Val J. Halamandaris Honored with Home Care and Hospice “Hero Award” from the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice
September 13, 2013 08:47 AM
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Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2013) –Val J. Halamandaris, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) was honored with the “Home Care and Hospice Hero Award” from the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice (OCHCH) at the 2013 Fall Conference & Tradeshow Annual Awards Luncheon on September 12 in Columbus, Ohio. TheHome Care and Hospice Hero Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the improvement and advancement of home care and hospice during their career.
Halamandaris is a well-respected and nationally known expert in health, aging, and long-term care. Working with home health advocates since the beginning of his career, Halamandaris served as associate counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging for nine years before becoming director of oversight and senior counsel for the House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging. In this position, he worked to preserve and extend Social Security, established a program to help stop abuses in the sale of health insurance to supplement Medicare, and removed impediments restricting use of the Medicare and Medicaid home care benefits.
Halamandaris started the National Association for Home Care & Hospice in 1982 with the mission of bringing health care back home where it belongs. NAHC is the largest and most-respected professional association representing the interests of Americans who need home care (including acute, long-term, and terminal care) and the caregivers who provide them with in-home health and supportive services.
NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris stated “I am truly honored and humbled to receive this award from the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice. There is no more important work than the work done daily to ensure that the poorest, sickest and most vulnerable Americans are able to receive care in the comfort of their homes.”
“Val J. Halamandaris has been called ‘the leader of the Last Great Civil Rights Movement’ because he has devoted more than 50 years to fighting for the rights of aged, infirm, disabled and dying Americans,” stated Kathleen Anderson, OCHCH president. “He has been my mentor and role model for the 20 years that I have served the Ohio home care and hospice industries, and I am proud that Ohio is presenting Val with this prestigious award.”
Ms. Anderson was also recognized at the conference for her 20 years of service to the home care and hospice community. “Thank you Kathleen for your many years of outstanding service to the Ohio Council,” said Halamandaris.
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 www.nahc.org.