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NAHC Hires Davis Baird as New Director for Government Affairs for Hospice
Washington, D.C. — The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is proud to announce the addition of Davis Baird, the new Director of Government Affairs for Hospice.
Davis comes to us from the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, where he was the Policy and Advocacy Manager. Prior to that, he worked at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Altarum’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness.
Davis graduated from the College of Charleston and received an MS in Gerontology from the University of Southern California.
“Advocacy has been the central focus of NAHC since its beginning in 1982,” said NAHC President William A. Dombi. “Adding Davis to our great team is a major plus. He brings the best blend of policy and advocacy experience, together with a deep passion and knowledge of hospice. His addition comes at a very important time in hospice, as it has gained significant attention from Congress and CMS recently. NAHC is now fully equipped to bring 5-star hospice advocacy.”
“The NAHC Advocacy team is the best in the industry and adding Davis Baird will make it even stronger;” said Mary Myers, Chair of the NAHC Board of Directors and President/CEO Johns Hopkins Home Care Group. “This is a further demonstration of NAHC’s commitment to hospice at a time when it has never been more important in our health care system. Hospice providers, patients, and families should be confident that NAHC is fighting for them.”
“We’re delighted to welcome Davis to the NAHC team,” said NAHC Vice President for Hospice Policy Theresa Forster. “Our goal in expanding the hospice team was to increase our capacity for advocacy work in Congress and development of policy recommendations that best reflect the needs of the terminally ill and seriously ill populations. Davis has a wealth of experience and a deep personal commitment to work in this area, and we look forward to the contribution he will make to advance the interests of patients, caregivers, and providers in this area.”
“It is an honor and a privilege to join the incredible team at NAHC,” said Mr. Baird. “I am passionate about improving the lives of people with serious and complex illness, and I’ve spent my career advocating for ways to support their ability to get good care in their homes and communities.
“As NAHC’s new Director of Government Affairs for Hospice, I will fight for policies that support home health agencies and hospices’ ability to adapt to the future care and payment landscapes and continue providing high-quality care for patients and families across the country.
“Care in the home is an idea whose time has come, and there are signs all around us that that time is now. NAHC members are the leaders in this space, and I look forward to working with them to build a future where everyone, no matter where they live or what their background is, can access the supports they need in the place they prefer.”
NAHC has been the leading voice for home care and hospice providers and patients for decades and that’s not going to change. We are confident the addition of Davis Baird will make our advocacy even stronger, allowing us to advance toward our goal of enabling America’s elderly and disabled to maintain their dignity and independence by putting the center of health care back where it belongs, in the home.
About National Association for Home Care & Hospice (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, visit nahc.org.