she was recruited by the Dallas agency in 1983. During her tenure, the budget rose from $13 million to $50 million, and the once-bankrupt nonprofit became a community resource and model of efficiency often copied by others.
- Ms. Mary S. SutherHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Edward M. Kennedy made health care reform the focal point of his 46-year career in the Senate. As longtime chair of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, he called for extending Medicare coverage to all Americans, providing medical coverage for the uninsured, and modernizing health care systems by using new technologies to cut costs. He was a co-sponsor of the Medicare and Medicaid home care benefits, sponsor of the Medicare hospice benefit, and author of the CLASS Act. In addition, he introduced the Americans with Disabilities Act and sponsored the State Children’s Health Insurance Program under which uninsured children from low-income families could get insurance.
- Senator Edward M. KennedyHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Helen Hayes was famous for her many years of success on stage. It is less well known that she had a long involvement in the American health care community. During World War II she helped promote the nursing profession through her radio program, “This is Helen Hayes,” and recruited nurses for the Army and Navy. She served as a spokeswoman for NAHC, and in 1982, she starred in the film, “No Place Like Home,” which contrasted the quality of life of older Americans in nursing homes with those who remain at home having their needs met by visiting nurses, aides, and therapists.
- Ms. Helen HayesHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Senator Robert J. Dole has showed how much he cares for his country as a longtime member of Congress and hero of World War II. A war injury left him partly paralyzed but didn't stop him from becoming one of our country's most powerful people. As Senate majority leader, he spearheaded the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and inclusion of hospice in Medicare. He forged a bipartisan compromise that saved Social Security, and he continues to serve others in private life. As chairman of the National World War II Memorial, he has honored our country’s vets, and he now co-chairs the Caring Institute Board of Trustees, where he embodies the institute's highest ideals.
- Senator Robert J. DoleHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Dr. Ruth C. Constanthas served as chairman of NAHC, twice chairman of the Texas Association for Home Care, chairman of the Foundation for Hospice & Homecare, and head of the Home Healthcare Nurses Association. She set up and developed the first home health agency in Texas certified under the Medicare program in 1966. She is founder, president, and CEO of Beaumont Home Health Service, Port Arthur Home Health Service, and Wichita Home Health Service, all founded in 1969. She was appointed to the honorary board of trustees of the Caring Institute and subsequently elected to its board of directors.
- Dr. Ruth C. ConstantHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Hugh Downs served as anchor of ABC News’ “20/20” and host of NBC’s “Today Show” and “Tonight Show.” In 1985, Downs hosted the three-hour ABC News Closeup documentary, “Growing Old in America,” which examined the problems and harsh realities facing millions of America’s aged and their families He has also been chairman of PBS’s first program on aging, and he is an advocate for home care and hospice. He serves on the advisory committee of The Caregiving Project for Older Americans, designed to bring greater awareness of the caregiving crisis to the American public and develop solutions, including a national approach to recruiting, training, and retaining professional caregivers.
- Hugh Downs Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Virginia Henderson earned the title “foremost nurse of the 20th century” for her far-reaching impact on the national and international nursing community. Her experiences taking care of the wounded during World War I and later as a public health nurse informed and inspired her work. But it was as an educator and researcher, first at Teachers College of Columbia University and then at the Yale School of Nursing, that she made her greatest mark by helping to establish nursing as a respected profession. She was the author of the most widely accepted text on nursing, where she supported holistic, patient-centered care that empowers patients to care for themselves.
- Dr. Virginia HendersonHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Don Wortleyserved patients on both the state and national level as president of the Utah Chapter of Physical Therapy and the American Physical Therapy Association. He served as chairman of the National League of Nursing, founding chairman of NAHC and its first treasurer, president of the Foundation for Hospice & Homecare, President of RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and Chairman of P.T. Board of the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. He began his career with the Utah State Health Department, served as chief P.T. at St. Mark's Hospital, operated his own practice and was an instructor at the University of California, and Duke University. He was president of IHC Therapy and IHC Home Health Agency.
