National Association for Home Care & Hospice 30th annual meeting and exposition in Las Vegas a success
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Barbara D. Woolley
WASHINGTON D.C. (Oct. 12, 2011) The 30th anniversary of the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) was celebrated at the annual meeting and exposition in Las Vegas this week. With 5,000 attendees and over 500 exhibitors, the three day meeting was a great success.
Attendees had their choice of more than 135 educational sessions for continuing education credits with over nine different program tracks. New to the exhibitor hall this year was the Technology Pavilion which provided 20 minute product demonstrations highlighting the opportunities of technology in home care and hospice. For the first time ever at a NAHC conference, attendees could download a phone app where they could download conference schedules, info and connect with other attendees. The phone app was sponsored by Homecare Homebase. Live updates were also sent out via Twitter @OfficialNAHC for attendees to keep up with.
Keynote speakers included, Ken Dychtwald of Age Wave; creator of the online news bureau The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington; political commentator Paul Begala; the Honorable Tom Daschle and author and political commentator Eleanor Clift, who also both received the Lifetime Achievement Award; andlongtime entertainer Wayne Newton, who received a Caring award from the Caring Institute for his lifes work with the USO.
Other awards that were given out during the conference include: Dr. Lawrence Kline, Director of Scripps Clinic Sleep Center and Mother Teresas physician Physician of the Year; Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Lillian D. Wald Home Care Hero Award; and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Claude D. Pepper Award.
This years CEO Leadership School was dedicated to analyzing what qualities made Mother Teresa such a great leader and manager. The discussion, chaired by Val J. Halamandaris, Founder and Executive Director of the Caring Institute, brought together six of the people who knew Mother Teresa best Glenn Kielty, Founder, Technico Development & Financing, Coach Dale Brown, CEO, Dale Brown Enterprises and Coach Dale Brown Foundation, Lawrence Kline, DO, Director, Scripps Clinic Sleep Center, and Michael Collopy, Founder and photographer for rchitectsofPeaceFoundation.org. Panelists described the qualities and the behavior which made Mother Teresa such a great leader and manager and who spoke about their relationships to Mother Teresa. The CEO Leadership School was sponsored by the Caring Institute and McKesson.
Over 1,000 people danced the night away at the 30 th anniversary bash at Studio 54 in the MGM Grand, a representation of the iconic 70s nightclub in New York City. The event was sponsored by Simione Consultants.
The annual conference gathered together home health, hospice and private duty agencies, nurses, therapists and physicians from around the country to participate the most comprehensive, timely, quality programs designed especially for the home care and hospice industry. The theme for this year was Leading the Last Great Civil Rights Battle: Maximizing Opportunity, Minimizing Risk, which reflected the opportunities for home care and hospice to reshape the health care system as it prepares to receive the 78 million-strong baby boom generation.
Ensuring the right to be cared for in our homes is Americas last great civil rights battle. The great gift of all the advances in medicine and technology we have accomplished is that, humans can now live longer than ever, but we have seen along with this a ballooning of chronic illness. The care of the disabled and elderly may well be the defining issue for America in the early years of this 21st century. Home care may well be the most non-partisan issue that will be faced in the coming years and one which will have the most immediate impact on the future of American.
The NAHC 31st Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida on October 21-24, 2012. The theme of this years conference is Home Care Technology: The Great Equalizer.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nations 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.