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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

VOTE TODAY for NAHC President in Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Powerful People in Health Care

Voting Closes TODAY!
June 25, 2009 01:00 AM

National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) President Val J. Halamandaris has once again been selected as a finalist by Modern Healthcare for its annual 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare issue. He has been placed on the prestigious list numerous times in recent years.

Each year, the editors of Modern Healthcare solicit nominations for the most powerful people in U.S. health care. Hundreds of nominations are received. During the summer, any interested parties may vote for their top choices on the magazine’s website. The results are then tabulated in August and arranged from number one (the person receiving the most votes) through number 100, which is the end cutoff number. For Halamandaris to be on the list and comparatively high on it is impressive considering the size of the home care and hospice community as compared, for example, to insurance companies and hospitals.

However, Halamandaris is far from alone in the running. Numerous health care groups are stepping up their efforts to have their leaders recognized on this list during this historic year when critical negotiations are under way in Congress and with the Administration relative to enactment of comprehensive health care reform legislation that would make health care available to all Americans.

While NAHC supports health care reform, it has taken the position that the extension of health care for all must not come at the expense of the 3.5 million Americans who are so sick they are confined to home and need help with multiple complex medical problems. It is imperative that NAHC’s voice be heard during this debate.

NAHC Board Chairman Michele Quirolo is encouraging everyone in home care and hospice to help make a show of strength by voting for Val J. Halamandaris on this exclusive list. “It is vitally important to the home care and hospice community that Val be included even higher up on this list this year,” said Quirolo.

In Washington, “perception is reality,” Quirolo explained. “You have only as much power as people believe you have. The Modern Healthcare list is one means for measuring clout in Washington. We need to arm our President in the coming debate with all the resources we can.  He deserves this recognition in his own right and as our representative. The higher Val is up on this list the greater the perception of the influence that we will have in the forthcoming decisions on health care reform.”

See What Others Have Said

Many grateful members of the health care community have already cast their votes. Here’s what they had to say:

“I think he is one of the most caring and compassionate people that I have had the pleasure to meet. Thank you for bringing this to my attention and giving me the opportunity to do this small thing for him.”

“Val is an awesome person.”

“I would love to vote for Val.” 

“I have voted and have sent [the] message (and my own) to all of my colleagues. I SINCERELY BELIEVE THAT VAL DESERVES THIS HONOR AND HOPE THAT OUR EFFORTS HELP!!”

“I voted, so proud of Val!”


To vote for Val please visit Modern Healthcare’s website at , then click on “Vote for the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare,” and vote for your top 10 selections.  Nominees are listed alphabetically.  Time is of the essence as voting will close June 26, 2009.




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