NAHC Announces Keynote Speakers for NAHC Annual Meeting

NAHC Announces Keynote Speakers for NAHC Annual Meeting

June 3, 2014 02:22 PM


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

Washington, DC (June 3, 2014) — The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is pleased to announce three new high-profile speakers for its Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 19 – 22, 2014. Featured speakers include Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chairman, Senate Finance Committee; former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords; and her husband, astronaut and retired U.S. Navy captain Mark Kelly.
“We are honored and delighted to have Chairman Wyden join us at our annual Meeting,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “And we are proud to bring our members two of our nation’s most-respected heroes — Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly.”
Senator Ron Wyden is scheduled to speak Sunday, October 19, 2014. He is the senior U.S. Senator for Oregon, serving since 1996, and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served from 1981 to 1996. Whether he’s taking on powerful interests, listening to constituents at one of his famous town hall meetings, or standing up for Oregonians on the Senate floor, Wyden is an effective leader on issues that matter most. He now serves on the Committees on Finance, Budget, and Intelligence, along with the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He is also chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and ranking Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords is known across the country for her resilience in the face of violence, and for her consensus-building leadership in Congress. First elected to Arizona’s 8th Congressional District seat in 2006, she went on to win re-elections in 2008 and 2010. Then, on January 8, 2011, a would-be assassin opened fire at a local event in Tucson, where Giffords was meeting with constituents. Six people were killed, and 13 others were injured in the attack. Among the injured was Giffords, who sustained a gunshot wound to the head and faced immediate neurosurgery to treat her life-threatening injuries. She resigned her Congressional seat in January 2012 but has gone on to lobby for public safety and share her story nationwide.

Mark Kelly is an American astronaut, retired U.S. Navy captain, bestselling author, prostate cancer survivor, and experienced naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War. As an astronaut, he flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. He has also commanded Space Shuttle Discovery and is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions. The mantra of the space program has long been “Failure is not an option.” And he has seen the true meaning of the phrase right at home as watches his wife’s relentless work to make the world a better place.
Giffords and Kelly are scheduled to speak on Sunday, October 19, 2014. For a taste for what’s in store, read their bestselling memoir, Gabby, in which they share their story of hope and resilience with the world. This inspiring account has topped multiple bestseller lists, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon. Together, Giffords and Kelly show the power of the human spirit to overcome obstacles and succeed against the odds.

Additional keynote speakers are still being finalized.

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About NAHC
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more about NAHC, visit