- Mr. Don WortleyHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Rosalynn Carter is a former first lady of the United States, a Caring Award winner, and founder of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI). During President Carter’s years in the White House, Rosalynn Carter became a champion of mental health issues, particularly for caregivers of those with mental illness. When she began RCI, Carter reached out to organizations such as the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association, which agreed on the lack of focused caregiving programs. Since then she has been actively involved in all aspects of RCI’s mission to establish local, state, and national partnerships with organizations focused on long-term home and community-based services to help caregivers.
- Hon. Rosalynn CarterHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Dr. Robert Butlerwas a psychiatrist who challenged and reformed the treatment of the elderly through research, public policy, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning book. In Why Survive? Being Old in America, Butler expressed his vision of “ageism” and ways to defeat it. He was the founding director of the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health and advocated for the aging before Congress and the United Nations. He helped start and led the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, and the International Longevity Center. President Bill Clinton named him chairman of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging, where he put geriatrics on the map.
- Dr. Robert Butler Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Michele A. Quirolo is a longtime veteran in the field of home care. Quirolo has been at the Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley (VNAHV) since 1994. During that time, Quirolo partnered with community leaders and health care executives to transform the agency into the largest provider of home health care services in Westchester County. She was also instrumental in growing the organization’s certified hospice program, Hospice Care in Westchester & Putnam, and the licensed private duty agency, VNA Home Health Services, which offer a full continuum of home care programs. She served as NAHC’s chairman and vice chairman and as chairman of its Government Affairs Committee for eight years.
- Ms. Michele A. QuiroloHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
John Breaux was a widely recognized bipartisan leader in the Senate where he was appointed to the post of chief deputy whip. He also held a number of key committee assignments, including chairman of the Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy and chairman of the Special Committee on Aging. In this role, he highlighted the importance of protecting and strengthening Social Security, Medicare, and other programs for seniors. In 1998 he was selected by the White House and House and Senate leaders to chair the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. Also in 1998, Senator Breaux co-chaired the National Commission on Retirement Policy, which produced legislation to help reform Social Security.
- Senator John BreauxHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Dame Cicely Saunders trained as a nurse, a medical social worker, and finally as a physician. From 1948 on she was involved in the care of patients with terminal illness, lectured widely on the subject, wrote many articles, and contributed to a great number of books. She founded St. Christopher's Hospice in 1967 as the first research and teaching hospice linked with clinical care, pioneering the field of palliative medicine. Besides serving 34 years as medical director and chairman of St. Christopher's, Saunders was involved with the creation of hospice teams worldwide. Her single-minded vision changed the way we think about care of the dying and earned her renown as founder of the modern hospice movement.
- Dame Cicely SaundersHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Andrea L. Devoti is president and CEO of the Neighborhood Health Agencies (NHA), Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania. NHA has been a local provider of home health, hospice, private duty, and Senior HealthLink services to the people in Chester County and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania since 1912. She also serves as chairman of NAHC’s board of directors. Devoti has over 30 years of health care experience, 12 of them in home care and hospice. She is a Certified Home Care & Hospice Executive (CHCE) with a Master of Business Administration Degree from Widener University and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.
- Andrea L. Devoti Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Elaine D. Stephens is a longtime leader of NAHC and its current executive VP. She has served as NAHC’s secretary and chairman and as chairman of the Home Healthcare Nurses Association. She has also been president and CEO of Visiting Nurse Service of Greater Rhode Island and Hospice Care of the Visiting Nurse Service of Greater Rhode Island, one of the state's largest home care and hospice providers. She is a member of the board of directors of the Ballou Home and the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Visiting Nurse Network of Rhode Island, and past secretary of the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care.
