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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

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice Announces Members of the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame

September 23, 2011 05:37 PM


For additional information:

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

WASHINGTON D.C. (Sept. 23, 2011) – Today, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), released the names of the first 30 persons to be inducted into the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame. New honorees will be voted for each year.

“We are proud to announce the inaugural class of the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame,” said Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC President. “The 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 reserved for all Americans in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. This includes the right to receive care in their homes and to die there with dignity.”

The honorees, who have all done much to advance this right, will officially be announced on Monday, October 3, at the General Session of the NAHC 30th Annual Meeting & Exposition. The session will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Ballroom EFGH of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The announcement follows a careful process of selection. After accepting nominations for several months, NAHC staff and volunteers chose a class of 60 finalists. The responsibility to choose the winners went to the NAHC board of directors, along with a 12-member nominating committee representing each section of NAHC.

The 30 winners — one for each year of NAHC’s existence — will have their portraits, along with a summary of their achievements, hung in NAHC’s headquarters at 228 7th Street, SE, Washington, DC. In the future, NAHC will choose one to five winners every year and announce their names at its Annual Meeting. Next year’s Annual Meeting will take place at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, and nominations for the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame are already open.

Suggestions for new Hall of Fame members will be welcome all year long. To make a nomination, email NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris at Include the person’s name and a few paragraphs about why they deserve induction into the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame.

"An association, like a nation, is who it honors," Halamandaris said. "The 30 people who have been named all honor us by the quality of their lives and their service to others, particularly the aged, ill, and disabled. They are wonderful role models whose example will inspire generations yet unborn to lead a life of caring and public service."

Below is a list of the 2011 honorees for the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame:

  1. Mother Teresa
  2. Senator Frank E. Moss
  3. Hon. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D.
  4. Senator Claude Pepper
  5. Ms. Lillian D. Wald
  6. William J. Simione, Jr., C.P.A.
  7. Senator Susan Collins
  8. Dr. Arthur S. Flemming
  9. Ms. Mary S. Suther
  10. Senator Edward M. Kennedy
  11. Ms. Helen Hayes
  12. Senator Robert J. Dole
  13. Dr. Ruth C. Constant
  14. Hon. Hugh Downs
  15. Dr. Virginia Henderson
  16. Mr. Don Wortley
  17. Hon. Rosalynn Carter
  18. Hon. Robert Butler, M.D.
  19. Ms. Michele A. Quirolo
  20. Senator John Breaux
  21. Dame Cicely Saunders
  22. Ms. Andrea L. Devoti
  23. Ms. Elaine D. Stephens
  24. Mr. Mike Vance
  25. Dr. Margaret Cushman
  26. Mr. Gary M. Bremer
  27. Ms. Helen Heyrman
  28. Mr. Ronald A. Malone
  29. Ms. Maggie Kuhn
  30. President William J. Clinton

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 10 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying. 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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