- Elaine D. StephensHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Mike Vance was one of the foremost innovators in management development, training, and building corporate cultures. He was dean of Disney University where he set new standards in customer service and "the one man" that Walt Disney hired to capture and transmit the Disney values. Mr. Vance was responsible for hiring and training of employees at Walt Disney World when it opened, and he was the author of several books, including Think Out of the Box, Break Out of the Box, and Raise the Bar. He was a mentor and advisor to Apple Computer's Steve Jobs, General Electric’s Jack Welch, Marriott’s Bill Marriott, and the boards of major corporations such as AT&T and M&M’s/Mars.
- Mike VanceHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Dr. Margaret Cushman is the former CEO of VNA Healthcare and an influential figure in the expansion of home care services in Connecticut. She was chairman and secretary of NAHC and the first dean of Home Care University. She has served on numerous health care boards, including the Connecticut Association for Home Care and St. Mary’s Hospital, and also as corporator of Hartford Hospital and the Hospital for Special Care. Dr. Cushman is on the graduate faculty at the Penn State College of Nursing and is an associate clinical professor at Yale School of Nursing.
- Dr. Margaret CushmanHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Gary M. Bremer has been on the board of directors of ebank since its formation in August 1997 and has taken three companies public during his career. He has served as Chairman of Simione Central Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded information systems and management services company in the home health industry. Before joining Simione, Bremer was president and CEO of Central Health Holding Company, Inc. and its subsidiary, Central Health Services, Inc. He is the co-founder and former director for the Foundation for Medically Fragile Children, treasurer and board member of the Caring Institute, and a former member of the board of directors for the Medal of Honor Foundation.
- Gary M. BremerHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Helen Heyrman earned the nickname “Home Health Helen” as an early leader in the field of aging. Heyrman helped create NAHC in 1982 and was the longtime director of the Illinois Homecare & Hospice Council. She worked as a family consultant for Project Head Start, a summer program for children from low-income communities attending public school in the fall, and later for a health care consulting firm in Chicago, before joining the Illinois Homecare & Hospice Council. She also served as the chairman of the Forum of State Associations, as delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, and as president of the Illinois Gerontology Consortium.
- Helen HeyrmanHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Ronald A. Malone has served as a director of Hill-Rom since 2007. He served as chairman of the board of Gentiva Health Services from 2002 to 2011, as CEO from 2002 through 2008, and as a director through 2012. He joined Gentiva in 2000 as executive vice president and president of Gentiva's Home Health Division, a position that allowed him to help unify the home care industry. Before joining Gentiva, he served as executive vice president of Olsten Corporation and president of Olsten Staffing Services, United States and Canada. He is a director of Capital Senior Living, Inc., a former director of NAHC, and a former director and chairman of the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation.
- Ronald A. MaloneHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Maggie Kuhn began the most important work of her life after being forced to retire from her career. She growled back by founding the Grey Panthers, a name derived from the radical Black Panthers. Despite its stress on aging issues, Kuhn’s organization brought young and old together to end injustice, oppression, and discrimination. The group opposed the war in Vietnam, lobbied against the mandatory retirement age, pushed for nursing home reform, and championed a government-paid health insurance program. Her goal was to knock down myths about aging that depicted elders as weak and unproductive. And she made her point in TV interviews with Johnny Carson, on the picket line, and on Capitol Hill.
- Maggie KuhnHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
President William J. Clinton pushed for expansion of the Medicare home health benefit and helped defeat home health copays in 1997. Since then, he has made a worldwide impact through the Clinton Global Initiative. His organization has brought health care to developing nations, provided their citizens with clean water, and sought cures for malaria and HIV/AIDS. It has been active in disaster relief, and Clinton joined former Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush in raising funds for hurricane and tsunami victims. He has also been a catalyst for the work of the Thea and Gates foundations as they join him in making the world a better place.
- President William J. ClintonHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Ruth Castellano is the vice president of BJC Home Care Services. Initially a staff nurse at Christian Hospital, Castellano became a referral coordinator for Christian Hospital Home Health Care in 1984 and was promoted to director of the program in 1985. During the next 13 years, she led the consolidation of eight certified home health agencies, three hospice programs, a home infusion agency, one home medical equipment operation, and three private duty programs into one cohesive and cost-effective agency — BJC Home Care Services.
- Ruth CastellanoHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Rodney D. Windley serves as president of the Georgia Association for Home Care. Mr. Windley was a founder of the Healthfield Group, Inc. and served as its chairman and CEO from 1986-2006. Mr. Windley co-founded Central Health Services, Inc. and served as its president. He also serves as chairman emeritus of Fragile Kids Foundation, a charity he started in 1992. He currently serves as vice chairman of Gentiva Health Services, Inc. and as vice chairman of the Georgia Chapter of the March of Dimes. He has been a director of Gentiva Health Services, Inc. since 2006.
- Rodney D. Windley Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Tarky Lombardi spent 27 years as a state senator in New York, where he authored and sponsored legislation resulting in numerous changes in state law. He now serves clients in the health care, telecommunications, energy, insurance, and transportation industries as an attorney with Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith. In the senate, he championed a bill that led to the Nursing Home Without Walls Program, which enables Medicaid eligible, chronically ill and disabled to remain in their homes.
- Tarky LombardiHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Mary Labyakwas the founder of Suncoast Hospice, one of the first hospices in the nation. Later, as the organization’s CEO, she would lead the hospice as the vanguard of a new multibillion-dollar industry. Under Labyak’s leadership, Suncoast forged innovations, such as caring for HIV/AIDS patients in the early stages of the pandemic, developing highly specialized pediatric palliative care, and reaching out to communities that underused hospice. At the time of her death, she was chair of the National Hospice Foundation board of trustees and co-chair of the National Center for Care at the End of Life.
- Mary LabyakHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Dirk Kempthorne has served as U.S. secretary of the interior, U.S. senator from Idaho, and the 30th governor of the state. His leadership capabilities were recognized by the National Governors Association (NGA), which elected him chairman in 2003. Upon assuming this role, Kempthorne asserted that long-term care was the number- one problem facing the U.S., and he led the NGA through a series of hearings and fact-finding missions on long-term care. In recognition of his efforts, he received the Claude Pepper Award, presented yearly to the person who has done the most for the disabled and aged.
- Honorable Dirk KempthorneHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Katheen Dodd is founder and CEO of the Corridor Group, a leading consulting organization in the home care industry. In the course of her career, Ms. Dodd has established successful home health programs for two hospital systems and served as national director of home care operations for a national provider of home health. She served a six-year term on the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization’s (JCAHO) Technical Advisory Committee as well as a four-year term as regional representative on the board of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice.
- Katheen DoddHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Paul Hogan co-founded Home Instead Senior Care in 1994. Since the beginning, his leadership has helped take Home Instead Senior Care from one franchise in Omaha to 900 that reach nearly one million seniors worldwide. Paul serves as a board member of the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation and the National Private Duty Foundation. Lori (his wife and business partner) has written an inspiring book called Strength for the Moment to encourage caregivers in their labor of love. Demonstrating their commitment to enhancing seniors’ lives, the Hogans became anchor donors for the Home Instead Center for Successful Aging in 2008. This partnership between the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Home Instead Senior Care focuses on helping seniors age with greater success.
- Paul HoganHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Max Cleland has been a distinguished public servant for nearly 50 years. After being seriously wounded in the Vietnam War, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Silver Star for his heroic service. Since then he has advocated for veterans and the disabled. In the Georgia State Senate, he helped enact into law legislation which made public facilities accessible to the handicapped and the aged. As VA administrator, he created the Vet Center counseling program for veterans and their families. And in the Senate, he pushed to make public buildings accessible to the handicapped, sought more federal aid for special education, and demanded increased funding for minority schools.
- Max ClelandHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Christopher Reeve is an actor, director, and activist. From his first appearance on stage at age 15, Reeve earned renown as one of the country’s leading actors. However, after being injured in an equestrian competition, Reeve not only put a human face on spinal cord injury, he also motivated neuroscientists worldwide to conquer the most complex diseases of the nervous system and brain. In 1999, he became chairman of the Christopher Reeve Foundation that supports research to develop treatments for paralysis and funds grants that improve life for the disabled. As vice chairman of the National Organization on Disability he addressed quality of life issues for the disabled, and he worked tirelessly to increase funding to cure Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, MS, ALS, and stroke.
- Christopher ReeveHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Carol Raphael served as the president and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the largest nonprofit home health agency in the United States. Before joining VNSNY, Raphael held positions as director of operations management at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and New York City government. She now serves as Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University and chairs the New York eHealth Collaborative, a public private partnership to advance the adoption of health information technology. She is the incoming chair of the Long-Term Quality Alliance and a member of the National Quality Forum Coordinating Committee. This year, she was appointed to the Commission on Long-Term Care, which Congress recently created to develop plans for a comprehensive system of long-term care.
- Carol RaphaelHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Judith Bellomeis former CEO of Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care in Kansas. She is also a published author and a former board member of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. After earning her nursing degree, she worked as a pediatric nurse and nursing instructor at Kings County Hospital, where she fell in love with home care and hospice nursing. She became executive director of a Wyandotte County home health agency and then CEO of Douglas County VNA, where she was proactive in raising money for new ventures and introduced a private duty program. She was recently appointed to the Douglas County Senior Center Board in Lawrence, Kansas, and to the executive council of AARP Kansas.
- Judith Bellome Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Cathy Frasca is former executive director of South Hills Health System Home Health Agency in Homestead, Pennsylvania. As leader on a large hospital-based home health agency, she has taken on the White House, legislators, and payers on behalf of consumers. She has spoken out for their concerns in a wide range of publications including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Hospitals & Health Networks, and Hospital Home Health, where she served as consulting editor. In 1986, she spoke about the need for greater home care at a hearing before the Senate Special Committee on Aging. She has also lent her expertise as a member of the advisory council at Caring to Help Others and as former vice chair of the board at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice
- Cathy Frasca Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Ann Armstrong-Dailey founded Children’s Hospice International at a time when few hospices would accept children. She was committed to changing that inequity after facing the death of a family member without support. And she has advanced her cause by working with the Department of Health and Human Services to find better solutions for families. Based on her input, Congress approved appropriations for a program of inclusive care that would go from the time children are diagnosed through bereavement if needed.
- Ann Armstrong-Dailey Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Susan Levine is the executive director of Hospice of the Valley, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit hospices, where she oversees 1,500 staff members. 2,500 volunteers, and a $150 million budget. Her passion for community-based end-of life care has led her to be active on national policy issues related to home care and hospice. In recent years, she has developed an innovative dementia program and a palliative care program for late-stage chronically ill patients who are not ready for hospice.
- Susan Levine Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Sister Mary Giovanni was charged with caring for the sick and dying of her Felician order. The experience led her to found Angela Hospice, the first facility of its kind in Michigan. She has also been very active in the development of a mobile clinic in Haiti and has made several trips to the area with the Felician Sisters Ministry. Now CEO Emeritus of the organization she founded, she will no longer manage daily operations but will continue to be a difference maker in her community.
- Sister Mary Giovanni Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Rosemary Johnson-Hurzeler has spent nearly four decades as president and CEO of America’s first hospice, The Connecticut Hospice. Under her inspired leadership, the organization literally wrote the book on hospice. The protocols they developed became industry standards, and they shared what they learned with others. Ms. Hurzeler made The Connecticut Hospice a yardstick against which to measure all, as the Joint Commission acknowledged when it awarded the hospice its first Advanced Certification in Palliative Care.
- Rosemary Johnson-Hurzeler Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
Senator Ron Wyden is a member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee and a longtime ally of home care and hospice. He has sponsored key pieces of legislation that would increase access to home care and hospice, including the Hospice HELP Act and the Independence at Home Act demonstration project. Recently he intervened with the White House to delay implementation of the Employer Mandate requirement and introduced his own SGR repeal legislation that would not require cuts to other health care providers.
- Senator Ron WydenHome Care & Hospice Hall of Fame
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